ResponsibleSteel at the ISEAL 2017 Global Sustainability Standards Conference World Trade Centre, Zurich

ResponsibleSteel<sup>™</sup> at the ISEAL 2017 Global Sustainability Standards Conference  World Trade Centre, Zurich

Matt Dransfield, managing director and Matthew Wenban-Smith, technical director of ResponsibleSteel hosted a ‘Topic Table’ at the ISEAL 2017 Global Sustainability Standards Conference on June 28th, World Trade Centre, Zurich. The conference was the leading global event for those who support the uptake of credible sustainability standards. ISEAL represents the sustainability standards and their mission is to strengthen sustainability standards for the benefit of people and the environment.

ISEAL is the global leader in defining and communicating what good practice looks like for sustainability standards. Through this work, they help drive standards towards delivering more positive impact. At the heart of this is ISEAL’s set of core principles that define credibility in standards. The ISEAL Credibility Principles are the result of global multi-stakeholder consultation and define what they think is essential for a standards system to deliver positive social or environmental impact.

The ResponsibleSteel lunch-time session gave delegates an introduction to the programme and an opportunity to discuss mining and mined materials. Commenting, Matt Dransfield, MD ResponsibleSteel said “Human beings have been using mined materials since the Stone Age and we depend on mined materials for our technology, construction, agriculture, art, infrastructure and transport. ISEAL Member and Subscriber initiatives cover Aluminium, Steel, Jewellery, Coal, Energy, Mining, Aggregates and Electronics. Most of these initiatives are new and we wanted to explore how we can we maximise our impacts, individually and collectively and the lessons we can learn from other sectors. We invited delegates with an interest in steel and mining to share their views. The session was really well attended with high levels of engagement. There were a wide range of delegates with broad representation, from a luxury watch brand to academia.”

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