Standard development

ResponsibleSteel is developing a standard to identify and reward companies that are committed to creating a responsible steel value chain, from the sourcing of raw materials through to the sale of their final products.

As a multi-stakeholder organisation, we seek to engage the voices of our members and a broad range of interested parties to create a robust standard that serves to achieve our vision: that all steel worldwide should be sourced and produced responsibly so that steel’s contribution to a sustainable society can be maximised. The below is a summary of our ongoing standard development process and identifies opportunities for stakeholders to engage.

Up to February 2017:
Drafting of a ResponsibleSteel ‘straw man’ standard with 10 principles and criteria.

Up to May 2018:
Development of a ResponsibleSteel draft standard (version 2.0) with 10 principles and criteria and underlying performance measures that distinguish between a threshold and target level of performance.

04 June to 05 August 2018:
1st public consultation on the ResponsibleSteel draft standard (version 2.0). All interested parties are very welcome to review our draft standard and let us know their views. The following link takes you to the online tool we use to gather feedback:

Preparatory work up to this point included:

  • Identification of the need to develop a global standard for the whole steel sector that defines benchmarks for good environmental and social performance.
  • A series of stakeholder meetings and online webinars to seek initial input on the standard development, and to advance the concept of the ResponsibleSteel programme.
  • Comprehensive review of already existing standards focussed on mining, different types of steel and aluminium production, as well as a number of topic-specific standards, and social and environmental specifications developed by downstream companies to ensure ResponsibleSteel does not contradict these efforts and creates synergies for users.

August to October 2018:
Series of stakeholder meetings and online workshops to seek feedback on the draft standard. Exact dates will be confirmed soon and communicated to stakeholders for the purpose of registration.

November 2018 to early January 2019:
2nd public consultation on the ResponsibleSteel draft standard (version 3.0).

February to December 2019:
Series of stakeholder meetings and online workshops to inform standard guidance and fine-tune the standard. Exact dates will be confirmed and communicated to stakeholders in due course for the purpose of registration. Also:

  • Drafting of standard guidance
  • Conducting field tests on standard auditability and practicability
  • Finalising the standard and its guidance

End of December 2019:
Launch of ResponsibleSteel standard version 1.0.

If you want to find out more about how the ResponsibleSteel standard is developed, please read our Standard Development Procedures. They describe:

  • The scope, objectives and need for the ResponsibleSteel standard
  • How decisions on the standard are made and by whom
  • When and how we will revise our standard once the first version has been approved and published

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

ResponsibleSteel is committed to the principles of the ISEAL Alliance and develops the standard in accordance with the ISEAL Standard Setting Code.