To achieve our mission, our programme must eventually cover the entire steel supply chain. The ResponsibleSteel™ Standard applies to steel production, processing and finishing. It comprises a Responsible Sourcing Criterion, but does not address the issue of input material sourcing in a comprehensive manner.
The steel sector relies heavily on extracted minerals, on scrap and – in some cases – on wood for the production, processing and finishing of steel products. There are many existing programmes defining environmental, social and governance (ESG) requirements for responsible mining and forestry, 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 responsible sourcing requirements.
We have developed a recognition methodology and assessment tool that helps us identify credible input material programmes that we can partner with. The methodology was subject to stakeholder consultation and so were the initial recognition assessments we carried out with a number of mining programmes.
Visit this webpage for the methodology, any assessment results and recognition decisions – including attached conditions and recommendations – as well as background information on recognition.
ResponsibleSteel’s initial recognition work was possible thanks to a grant from the ISEAL Innovations Fund, which is supported by the Swiss State Secretariat for Economic Affairs SECO.
We are committed to assessing additional input material programmes for recognition where this will help ResponsibleSteel achieve its vision and mission. We are keeping a list of programmes that have either proactively come forward to signal their interest or that have been suggested to us for a recognition assessment.
The programmes will have to meet our benchmark to be recognised. Recognition assessments are in-depth exercises and we will prioritise assessments of programmes that are highly relevant to the steel sector and its used input materials. The assessments also require close collaboration by the benchmarked programme.
Mining programmes and other input material programmes that are interested in seeking ResponsibleSteel™ recognition should study our material on recognition here and 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 of our recognition work.