Steel is the world’s most widely used material, and those who use it in the transport, automotive, infrastructure, packaging, construction, energy, and white good sectors have a growing expectation that the materials they work with are responsibly sourced
and produced.

While such assurances already exist for the aluminum, concrete, stone and aggregates industries, ResponsibleSteel is the steel industry’s first global multi stakeholder standard and certification program and includes the steel industry’s supply chain. Zinc is a critically important raw material for the steel sector because it extends the life of steel products, thereby saving resources and energy. Well over 50% of the global zinc production is used to galvanize steel.

By joining ResponsibleSteel’s growing multi-stakeholder partnership as an associate member, IZA is showing support for the steel industry and demonstrating its own commitment to the principles of sustainable development.

ResponsibleSteel’s membership presently comprises steel producers (ArcelorMittal,
Bluescope, steel users (e.g. Daimler, BMW), and HSBC. Membership also includes standards initiatives such as the Mining Association of Canada’s Towards Sustainable Mining Program, the Initiative for Responsible Mining Assurance (IRMA), and Bettercoal in
addition to civil society organizations, including the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and the global union IndustriALL.

ResponsibleSteel will also become an Associate Member of IZA, thus creating a mutually beneficial partnership as well as new opportunities for knowledge sharing and addressing key sustainability issues in both the zinc and steel industries. Both organizations look forward to working together in support of their respective missions.

IZA has participated in two stakeholder meetings in 2018 and is presently reviewing the final draft standard in cooperation with its Stewardship working group. ResponsibleSteel aims to have the standard approved by its members in September 2019.

For more information, contact Dr. Sabina Grund.

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