Harsco Environmental has joined ArcelorMittal, Daimler, BMW and others in the world’s first sustainability standard for the steel industry.

ResponsibleSteel™ is the industry’s first global multi-stakeholder standard and certification initiative, dedicated to defining and promoting responsible practice, aimed at improving climate change and GHG emissions, water stewardship and biodiversity, human and labour rights and community relations and business integrity.

According to Harsco, steel is the world’s most widely-used material, and those who us it in the transport, automotive, infrastructure, packaging, construction, energy and white goods industries are under increasing pressure to ensure that materials are responsibly-sourced. As the world’s first responsible sourcing certification scheme, ResponsibleSteel aims to help the steel industry meet these expectations.

Cope Willis, Harsco Sustainability and Environmental Solutions vice president, said that this latest collaboration was 'another step in Harsco's continuing efforts to lead the steel industry into a more sustainable future'.