The United States Steel Corporation widely known as U.S Steel is an integrated producer of steel headquartered in Pennsylvania. Owing to the rising concern for global pollution, the producers of heavy and basic raw materials like iron ore, steel are struggling to meet the international standard against pollution. One major controversy that the U.S Steel is recently facing is regarding the discharge of their industry by-products like mercury into the Great Lakes, is harming the ecological balance of the environment. This paper studies the impact of such operations on the environment on a wider perspective and device a green logistics program for the U.S. Steel Corporation which can help them to mitigate impacts of their production activities on the environment.
With an annual production capacity of about 25 million tons, U.S. Steel is the largest integrated steel manufacturer in the world. The primary operations segments of U.S. Steel are located in North America and Central Europe. The company manufactures mainly value added steel and tubular products that are used as intermediaries in the other manufacturing industries in the economy (USSteel.com, 2015). Over the years, U.S. Steel has been restructuring their business strategies and making transformations in their production operations with the changing economic circumstances in the country. However, the large scale of operation and the multiple manufacturing units of US Steel across the country make it more responsible for the environmental hazards. The fact that the U.S. Steel is the leader in the global steel market providing the best quality products to the manufacturing and other industrial sectors makes it essential for them to incorporate green logistics program in their production operations and delivery. Green logistics approach incorporates the supply chain management in a way that can reduce the impact of environmental externalities arising from their logistics activities.
The main vision of U.S. Steel is to provide integrated steel to the manufacturing units across the world, while complying with the core values of the companies. The main mission of the company is to provide world class steel using the finite resources of the earth judiciously, so that enough resources are left for the future generations. The company being the world leader in the steel manufacturing is committed towards sustainable management of production and logistics operations, so that the fundamental resources of the company are preserved for future use (USSteel, 2015). The company has been making efforts since past decades in reducing consumption of power, reducing emissions of harmful gases and recycling larger volumes of steel scrap as the basic step towards environmental sustainability. U.S. Steel employs nearly 35,000 workers and the long run success of the company highlights that the workers and the stakeholders are well integrated with the ethics and norms of the company (USSteel.com, 2015). They have been conducting their duties with utmost sincerity while protecting the financial as well as capital assets of the company and delivering the world class services.
2.0 Literature Review
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