Field visit to Bosnia: Zenica engulfed in smoke

The global steel corporation, ArcelorMittal, is accused of not taking environmental responsibility at its plant in Zenica, posing a risk to public health. Nordea visited the Bosnian city to listen to the residents’ concerns.

Sasja Beslik, Head of Sustainable Finance at Nordea, recently visited his hometown of Zenica in Bosnia to investigate the impacts of the steel industry, which dominates the city with a huge plant employing around 3,000 people. The steel is manufactured by one of the world’s largest players in the extractive industry, ArcelorMittal – a company Nordea invests in.

Watch the video from the Sasja’s visit below.

Local residents and environmental organisations have complained for years about the high level of pollution in the city, accusing the company of not taking responsibility for the environment.

– “It’s a very dirty factory. It produces iron, steel and electricity. And the dust, sulphur dioxide and organic pollutants, benzene and heavy metals being emitted are way over the limits”, says Samir Lemes, a former president of the local environmental organisation, Eko Forum, who is still very active.

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Sasja Beslik, Head of Group Sustainable Finance at Nordea, travelled to Zenica (Bosnia) to investigate the impacts of the steel industry that dominates the city with a huge plant.

Sasja Beslik, Head of Group Sustainable Finance at Nordea, travelled to Zenica (Bosnia) to investigate the impacts of the steel industry that dominates the city with a huge plant.

 

Local residents and environmental organisations have complained for years about the high level of pollution in the city, accusing the company of not taking responsibility for the environment.

– “It’s a very dirty factory. It produces iron, steel and electricity. And the dust, sulphur dioxide and organic pollutants, benzene and heavy metals being emitted are way over the limits”, says Samir Lemes, a former president of the local environmental organisation, Eko Forum, who is still very active.

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