Outokumpu is a member of the ResponsibleSteel initiative. We aim to certify our first sites during 2023.

ResponsibleSteel is the world’s first global and independent standard for responsibly sourced and produced steel. It provides a tool to view our sustainability performance through an industry-level ESG framework. Combined with external auditing and stakeholder engagement, ResponsibleSteel enhances the credibility and transparency of our sustainability work

ResponsibleSteel has around 13% of the global steel industry in membership and over 40 certified sites on 5 continents covering the production of over 100 million tons of steel.

Outokumpu's certification process

Outokumpu aims to certify sites in Finland, Germany and Sweden by summer of 2023. ResponsibleSteel certification process includes site-specific self-assessments, on-site audits as well as worker and stakeholder interviews by an external auditor.

The certification process covers all material sustainability aspects concerning our operations. These include impacts on climate and biodiversity, water stewardship, occupational health and safety, human rights, diversity and inclusion, stakeholder engagement, responsible sourcing and governance.

The standard consists of 13 Principles on environmental, social and governance topics. They are further divided into about 60 criteria and over 500 requirements that are externally audited.

The certification process has started with site-specific self-assessments in the autumn of 2022. The process will continue with on-site audits during the spring of 2023. An engagement process with external stakeholders will take place in early 2023.

Stakeholder engagement

External stakeholder outreach is a crucial part of the certification process. The stakeholder outreach process in each country will take place in native language. These processes are conducted by the auditor, DNV, that is responsible for the external auditing of the ResponsibleSteel certification process for Outokumpu.

Outokumpu organized a stakeholder information webinar in December to share information on the standard and the included stakeholder engagement process. You can find the recording of the webinar below.

Any questions about ResponsibleSteel? Please send your questions to Anna Vainikainen, Senior Sustainability Manager, at  

ResponsibleSteel website