The ResponsibleSteel™ Standard V2.0 is composed of:
The parts of the Standard that are optional are:
Guidance on claims, logos, and labels for steelmaking sites that have been certified to the additional requirements is under development in consultation with ResponsibleSteel™ members. Until the publication of this guidance, no claims relating to the optional elements of Principles 3 and 10 may be made. The Secretariat is also developing specific guidance for auditing the additional requirements, which will be soon available on our resources page.
Elements of the additional requirements are under a 12-month test phase. ResponsibleSteel™ is keen to receive feedback from stakeholders on the applicability and practicability of the additional requirements, including from certification bodies, their auditors, and from steelmaking sites. Participation in the test phase and providing feedback is optional. Different mechanisms are in place if you want to support the test phase:
ResponsibleSteel™ will use feedback to provide clarifications and interpretations to support implementation of the additional requirements. Where there is a strong case that substantial changes are needed promptly, an urgent revision process can be activated, following our Standard Development Procedures. In an extension to these procedures, the Secretariat intends to collate any proposed amendments to V2.0 resulting from the test phase and share them for consultation in a 30-day consultation in Q3 2023. The test phase officially ends on 30 September 2023.
Any other arising issues concerning requirements that are not earmarked for the test phase can be raised with ResponsibleSteel™ as well.
For further information on the test phase and how to participate, follow this link: Test Phase