Certification Fees

Certification fees apply to certificate holders and are applicable to each individual certificate issued by ResponsibleSteel. These fees are an important source of income to allow ResponsibleSteel to strengthen and keep promoting credibility in our certification programme. The certification fees listed below should be paid directly to ResponsibleSteel. These are in addition to fees paid directly to the Certification Body for audit and certification services.

Certification fees cover the costs to ResponsibleSteel of providing services for audit process management and certification maintenance and are revenue neutral.

Certification maintenance includes the provision of a communications toolkit, labelling verification mechanisms, claims tracking and analysis, complaints procedure management, and member support provided by ResponsibleSteel.

The audit process costs cover the review of the audit plan, review of the audit report by the ResponsibleSteel Secretariat, review of the audit report by the Assurance Panel, implementation of the Oversight Mechanism, and support for certification bodies by ResponsibleSteel.

Fees are charged in the calendar year following the certification. Payment must be made to ResponsibleSteel within 30 days to maintain certification. All values are in USD.

Standalone Steelmaking Sites

Certification fee for sites with an annual production/processing volume under 10 million tonnes and a workforce of less than 10,000:

  • $6,000 per year, or
  • $18,000 for a 3-year cycle

Standalone Large Steelmaking Sites

Certification fee for sites with an annual production/processing volume over 10 million tonnes or a workforce over 10,000:

  • $7,400 per year, or
  • $22,200 for a 3-year cycle

Steelmaking Clusters

Clusters are required to pay the fees outlined above charged for standalone steelmaking sites plus a $1,000 fee per additional site under the certification scope.

Standalone Downstream Chain of Custody Sites

Please note this fee will be revised once the chain of custody programme for downstream sites is in place:

  • $4,000 per year, or
  • $12,000 for a 3 year cycle

For more information regarding certification fees and the current transition period, please click here.