Recognising Other Programmes

Input material programmes

The steel industry relies on extracted minerals, scrap, and in some cases wood, for the production, processing and finishing of steel. Several programmes already define requirements for responsible mining and forestry, and initial steps have been made to create programmes for scrap. The most effective way for ResponsibleSteel to address sourcing is to recognise input material programmes that credibly verify the ESG performance of suppliers.

Recognition assessments

We are committed to recognising input material programmes in order to achieve our mission. We developed a recognition methodology in consultation with our stakeholders and an assessment tool to help us identify credible partner programmes.

Recognition assessments are in-depth exercises, and we prioritise assessments that are highly relevant to the steel sector. We have a list of programmes that have either proactively approached us or have been suggested to us for assessment.

Our recognition work is possible thanks to a grant from the ISEAL Innovations Fund, supported by the Swiss State Secretariat for Economic Affairs SECO.

Recognised Programmes

We have already recognised the programmes below and determined the minimum performance suppliers must achieve under these programmes, so that their steel customers can qualify for Levels 2, 3, and 4 of certification against the responsible sourcing requirements. You can find out more about these recognition decisions here.

Bettercoal promotes continuous improvement of sustainability performance in coal supply chains.

The Initiative for Responsible Mining Assurance (IRMA) provides a comprehensive and demanding ESG standard for responsible mining.

Towards Sustainable Mining (TSM) has defined a series of eight protocols that lay out performance indicators in relation to environmental and social issues for mines in Canada.

Seeking recognition?

Programmes that are interested in seeking ResponsibleSteel recognition should study our resources on input material programmes, and may contact us to make their interest known. Note that a recognition fee of USD $3000 will be charged to recover the costs of our recognition work.

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