Standard development

ResponsibleSteel’s mission is to maximise steel’s contribution to a sustainable society. This can only be achieved through cooperation and mutual commitment by companies at all levels of the steel supply chain, representatives of civil society and other stakeholders. ResponsibleSteel provides the forum for this multi-stakeholder approach. We are 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 Version 1-0 was published on 05 November 2019. It was developed to recognise steel sites that are operated in a responsible manner. The 12 Principles of our Standard cover environmental, social and governance issues, which were identified and agreed with our members and stakeholders over the course of 3 years, including public consultations and oversight by a ResponsibleSteel Board Committee.

Now, in 2020, we are working to develop further requirements for the responsible sourcing of input materials and for greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. Meeting these requirements in addition to the already approved Standard will allow steel sites to not only make claims about the way their site is operated, but also about the steel products they offer. Incentives to meet the additional requirements will come from the market in the form of customer, public policy and green finance specifications, from civil society and peer pressure, or from the wish to distinguish from competition.

The additional requirements will serve to identify and reward companies that are committed to creating a responsible steel value chain, and that are minimising their CO2 emissions.

Consultation on the additional requirements for input materials and GHG has now started, click here to find out more.

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