We’re shaping  a more responsible steel industry.

We have the opportunity to do things differently

ResponsibleSteel is a global, not-for-profit organisation created to maximise steel’s contribution to a sustainable world. Working collaboratively with our members, we have developed an independent standard and certification programme for steel via a process that aims to align with the ISEAL Codes of Good Practice. Together, we are setting the global standard for responsibly produced net-zero steel.

We’re at a pivotal moment in the steel industry

According to the International Energy Agency (IEA), the steelmaking process, from the extraction of raw materials to the production of steel, accounts for 10% of global GHG emissions. We face a collective challenge to transform the industry, reducing global emissions while ensuring a just transition for workers and local communities.

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We have over 150 members working to deliver on our mission to drive responsible steel production.

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According to the IEA's Net Zero Emissions Scenario, we need to reduce steel industry emissions by at least 90% by 2050, compared to 2022.

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We have over 80 ResponsibleSteel certified sites globally, producing over 130 million tonnes of steel annually.

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Over 230,000 workers are covered by ResponsibleSteel site certification.

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Around 40% of ResponsibleSteel certified sites producing crude steel use EAFs.

This is the future of steel

Our members are at the heart of our work

ResponsibleSteel’s membership consists of representatives from across the steel value chain, including businesses, NGOs, trade associations, and other organisations with an interest in our mission. This means our standards are uniquely shaped by multiple perspectives, and their adoption requires the support of both business and civil society members. We encourage organisations globally to join us to create lasting impact for people and the planet.

Certified sites around the world

January 16, 2023
Aperam South America
January 16, 2023
Aperam South America
All locations
-19.53147032908079
-42.64391657086092
September 20, 2021
Aperam Stainless Belgium
September 20, 2021
Aperam Stainless Belgium
All locations
50.40964585034668
4.447118014808606
September 20, 2021
Aperam Stainless France
September 20, 2021
Aperam Stainless France
All locations
46.601350213798305
4.066120450600725
July 19, 2021
ArcelorMittal Belgium
July 19, 2021
ArcelorMittal Belgium
All locations
51.048512025804456
3.7311679917312413
July 19, 2021
ArcelorMittal Belval & Differdange S.A. Luxembourg
July 19, 2021
ArcelorMittal Belval & Differdange S.A. Luxembourg
All locations
49.502457712390964
5.970693030469635
July 19, 2021
ArcelorMittal Bremen GmbH Germany
July 19, 2021
ArcelorMittal Bremen GmbH Germany
All locations
53.0804246762212
8.803918728545735
January 11, 2024
ArcelorMittal Dofasco G.P.
January 11, 2024
ArcelorMittal Dofasco G.P.
All locations
43.25369108002955
-79.87822550452988
July 19, 2021
ArcelorMittal Eisenhüttenstadt GmbH Germany
July 19, 2021
ArcelorMittal Eisenhüttenstadt GmbH Germany
All locations
52.14427676957015
14.637099573549643
May 13, 2022
ArcelorMittal España S.A Spain
May 13, 2022
ArcelorMittal España S.A Spain
All locations
43.53273881185594
-5.66393217547779
May 12, 2022
ArcelorMittal France, Cluster North
May 12, 2022
ArcelorMittal France, Cluster North
All locations
51.03265086292352
2.383233572839601
December 20, 2022
ArcelorMittal Monlevade Brazil
December 20, 2022
ArcelorMittal Monlevade Brazil
All locations
-19.80853976159233
-43.17524232793941
May 2, 2022
ArcelorMittal Méditerranée France
May 2, 2022
ArcelorMittal Méditerranée France
All locations
43.44137074528932
4.9392545789206
August 25, 2022
ArcelorMittal Poland
August 25, 2022
ArcelorMittal Poland
All locations
52.2723101055359
21.016142197943118
July 5, 2023
ArcelorMittal Tailored Blanks Zaragoza S.L.
July 5, 2023
ArcelorMittal Tailored Blanks Zaragoza S.L.
All locations
41.649631618625
-0.8912048714312693
January 21, 2022
ArcelorMittal Tubarão Brazil
January 21, 2022
ArcelorMittal Tubarão Brazil
All locations
-28.481727910082448
-49.0068948073325
March 10, 2023
ArcelorMittal Vega Brazil
March 10, 2023
ArcelorMittal Vega Brazil
All locations
-26.25060332405963
-48.63604636733421
January 24, 2023
ArcelorMittal Warszawa Sp. z o.o., Poland
January 24, 2023
ArcelorMittal Warszawa Sp. z o.o., Poland
All locations
52.22819703107321
21.021362017295267
April 4, 2022
Big River Steel
April 4, 2022
Big River Steel
All locations
34.69523941025999
-92.44862210623273
February 1, 2022
BlueScope Australian Steel Products Manufacturing
February 1, 2022
BlueScope Australian Steel Products Manufacturing
All locations
-34.48334145505267
150.90465657963946
September 4, 2023
BlueScope Australian Steel Products Manufacturing
September 4, 2023
BlueScope Australian Steel Products Manufacturing
All locations
-38.27198222152327
145.02076369337874
February 26, 2024
BlueScope Vietnam
February 26, 2024
BlueScope Vietnam
All locations
10.585382925251357
107.04742358317276
July 24, 2023
Borçelik Çelik Sanayii Ticaret A.Ş
July 24, 2023
Borçelik Çelik Sanayii Ticaret A.Ş
All locations
40.43178437513712
29.15603811217131
November 17, 2023
Industeel Belgium
November 17, 2023
Industeel Belgium
All locations
50.405849760189895
4.395830781239593
November 17, 2023
Industeel France
November 17, 2023
Industeel France
All locations
46.805245428481896
4.427175101826936
March 15, 2024
Outokumpu Business Line Advanced Materials
March 15, 2024
Outokumpu Business Line Advanced Materials
All locations
60.14848148199947
16.176047650302078
March 15, 2024
Outokumpu Business Line Advanced Materials
March 15, 2024
Outokumpu Business Line Advanced Materials
All locations
51.260960448543194
7.518974202031121
March 15, 2024
Outokumpu Business Line Stainless Europe
March 15, 2024
Outokumpu Business Line Stainless Europe
All locations
65.77081578110952
24.191754302671246
March 15, 2024
Outokumpu Business Line Stainless Europe
March 15, 2024
Outokumpu Business Line Stainless Europe
All locations
51.29946656323011
6.549547712172396
October 12, 2022
POSCO Gwangyang South Korea
October 12, 2022
POSCO Gwangyang South Korea
All locations
35.054461180954696
127.64239749072271
October 12, 2022
POSCO Pohang South Korea
October 12, 2022
POSCO Pohang South Korea
All locations
36.01037310023266
129.39249594922057
March 27, 2024
SIJ - Slovenska Industrija Jekla
March 27, 2024
SIJ - Slovenska Industrija Jekla
All locations
46.03974902169015
14.480433708949322
October 28, 2022
Tata Jamshedpur India
October 28, 2022
Tata Jamshedpur India
All locations
22.805859977078516
86.2087962330367
January 15, 2024
Tata Steel Kalinganagar India
January 15, 2024
Tata Steel Kalinganagar India
All locations
20.2700451948377
85.76072429009174
December 19, 2023
Tata Steel Meramandali India
December 19, 2023
Tata Steel Meramandali India
All locations
20.77855559292827
85.33556480851591
May 15, 2023
thyssenkrupp Materials Processing Europe S.L. Spain
May 15, 2023
thyssenkrupp Materials Processing Europe S.L. Spain
All locations
39.47006618497665
-0.37524636305085735
October 7, 2021
voestalpine Linz Austria
October 7, 2021
voestalpine Linz Austria
All locations
48.30599806750292
14.287577721331136

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ResponsibleSteel launches new version of International Standard to drive down steel emissions and improve sustainability across the supply chain

The global steel industry employs over 6 million people and contributes around 3.8% to global GDP. Yet it also contributes around 10% to global greenhouse gas emissions from energy and industry according to the International Energy Agency (IEA).

The ResponsibleSteel International Production Standard Version 2.1, launched today, will play a critical role in driving down global steel emissions and driving up standards across the steel supply chain. Developed in consultation with ResponsibleSteel members and stakeholders from across the steel value chain and civil society, Version 2.1 strengthens ResponsibleSteel’s Progress Level requirements for responsible materials sourcing and climate change and greenhouse gas emissions.

As global leaders look for ways to mitigate the impacts of climate change, it’s more important than ever that the steel industry moves to decarbonise and adopt more responsible production practices. Version 2.1 of the Standard provides the steel industry with a technical roadmap to net zero and allows producers to demonstrate tangible progress not only on decarbonisation but across other key environmental and social issues such as biodiversity, water stewardship, pollution, labour rights and more.

Gerry Tidd, Chairman of ResponsibleSteel’s Board of Directors commented, “The ResponsibleSteel International Production Standard is the result of extensive development and stakeholder input and has been widely endorsed by highly respected organisations such as the International Energy Agency. We have listened to feedback from across the steel industry, civil society and others and updated the Standard to ensure it is both effective and workable. We are proud to launch Version 2.1 of the industry’s most robust, high-quality standard - one that is built on a foundation of integrity and transparency.”

Steelmaking sites globally are already making progress. ResponsibleSteel has over 80 sites in 19 countries certified against the International Production Standard’s Core requirements. With the revisions incorporated in Version 2.1, steelmakers are now set to pursue the next step on ResponsibleSteel’s certification journey: certified steel.

Steelmakers who meet the revised Progress Level requirements for responsible materials sourcing and decarbonisation will for the first time be able to label and market their products as ResponsibleSteel certified.

“This will give steel buyers – all the architects, automakers, builders and manufacturers - confidence that the steel they are procuring has been produced responsibly following a credible independent assessment,” Mr Tidd said.

Annie Heaton, CEO of ResponsibleSteel stated, “An increasing number of players have opinions about what so-called ‘green steel’ means. The ResponsibleSteel International Production Standard provides a clear, credible and consistent way to define it not only by providing a fair and universal benchmarking system for low-emissions steel globally but by charting a roadmap towards responsible steelmaking every step of the way.”

She continued, “We must also remember that truly responsible steelmaking goes beyond mitigating carbon, to other environmental and social impacts, including the rights of the millions of people working in the industry and across the supply chain as well as local communities.”

Now is the time for the steel industry to pick up the pace to meet the goals of the Paris Agreement and the Sustainable Development Goals, by meeting the Progress Level requirements of the ResponsibleSteel International Production Standard Version 2.1. This way, we will create a universally consistent, credible market for responsible low-emissions steel.

Learn more about the ResponsibleSteel International Production Standard V2.1 here.

May 21, 2024
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Outokumpu earns ResponsibleSteel certification for all of its production sites in Europe

Outokumpu has achieved ResponsibleSteel certification for all seven of its production sites in Europe. The sites are spread across Germany, Finland and Sweden making Outokumpu the first to obtain certification in the latter two countries as well as the first in the Nordic region more broadly.

Outokumpu, a global leader in the stainless steel industry, became a member of ResponsibleSteel in 2019. For Outokumpu, the ResponsibleSteel International Standard provided a tool to evaluate and strengthen the company’s sustainability work through an ambitious industry-level framework with a beyond-compliance approach.

Heidi Peltonen, Vice President of Sustainability at Outokumpu, stated, “The ResponsibleSteel Standard is highly needed to provide a systematic framework to evaluate the sustainability of steel holistically. While the steel industry accounts for 7–9% of global greenhouse gas emissions, at the same time it plays a pivotal role in the green transition. Outokumpu has an ambitious climate commitment to keep global warming at 1.5 degrees. Beyond that we are committed to the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights across our value chain and follow the highest standard for ethical business conduct. ResponsibleSteel addresses environmental, social and governance topics and drives companies' sustainability work forward in all these areas. We are extremely proud to receive the certificates as the first mover in the Nordics, enabling us to create value for our customers by supporting them to choose sustainably produced stainless steel with a third-party validation.”

The certification process was conducted between 2021 and 2023 and included rigorous independent audits carried out by DNV. The auditors highlighted the strong commitment of the sites to health and safety and interviews with workers across the sites demonstrated a high employee satisfaction rate. Collectively, the seven sites employ over 5,800 workers and contractors.

Above: Outokumpu Tornio; Top: Outokumpu Dillenburg

“The ResponsibleSteel certification is both about the process and the result. The certification process was extensive, including for example site-specific self-assessments with related audits and on-site interviews with workers and contractors. As for the result, we received excellent feedback on our achievements, especially on decarbonisation and our efforts to ensure a good and safe place to work. The process also helped us to identify further actions to build on our sustainability ambition – such as those related to stakeholder engagement, social responsibility as well as biodiversity and water management across our value chain. It also increased credibility and transparency of our overall sustainability work,” said Anna Vainikainen, Head of Human Rights at Outokumpu.

Outokumpu is committed to the Science Based Targets initiative's 1.5 degree target and is the only stainless steel producer with a target approved by the initiative. To meet this target, Outokumpu are working to improve energy efficiency in its operations. In 2022, over 85% of the company's electricity was already coming from low-carbon sources.

Annie Heaton, CEO of ResponsibleSteel, commented, “Outokumpu has already set a near-term science-based target to reduce emissions from all three scopes by 42% by 2030 compared to 2016. This site certification process has provided a tool for Outokumpu to develop its sustainability work and its transparency in line with best practice on ESG for the steel industry. The next step will be progress level certification and we look forward to working with Outokumpu as we develop Decarbonisation Progress Levels specifically for stainless steel sites to enable them to work towards certified steel.”

To learn more about these certifications, take a look at the certificates and read the public audit summaries here.

Above: Outokumpu Nyby
May 20, 2024
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ResponsibleSteel publishes first-ever Annual Progress Report

Over the last eight years, ResponsibleSteel has gone from strength to strength. During that time, ResponsibleSteel has built up a thriving community of over 150 members and created the first-ever International Standard to drive the responsible production of net-zero steel, globally.

We’re driving industry progress

We now have certified sites in 14 countries employing over 220,000 workers and producing over 120 million tonnes of steel. In this first annual Progress Report, we take stock of the enormous strides ResponsibleSteel and our members have made to deliver on our shared mission and celebrate our collective achievements.

We also look forward as we build momentum toward some exciting announcements coming up this year. Version 2.1 of the ResponsibleSteel International Standard will be published this month and a new Downstream Chain of Custody Standard later this year. Most significantly, we expect the first steelmaking sites to achieve ResponsibleSteel certified steel this year, a global first for the industry.

We’re recognised globally

ResponsibleSteel continues to be recognised as a leader amongst sustainability initiatives, most notably by the IEA in their second report to the G7 on ‘Emissions Measurement and Data Collection for a Net Zero Steel Industry’ and more recently, Lead the Charge in their ‘Assessment of Third-Party Assurance and Accreditation Schemes in the Minerals, Steel and Aluminium Sectors’. And as more initiatives focusing on steel sustainability emerge, we’re playing a critical role in convening the sector and driving industry alignment to accelerate a net-zero future.

Come with us

This is only the beginning. We have a long journey ahead of us, but with the support of our members and stakeholders, we will continue to work to drive industry progress.

Read our full 2024 Progress Report here.

May 16, 2024
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