Who we are

A not-for-profit organisation, ResponsibleSteel is the steel industry’s first global multi-stakeholder standard and certification initiative.

Building a sustainable steel industry requires cooperation and mutual commitment from companies at all levels of the steel supply chain, representatives of civil society, and other stakeholders. ResponsibleSteel provides the forum for this multi-stakeholder approach. We are committed to open dialogue and collaboration with all our stakeholders to ensure we achieve our shared mission. Welcoming members from every stage of the steel supply chain, we have developed an independent certification standard and programme via a process that aims to align with the ISEAL Codes of Good Practice.


Dedicated to defining and promoting responsible practice:


Allow producers to meet the sustainability needs of their customers


Improve responsible sourcing and reduce risk in the steel supply chain


Enable leading producers to promote steel as a responsible material


Provide a platform for producers and stakeholders to discuss ESG issues and agree on solutions

Our aim

Through a global standard and certification programme for the entire sector, we will ensure businesses and consumers can be confident that the steel they use has been sourced and produced responsibly at every stage.

Our Vision is to maximise steel’s contribution to a sustainable society.

Our Mission is to enhance the responsible sourcing, production, use, and recycling of steel by:

  • Providing a multi-stakeholder forum to build trust and achieve consensus;
  • Developing standards, certification and related tools;
  • Driving positive change through the recognition and use of responsible steel.

Filling the gap

Steel is the world’s most widely used material. Stakeholders and consumers have a growing expectation that the materials they work with are responsibly sourced and produced. While such assurances already exist for the aluminum, concrete, stone, and aggregates industries, ResponsibleSteel is the first such initiative for the steel sector.

Our certification programme will provide a competitive edge in the market. It will bring benefits to stakeholders and to the industry as a whole, by encouraging those who could operate more responsibly to raise their game.

Steel production has major environmental, social and economic impacts, both positive and negative. Complying with local legal obligations is no longer enough to meet the demands of customers, stakeholders and society on a global scale.

Our Standard covers key ESG issues

  • Corporate Leadership
  • Social, Environmental and Governance Management Systems
  • Occupational Health and Safety
  • Labour Rights
  • Human Rights
  • Local Communities
  • Stakeholder Engagement and Communication
  • Climate Change and Greenhouse Gas Emissions
  • Noise, Emissions, Effluents and Waste
  • Water Stewardship
  • Biodiversity
  • Closure and Decommissioning

In discussions with our members and stakeholders alike, these issues have been identified as being key to a responsible steel sector.

Our mandate

To create a universal standard, the actions of ResponsibleSteel are guided by the following principles:

Listen & understand

Recognise the expectations of all shareholders

Agree & establish

Identify the best standard that works for all

Recognise & reward

Grant certification that standards are met

Enhance & benefit

Provide a clear commercial and reputational advantage

Our work with mines

ResponsibleSteel is working in partnership with IRMA (Initiative for Responsible Mining Assurance), TSM (Towards Sustainable Mining) and RJC (Responsible Jewellery Council) in the mining sector, to develop tools that support alignment of our various programmes and to create a common platform for engaging with stakeholders. This work is possible thanks to a grant from the ISEAL Innovations Fund, which is supported by the Swiss State Secretariat for Economic Affairs SECO.

We also aim to recognise programmes that credibly verify mine site ESG performance so that purchasers can increasingly source iron and steel in a responsible manner.

Committed to multi-stakeholder leadership and shared value, ResponsibleSteel will develop further partnerships whenever this adds value and helps to realise our mission.

Antitrust compliance

ResponsibleSteel has adopted an Antitrust Policy, to ensure that all national and international laws and regulations relating to Antitrust and competition are followed. The current Board adopted the initial Antitrust Policy in February 2016 and Members of the Board will continue to be charged with that responsibility or until a Governance Committee has been created as the organisation grows. The law firm Clayton Utz review and advise on both the Constitution and Antitrust Policy.