Proline Steel was seeking to become one of the first businesses to be certified by the Australian Steel Institute (ASI)’s new Steel Sustainability Australia program (SSA). They approached the thinkstep-anz team knowing that they had helped ASI develop the new program.
About SSA certification
SSA certification independently verifies a company’s social, environmental and health processes. The certification, which replaces the ASI’s Environmental Sustainability Charter (ESC), recognises fabricators that have lower environmental impacts, are reducing carbon emissions, are transparent about their supply chain, respect human rights and are moving towards circular solutions.
About Proline Steel
Proline Steel fabricates structural steel in their factory in Padstow, New South Wales, and has nine staff.
The manufacturer is a member of ASI. The company wanted to gain its first SSA certification to support its construction customers in the green building market. The certification contributes points to rating tools like Green Star. It also wanted to maintain industry leadership.
As a smaller business, Proline needed help to document the good work it currently does, refine some of its processes and show it complies with SSA requirements.
What thinkstep-anz did
They worked with Proline to develop systems that support good business governance and manage its Environmental, Health and Safety (EH&S) activities. They held two workshops to help Proline document these systems and also helped the business better understand its supply chain.
thinkstep-anz then worked with the Proline team to develop ten documents that met the SSA requirements. Once the documents were complete , they supported Proline with its submission to the SSA, and guided the company on how to best present the information to the assessor.
Proline received the Level 1 SSA certificate in May 2023. It will aim for Level 2 next year.
Helping Proline Steel to succeed sustainably
thinkstep-anz’s work is helping Proline:
- reduce risks by documenting and recording its EH&S processes
- build its brand and market share. SSA certification supports Proline’s customers to achieve better environmental outcomes on their projects, including gaining Green Star ratings
- improve its sustainability program by setting and measuring performance against EH&S indicators
- develop stronger relationships with suppliers across its supply chain
- show employees and prospective employees that Proline takes sustainability seriously.