The Swedish steel industry aims to become an even larger stakeholder in the ongoing transformation to the sustainable society, and also to take a greater responsibility for people and the environment in which they live. Several of the UN’s global objectives for sustainable development show that the steel industry’s work is proceeding in the right direction.

Sustainable development is development that meets the needs of the present without comprising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs (the Bruntland Commission’s definition from 1987). Sustainable development comprises three dimensions that interact and support one another:

  • Ecological sustainability
  • Social sustainability
  • Economic sustainability

Joint vision: Steel shapes a better future

The Swedish steel industry's joint vision for 2050 shows the way forward to a sustainable society. Three commitments arise under the heading "Steel shapes a better future":

  • We lead technical development
  • We nurture creative individuals
  • We create environmental benefits

UN’s global goals for sustainable development

The UN’s 17 established development goals, make it possible to integrate all three dimensions of sustainable development. The steel industry, for its part, welcomes this approach. Even where the development goals are overarching in character, several of the goals are directly applicable to the Swedish steel industry. Find out how the goals can be connected to the steel industry's commitments arising from the vision:

Network for collaboration on sustainability

There is a network for the mining, iron and steel companies intended to advance collaboration and the interchange of experiences surrounding sustainability issues. The network is jointly co-ordinated by Jernkontoret, SveMin and the Swedish Association of Industrial Employers.
Read more about the network

Swedish Leadership for Sustainable Development

Swedish Leadership for Sustainable Development is a network with about twenty leading companies and three expert organisations with links to Sweden. The network is coordinated by Sida. It has become a forum for valuable knowledge-exchange, concrete projects and collaborative models for poverty reduction and sustainable development. SSAB and Sandvik AB represent the Swedish steel industry.
Read more: SLSD, Swedish Leadership for Sustainable Development

Business & Biodiversity Sweden

Business & Biodiversity Sweden is Jernkontoret's and Svemin's initiative to create a cross-industry network of biodiversity and strategic business development. The network cooperates on issues related to ecosystem services, biodiversity, natural capital and how all these can benefit business development. The network is run by Enetjärn Natur.
Read more: Business @ Biodiversity Sweden (

Creative employees create environmental benefits through technical development. Photo: Mikael Ullén for Ovako.