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8. Active and welcomed member of the community 

The communities where we operate are far more than just the physical locations of our facilities. These communities are made up of our neighbors and key stakeholders. They are also the places where our employees choose to live and raise their families, and where our future workforce is educated and trained. It is important to us to be both an active and a welcomed member of our communities. 

Why is this important to us?

Often, we are the largest employer in the communities where our facilities are located. As a result, these areas are directly impacted by our operations. We are committed to being a responsible and sustainable corporate citizen by understanding and addressing the needs of our community stakeholders. 

The commercial imperative

What kind of challenges do we face?

Our goal is to develop and maintain the trust of our local stakeholders, allowing us to be a welcomed member of each community. Operating under our legacy companies, our facilities have been a major presence in their respective communities for generations, in some cases over 100 or 200 years. ArcelorMittal is a relatively new brand in the steel industry, having been established in 2007. As a result, we must work even harder to build our stakeholders’ trust. Our facilities make positive contributions to our local communities in many ways. From the economic contribution through employment and taxes to community investment programming and employee engagement, ArcelorMittal is a contributor to every community where we operate. 

What do we need to do?

We must work in partnership with our community stakeholders to address local opportunities and challenges as they arise. We encourage open and transparent stakeholder dialogue through stakeholder meetings. We also engage with our stakeholders to affect positive change locally and believe in having 360-degree partnerships, including financial investments and employee volunteerism. Our grant and volunteer initiatives are strategically aligned with the community needs we have the ability and expertise to address. These initiatives include science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education, environment, and health and safety initiatives.    

What is the potential to create value?

By being an engaged member of our communities, we create value for our stakeholders and the company. Through our partnerships, we are able to respond to stakeholder issues and strengthen the overall community. As a company, we benefit through enhanced trust and a strengthened reputation.  



2016 Highlights


ArcelorMittal awarded $6.9 million in grants and matching donations in the U.S. to nonprofit partners working in our communities.

 

U.S. employees gave $1.3 million and ArcelorMittal matched $750,000 in employee donations to 774 nonprofit organizations across the country.

 

In 2016, U.S. employees donated more than 4,050 hours of their time to our local nonprofit partners through ArcelorMittal-sponsored volunteer projects. This included doubling our skills-based STEM volunteerism since 2015.

Case studies: Community

Millennium Reserve becomes the Calumet Collaborative

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Sustainable development means, in short, meeting today’s needs without compromising future generations. At ArcelorMittal, we believe our company and the steel industry can rise to this challenge. One of the many ways we contribute to sustainable development at ArcelorMittal is through public-private partnerships that build opportunities to be an active and welcome member of the communities where we operate. We recognize it is not enough for ArcelorMittal to be resilient and sustainable; the communities surrounding us must be as well. Our experience has shown that strong public-private partnerships can be instrumental in bringing together a variety of experienced, like-minded partners to leverage collective resources around common goals for greater impact.

Our involvement and leadership within Millennium Reserve exemplifies this work in action. With a large footprint in the Calumet region, ArcelorMittal was a founding member of Millennium Reserve – a public-private partnership formed in 2012 by then Illinois Governor Pat Quinn as part of President Obama’s America’s Great Outdoors call to action. The group was formed to bring together state and local government agencies, nonprofit organizations, and private companies to advance sustainable development initiatives that recognize and build on the nexus between economic development, stronger, more resilient communities, and the many environmental and ecological assets of the Calumet region. 

Bill Steers, general manager of communications and corporate responsibility for ArcelorMittal Americas, was honored to become chair of the Millennium Reserve in 2015, and with the support of Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner, has been working to move this project to the next level. In 2016, in an effort to strengthen the partnership and foster a new level of collaboration in the region, Millennium Reserve expanded across the Illinois border, engaging stakeholders in Northwest Indiana and taking a regional approach to solving the area’s great challenges. Reflecting this larger geography, the group has changed its name to Calumet Collaborative and is applying for its 501(c)3 designation with the IRS.

The Calumet Collaborative has four focus areas that will drive projects in the region:
 
Economic opportunity: Industry innovation, cultivation of a robust economy, job creation, workforce development, talent attraction and retention

Livable communities
: Access and connectivity to transit and trails, housing, outdoor recreation

Cultural heritage
: Elevate culture and history 

Natural resources: Green infrastructure, conservation and restoration, environmental justice/quality; land, air and water remediation

ArcelorMittal is proud to have our own Bill Steers at the helm of this public-private partnership and remains committed to bettering the regions where we operate through sustainable innovation and fruitful partnerships. 

 

Using LEGOs as a vehicle for STEM education

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At ArcelorMittal, we recognize the importance of scientists and engineers to our business, our industry and our communities.  As a result, over 40 percent of our annual community investment budget supports STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) education throughout the United States. In the U.S., 15-year-olds rank 21st in science test scores among 34 developed nations. Of high school seniors who take the ACT, only 31 percent are ready for college-level science courses. ArcelorMittal wants to be a part of the solution in reversing these statistics. To do so, all children must have access to STEM experiences.

In 2016, ArcelorMittal decided to expand our partnerships with two science institutions in order to bring STEM to children and their families through a fun and relatable medium: LEGOs! 

Brick by Brick at the Museum of Science and Industry  

The Museum of Science and Industry (MSI) is the largest science center in the western hemisphere. The museum hosts nearly 1.5 million visitors each year, including approximately 350,000 children on field trips. Since 2012, ArcelorMittal has invested $375,000 in programming with MSI. 

In 2016, we funded the Brick by Brick exhibit which features hands-on building challenges and 13 giant LEGO®-built structures of engineering marvels constructed by LEGO® Certified Professional and Chicago native, Adam Reed Tucker. Many of the of the real-world structures featured in the exhibit – including the St. Louis Gateway Arch, Golden Gate Bridge, Burj Khalifa and One World Trade Center – have been constructed with ArcelorMittal (or legacy company) steel.

STEM education is at the core of Brick by Brick. Museum guests can practice the skills scientists and engineers use, including asking questions, developing models and designing solutions. Brick by Brick supports the type of thinking that all children need in an increasingly STEM-focused world. Hands-on activities include exploring the strength of materials by walking on a steel I-beam, and building and testing LEGO structures to withstand earthquakes and heavy winds.

“At the essence of innovation, science and engineering is creativity. The simple act of play is its catalyst,” said Kurt Haunfelner, vice president of exhibits and collections at MSI. “This exhibit explores that close relationship, using a very relatable and much-loved toy, the LEGO brick. We want both kids and adults to come to this exhibit and leave motivated by the idea that play is a powerful thing and that a new world can come from a single brick.”

Build It! Engineering Fun, One Brick at a Time at the Great Lakes Science Center

The Build It! exhibit officially launched in February 2017, but our partnership with the Great Lakes Science Center (GLSC) and the planning process go back many years.  Like the Museum of Science and Industry, GLSC sought to bring the love of LEGOs to life-sized proportions, inspiring visitors to design, engineer, problem-solve and build. 

Most of Build It! was developed, designed and fabricated by Science Center staff working with an inspiring team of LEGO artists including Adam Ward, Michael Hickox and Arthur Gugick. Additionally, several ArcelorMittal Cleveland engineers served as STEM advisors for the exhibition.  

The exhibit is being presented in three distinctly different hands-on phases so guests can build their own unique experience each time they visit: Play It! Explore It! Move It! Each phase features activities and experiences for LEGO lovers of all ages, from creating brick puzzle mazes and mosaics and marveling at spectacular sculptures, to exhibits that take LEGO into the exciting realm of motion through simple machines and robotics. 

Dr. Kirsten Ellenbogen, CEO of the Science Center, explains that, “Curiosity and creativity are at the heart of what we do here at the Science Center. We have taken that to the next level in Build It!, using LEGOs to create exciting ways for guests to play with design
 
Skills-based volunteerism in our communities

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Each year, hundreds of ArcelorMittal employees generously give back to the communities where they live and work. Whether making monetary donations to support local nonprofits or volunteering to lend a hand with schools or NGOs, our employees realize the importance of helping those in need and those hungry to learn. 

Our employees engage in skills-based volunteer efforts that benefit not only organizations and schools, but also allows them to tap into their own talents to help others. Whether it’s helping students with after-school science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) projects or helping clear open spaces by removing invasive plants, our employees enjoy participating in activities that match their skill-sets while helping their local neighborhoods and schools. 

We partner with after-school STEM and environmental education programs offered by the Boys and Girls Clubs of America, Science Olympiad, Great Lakes Science Center, Girl Scouts of America, and Indiana Dunes Environmental Learning Center and YMCA, to name a few. Our employees enjoy assisting with project-based activities and programs that provide students with the valuable knowledge and skills that can help shape their future career aspirations. 

“Working in a steel mill and in a STEM environment allows me to work with men and women who are experts in their fields, in situations that continually challenge me to think differently, to solve issues, and to do something better,” says Judith Cremieux, process automation manager, ArcelorMittal Indiana Harbor. “This is what I hope to share with young girls when I volunteer for STEM activities: that a career in a STEM field promises work that values inspiration and an opportunity for continual learning.”