Quality control - the Assurance Panel review

The ResponsibleSteel Assurance Panel has experience from across the globe in the steel sector, social and environmental issues as well as in auditing and certification.

The Assurance Panel plays a vital role in ensuring the rigour of certification decisions made by certification bodies. The Panel reviews the audit reports, requiring clarification or revision of conformity classifications and suggesting amendments where needed, and either supporting or disapproving of the certification recommendations. They are guided by the following questions:

  • Does the audit report contain enough detail for the certification body to take an informed certification decision?
  • Do the evidence and rationales provided in the audit report support the conformity classifications?
  • Is the certification recommendation conclusive?

Enio Viterbo Junior

With over 40 years of field experience in Health, Safety, Environment and Quality (HSEQ) management, Enio has expertise in many specialisms including environmental assessments, due diligence, HSEQ auditing, and strategies to develop sustainability across the whole steel supply chain.

Enio joined Bayer SA in 1987 as HSEQ Head before becoming the Corporate HSE Director at Gerdau in 2007 – one of South America’s leading long steel producers with over 30,000 employees. Having left Gerdau in 2016, Enio continues to provide specialist HSE consulting, coaching, and technical support.

Enio holds a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering as well as master’s degrees in Information Technology Management and in Business Administration.

Enio Viterbo Junior,

Dr Joe Herbertson AM

Joe was a founding member of the Steel Stewardship Forum, which in 2010 began the project that was to become ResponsibleSteel. He is a co-founder and Director of The Crucible Group, a research and consulting business formed to enhance the link between sustainability, strategy, and innovation.

Prior to this, Joe was the Executive Director of The Natural Step, Australia, a global NGO with a science-based, systems approach to sustainable development. In a career spanning from 1970 to the present day, Joe has held positions with Imperial Smelting, British Steel, Sheffield University, and McGill University as well as spending 13 years at BHP from 1987-2000, where he was General Manage Research BHP Steel and also Director of the company's Central Research Laboratories. He has been a member of numerous environmental and industry panels in Australia and internationally. Joe is currently a Conjoint Professor in Environmental and Life Sciences at the University of Newcastle.

Dr Joe Herbertson AM,

Kathryn Tomlinson

Kathryn is an independent consultant and has over 20 years of international experience working on sustainable and best practice approaches to managing social and human rights impacts and risks surrounding private and public sector projects.

With expertise in the implementation of international social performance and human rights standards, Kathryn has developed resettlement policy frameworks and social impact assessments, carried out social and human rights audits and due diligence, and developed tools and guidance on Indigenous Peoples’ rights. She has delivered and managed projects in many different sectors, including mining, oil and gas, renewables, infrastructure, transport, agriculture, health and conservation.

Kathryn holds a PHD in Anthropology and has undertaken project work in Latin America, Africa, North America, and Australia.

Kathryn Tomlinson,

Nicole Sullivan

Nicole is thinkstep-anz’s Head of Strategy and Impact Australia, supporting companies in developing their sustainability strategies. She joined thinkstep-anz in 2020 having spent the previous four years leading the Green Star Solutions team at the Green Building Council of Australia. Green Star is a sustainability rating system for the construction sector.

For over 20 years, Nicole worked for BlueScope steel in a variety of roles, mostly as a Senior Process Engineer at the “hard-hat level”, before being appointed Senior Technical Advisor – Sustainability in 2011 and then Technical Manager, Sustainability – Marketing in 2014.

Nicole has expertise across steel manufacturing, environmental and safety management, sustainability communications, Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) and Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs). Her work has been awarded the World Steel Association “Steelie” Award for Excellence in LCA, and the BPN Sustainability Award for Innovation of the Year.

Nicole holds a degree in chemical engineering from the University of New South Wales, Australia.

Nicole Sullivan,

Robert Adamczyk

Robert has over 20 years of experience of Environmental, Social, Governance (ESG) issues, with a focus on the industry and power sector in Central and Eastern Europe. Since 2005, he has worked for the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) and is currently the bank’s sector lead for heavy industry and power as well as their chief advisor and focus point for Best Available Techniques (BAT). He is involved in the EU platform for Sustainable Finance.

Robert has extensive expertise in international sustainability requirements and has been the environmental lead on over 400 due diligence/liability audits in the power, cement, steel, glass, and consumer goods sectors.

Prior to joining the EBRD, Robert was a Director and Head of the Environment Division of Atkins Europe, one of the largest engineering consultancies in Europe.

He holds an MSc in Energy Policy from Imperial College London. For 8 years, until 2021, he was elected to be chair of the EBRD Staff Council.

Robert Adamczyk,