The World Steel Association (worldsteel) is a non-profit organisation with headquarters in Brussels, Belgium. A second office in Beijing, China, opened in April 2006.
worldsteel is one of the largest and most dynamic industry associations in the world, with members in every major steel-producing country. worldsteel represents steel producers, national and regional steel industry associations, and steel research institutes. Members represent around 85% of global steel production.
It was founded as the International Iron and Steel Institute on 10 July 1967. It changed its name to the World Steel Association on 6 October 2008. The association celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2017.
- To act as the focal point for the steel industry providing global leadership on all major strategic issues impacting the industry, particularly focusing on economic, environmental and social sustainability
- Deliver benchmarking analysis and drive global improvement initiatives in the areas of environmental protection, technology, safety and people development
- Promote global market development opportunities for steel and promote steel to the world at large
- Provide on a timely basis world-class economic data and analysis on the global steel industry and its value chain, as well as assessments on life cycle aspects of steel
- Increase awareness, understanding and support for the steel industry amongst all external stakeholders and key target audiences worldwide
- Promote market competition that is free of government interventions preventing fair trade.
- Climate change and environment
- Education and training
- Life cycle assessment (LCA)
- Raw materials
- Safety and health
- Steel market analysis
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Our relationship with international organisations
worldsteel maintains relations with several international organisations, including:
- Consultative status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council
- Accredited observer at the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change
- Associate expert with the Business and Industry Advisory Committee to the OECD
- Advisory role for the OECD Steel Committee
- Organisation in cooperation with the International Organization for Standardization
- and Partner with the European Convention on Constructional Steelwork.
- The International Iron and Steel Institute (IISI) was established on 10 July 1967.
- In the beginning, there were 18 founding members from seven European countries and from Australia, Canada, Japan and the US.
- Geographical coverage increases rapidly, with companies from India, Brazil and Argentina joining our membership.
- POSCO (Korea) joined as an associate member.
- China Steel Corporation (Taiwan,1980) and Hyundai – originally Inchon Steel – (Korea,1985) joined as associate members.
- It was a slow decade for the recruitment of regular members but a large number of associate and affiliate members joined.
- 1993: Sustainable development policy agreed.
- 1994: Federations in Hungary, Poland, Romania, Czech and Slovak Republics, and Slovenia become members.
- 1996: IISI took over the Ultra Light Steel Auto Body (ULSAB) programme.
- 1997: Publication of the first steel industry life cycle inventory (LCI) analysis to ISO standards.
- 2000: Nucor (US) joined as the first electric arc furnace member company.
- 2001: The first Russian steel-producing member (Severstal) joined the association.
- 2002: steeluniversity was launched and the climate change policy agreed.
- 2004: Formal entry of the five largest Chinese producers as members (Baosteel, Anshan, Handan, Shougang, Wuhan), plus CISA (China Iron and Steel Association).
- 2004: The first Sustainability Report was published and the Living Steel programme started; the second major Russian company (Evraz) joined.
- 2006: The safety and health principles were agreed and launched; the Beijing office was opened.
- 2008: IISI changed its name to World Steel Association (worldsteel).
- 2009: Climate Action, a CO2 data collection programme, was initiated.
- 2010: The first Steelie Awards ceremony was held at worldsteel’s annual conference.
- 2011: Ian Christmas retired as Director General of worldsteel and was succeeded by Dr Edwin Basson.
- 2014: worldsteel and its members held their first Steel Safety Day on 28 April and commit to making it an annual event.
- 2016: Steel – the permanent material in the circular economy campaign was launched.
- 2017: worldsteel celebrated its 50th anniversary. A Royal recognition is conferred by His Majesty Philippe of Belgium, seventh King of the Belgians.
- 2018: worldsteel introduced its Sustainability Champions Programme to recognise members who clearly demonstrate their commitment to sustainable development and the circular economy.
- 2019: worldsteel launched Step Up, a programme aimed at improving the operational efficiency of steel plants with a view to reducing CO2 emissions.
- 2021: worldsteel introduced nine sustainability principles with new associated objectives and criteria, incorporating topics of ESG (environment, social and governance).
- 2022: worldsteel publishes its new expanded Sustainability Principles Charter signed by 39 member organisations.
Membership benefits 2021
Our commitment, our key focus areas, our Committees and the many advantages of being a member of worldsteel. Click here to download the PDF document.
50 years of worldsteel
This publication takes us through the years while recounting the major events that have marked worldsteel’s history from 1967 to 2017. Click here to download the PDF document.