Standard development - current and past

Ongoing Standard development work

The second round of public consultation on our additional requirements for responsible sourcing and GHG emissions is held from 19 April to 19 June 2021. The consultation documents can be found here.

Below, you can find the anticipated timeline for this ongoing work on responsible sourcing and GHG emissions.

 

Jan-July 2020:
Working groups for responsible sourcing, GHG emissions and steel product claims convened and options for draft requirements discussed. Virtual meetings and board discussions held, 1:1 calls with Members. Board and Member review of draft proposals and options.

Aug-Oct 2020:
Draft requirements, options and consultation questions developed. Public stakeholder consultation.

Nov 2020-March 2021:
Collation and review of stakeholder feedback, webinars, deep dives, working group meetings and 1:1 calls with members and stakeholders. Review of draft requirements. Board review of revised draft.

April-May 2021:
Public consultation on responsible sourcing and GHG requirements planned.

June-Sept 2021:
Collation and review of stakeholder feedback, webinars, deep dives, working group meetings and 1:1 calls with members and stakeholders planned. Finalisation of requirements.

Sept-Oct 2021:
Standards, Assurance and Claims Committee review of process and recommendation to the Board. Board review and member final review of requirements. Formal Membership vote and Board ratification.

 

Standard Version 1-0, approved and published in Nov 2019

February 2017:
The first ‘straw man’ ResponsibleSteel draft standard was published. It contained high-level principles and criteria, which were discussed with members and stakeholders over the course of the next year.

05 June to 05 August 2018:
Initial 60-day period of public consultation was held on a more comprehensive draft (version 2-0) specifying 10 principles, with associated criteria and indicators divided into threshold and target levels of performance. Over 600 comments were received and taken into account in developing a third draft (version 3-0).

11 February to 11 April 2019:
2nd public 60-day consultation on the ResponsibleSteel draft standard (version 3-0), resulting in more than 950 comments. Field testing by ResponsibleSteel members took place with the support of our technical partner, DNV-GL.

April to June 2019:
Stakeholder meetings and online consultations to fine-tune the Standard and to inform guidance on implementation continued.

18 June 2019:
ResponsibleSteel Members Meeting reviewed draft 4-0 of standard.

24 June to 24 July 2019:
Additional 30-day open stakeholder review of draft 4-1 of the Standard, which incorporated recommendations from our Members Meeting.

14 August 2019:
ResponsibleSteel member review of draft 5-0 of Principle 8, Climate Change and Greenhouse Gas Emissions.

01 to 16 September 2019:
ResponsibleSteel member review of draft 5-0 of standard.

27 September to 09 October:
ResponsibleSteel member final content and legal review of draft 5-1 of standard.

10 October to 17 October:
Minor modifications were made, before draft 5-2 was submitted to our Membership for formal voting.

21 to 31 October 2019:
ResponsibleSteel Membership ballot on Standard.

05 November 2019:
Draft 5-2 was approved by a majority of both business and civil society Members of ResponsibleSteel and was ratified by our Board. It was published as the ResponsibleSteel Standard (version 1-0) on 05 November 2019.

If you want to find out more about the process, please read our Standard Development Procedures on the Resources page of this website.  The procedures describe:

  • The scope, objectives and need for the ResponsibleSteel Standard
  • How decisions on the standard were made and by whom
  • When and how we will revise the standard in future

The ResponsibleSteel Standard Development Procedures were written to meet the requirements of the ISEAL Standard Setting Code.

Please contact us if you have any questions about the standard development process.