ResponsibleSteel’s mission is to “enhance the responsible sourcing, production, use and recycling of steel”. To achieve this, our programme must eventually cover the entire steel supply chain. The ResponsibleSteel Standard (version 1-0, launched in November 2019) applies to steel production and processing, but does not address the sourcing of input materials in a comprehensive manner.
The key ingredients for steel making are mined materials and scrap. There are many existing programmes defining environmental, social and governance (ESG) requirements for responsible mining, and initial steps have been made to create such programmes for scrap as well. The most effective and efficient way for ResponsibleSteel to address sourcing aspects is to recognise input material programmes that credibly verify ESG performance of suppliers and to recognise these programmes in our upcoming sourcing requirements.
We have developed a recognition methodology and assessment tool that will help us identify credible input material programmes that we can partner with. The methodology is now being piloted with a number of mining programmes. The resulting draft versions of the pilot assessments and the underlying recognition methodology will be published for stakeholder consultation in Spring 2021.
Mining programmes and other input material programmes that are interested in seeking ResponsibleSteel recognition may contact us to make their interest known. Note that a recognition fee of USD 3000 will be charged to recover some of the costs.