ArcelorMittal has achieved ResponsibleSteel certification for its Asturias Cluster in Spain and ArcelorMittal Méditerranée in France, company’s first sites to be certified in both France and Spain.In Spain, sites in Asturias, Etxebarri, Lesaka and Sagunto successfully passed the third-party audit carried out by DNV GL and based on the ResponsibleSteel standard, which is the first global certification initiative for the steel industry focused on social, environmental and corporate governance aspects.And in France, ArcelorMittal sites in Fos-sur-Mer in Bouches du Rhône and Saint Chély d'Apcher in Lozère also successfully completed the audit process, which was carried out by international auditing firm AFNOR, which specializes in assessment and certification services.The standard is based on 12 Principles which, in turn, include a variety of criteria and requirements. To achieve ResponsibleSteel certification, each site must undergo a rigorous third-party audit, with the resulting report reviewed by an independent Certification Committee which makes the final certification decision. The audits are designed to verify that a steel site’s activities meet a set of rigorously defined standards across a broad range of social, environmental and governance criteria and stakeholder relations, including:1. Climate Change and Greenhouse Gas Emissions2. Water Stewardship and Biodiversity3. Human Rights and Labor Rights4. Community Relations and Business IntegrityArcelorMittal achieved its first ResponsibleSteel site certifications in July last year, when sites in Belgium, Germany and Luxembourg announced that they were the first steel plants to achieve the certification globally, in July 2021.