We know the importance of creating a standard to ensure that steel industry customers – and thereby consumers – can be confident that the steel they use has been sourced and produced responsibly at every stage.
By creating a multi-stakeholder forum to build trust and achieve consensus, ResponsibleSteel™ aims to enhance the responsible sourcing, production, use and recycling of steel through the development of standards, certification and related tools.
In November 2019, ResponsibleSteel™ published a performance standard for steel making sites with 12 environmental, social and governance principles. Members using the standard will be able to gain competitive advantage by using the standards to inform customers of the credibility and rigour that has gone into auditing their social and environmental performance.
Having run pilot audits across key sites in 2018 and 2019, whilst the standard was in development, in July 2021 ArcelorMittal announced the first sites to be certified – ArcelorMittal Belgium (Geel, Genk, Gent and Liège), Luxembourg (Belval, Differdange and Rodange) and Germany (Bremen and Eisenhüttenstadt.
ResponsibleSteel are now in the process of creating a product standard, involving additional requirements in relation to raw materials and greenhouse gas emissions. While meeting the requirements published in November 2019 allows steel sites to make claims about the way their site is operated, meeting 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. ResponsibleSteel is aiming to have a ratified product standard by the fourth quarter of 2021.