London, March 21st, 2017
“ResponsibleSteel™ has the potential to make a fantastic contribution to the UN sustainable development goals, especially goal 12 sustainable production and consumption. Here ResponsibleSteel™ and DNV GL really work well together. This is a perfect opportunity for us to collaborate.” says Dr. McNeillis, Head of UK Assessment at DNV GL.
DNV GL is a global quality assurance and risk management company enabling organisations to manage risk and build sustainable business performance. With origins back to 1864 and operating in more than 100 countries, DNV GL plays the role of a trusted third party in supporting the development of the standard. We have the technical expertise to ensure that real steel sites can be effectively and meaningfully assessed against the standard and its associated assurance and certification guidelines,” says Dr. McNeillis.
In order for ResponsibleSteel™ to succeed and make an impact on the world, there are several criteria to be accomplished, says Dr. McNeillis. He stresses key factors include stakeholder buy-in and uptake. “I’m impressed by the already strong participation of the industry and the commitment that diverse types of stakeholder are showing to ResponsibleSteel™ with participants not only coming from the steelmakers, but also from the mining, infrastructure and automotive sectors, as well as civil society. Good stakeholder participation means that the final standard will be robust and fair.”
Dr. McNeillis continues by stating that the quality of governance and leadership of this kind of multi-stakeholder initiative is also of the utmost importance for it to succeed. He is very confident that these requirements are in place for ResponsibleSteel™. “These are seasoned professionals who have done this before.” He sees solid foundations, a great team and an openness to expand and evolve rapidly. “In short, ResponsibleSteel™ has the momentum required to make a significant positive global impact on the steel industry.” Read more here.