Who we are

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

Welcoming members from every stage of the steel supply chain, we’re developing an independent certification standard to be finalised via an ISEAL Code-compliant process during 2018/2019.

The world’s largest materials industry, steel generates a turnover of 1 trillion US dollars and is 10 times larger than the aluminium industry, 7½ times larger than the copper industry and 4 times that of the cement industry.


Dedicated to defining and promoting ethical practice:


Allow producers to meet the sustainability of their customers


Improve responsible sourcing and reduce risk in the steel supply chain


Enable leading producers to promote steel as a responsible material

Our aim

By establishing a collaborative global standard 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.

This will be achieved through discussion and collaboration between all stakeholders within the steel supply chain, along with their customers and other relevant parties.

The reason why

Steel is the world’s most widely used material and those who use it in the transport, automotive, infastructure, packaging, construction, energy and white goods sectors 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 of its kind.

Creating a new certification framework will be of direct benefit to producers already maintaining high standards and bring benefits industry-wide, by encouraging those who could operate more responsibly to raise their game.

Steel production has a major environmental, social and economic impact, both positive and negative. And meeting local legal obligations governing the processes involved is not enough to meet the demands of customers, stakeholders and society on a global scale.

This is why ResponsibleSteel is developing an internationally recognised standard to:

  • Ensure sustainability goals regarding the availability of clean water
  • Reduce greenhouse gas emissions
  • Create jobs that benefit individuals and communities
  • Ensure responsible patterns of production and consumption are met

Good for producers, people and the environment, such assurances can offer a business advantage in a market that is subject to increased scrutiny.

Our mandate

In order to create a universal standard within our industry, the actions of ResponsibleSteel are guided by the following principles:

Listen & understand

Recognise the expectations of all shareholders

Establish & agree

Identify the best standard that works for all

Recognise & ratify

Grant certification that standards are met

Enhance & benefit

Provide a clear commercial advantage

Our work with mines

ResponsibleSteel is working in partnership with IRMA (The Initiative for Responsible Mining Assurance), TSM (the Mining Association of Canada’s ‘Towards Sustainable Mining’ programme) as well as other standards initiatives in the mining sector, to assure purchasers that all iron and steel is responsibly sourced throughout their supply chains.

Committed to multi-stakeholder leadership and shared value, ReponsibleSteel™ will develop 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.