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.

The process is overseen by a Board Committee comprising Andrew Marjoribanks (Committee Chair), Alan Knight and Giulia Carbone, together with Francis Sullivan and Ross Davies as observers.

Up to January 2019:
The first ‘straw man’ draft ResponsibleSteel standard was published for discussion in February 2017.   A more developed draft (draft 2-0) specifying 10 principles with associated criteria and performance measures distinguishing between threshold and target levels of performance was published in June 2018 for an initial 60-day period of public consultation.  This draft was substantially revised to take account of comments received and numerous stakeholder discussions, with a third draft (draft 3-0) being published for formal consultation on 11 February 2019.

11 February to 11 April 2019:
2nd public consultation on the ResponsibleSteel draft standard (version 3.0). This consultation is now closed, but interested parties may download the draft 3-0 standard for reference.
Further field testing by ResponsibleSteel members with the support of our technical partner, DNV-GL.

April to June 2019:
Stakeholder meetings and online consultations to fine-tune the standard and inform guidance on implementation. Dates will be announced through the ResponsibleSteel newsletter.

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

24 June to 24 July 2019:
Additional 30-day open stakeholder review of draft 4-1 of standard. You can take part in the consultation here.

September 2019:
Formal approval and ratification of ResponsibleSteel standard version 1.0 scheduled.

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 developing the standard in accordance with the ISEAL Standard Setting Code.