Standard development

ResponsibleSteel’s mission is to maximise steel’s contribution to a sustainable society. This can only be achieved through discussions, cooperation and mutual commitment involving companies at all levels, including customers and representatives of civil society. ResponsibleSteel provides the forum for this discussion, to the mutual benefit of all. ResponsibleSteel is committed to open dialogue with all our stakeholders and to collaboration with the best equivalent schemes wherever possible to help achieve our mission.

The ResponsibleSteel Standard was developed 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 sought 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 standard development process was overseen by a Board Committee comprising Andrew Marjoribanks (Committee Chair), Alan Knight (business representative) and Giulia Carbone (civil society representative), together with Francis Sullivan as an observer, and is summarised below.

The first version of our Standard was published on 05 November 2019. To find out more about the ResponsibleSteel standard development process, click here.

Please feel free to contact us to submit any feedback on the standard or queries about the ResponsibleSteel programme.