About us

The Roundtable on the Responsible Recycling of Metals is a multi-stakeholder initiative that seeks to ensure there are appropriate standards, systems and tools available for the responsible production and sourcing of recycled metals.
The Roundtable seeks to help signpost existing solutions, identify and clarify gaps that need closing and propose solutions to these gaps. It provides a structure for collaboration and mapping of the scope of and alignment between different initiatives. It intends to help frame the challenges and opportunities as we move towards circular economies and to provide a roadmap for key actors so they can save time and effort in replicated responsible sourcing efforts.

The RRRM’s activities are driven by regular roundtable engagement, supported and coordinated by the secretariat and overseen by the Steering Group. The secretariat is provided by One Planet Ltd

Core Principles

The Roundtable is based on the following Core Principles*:

Sustainability Impacts

The Roundtable has a clear definition of scope and objectives, focused on salient sustainability impacts of recycled metals supply chains.


The Roundtable implements partnerships across metals, supply chains and sectors.

Value Creation

The Roundtable adds value and minimizes costs for its users.

Stakeholder Engagement

The Roundtable is inclusive and non-discriminatory. It includes perspectives of diverse groups of stakeholders affected by its decisions.


The Roundtable communicates openly and transparently.
* The Roundtable’s Core Principles are adapted from the ISEAL Credibility Principles


The RRRM’s activities are driven by regular roundtable engagement, supported and coordinated by the secretariat and overseen by the Steering Group. The Steering Group has a balanced membership between commercial and non-commercial interests.
The Steering Group is responsible for:
  1. Achieving the objectives of the Roundtable
  2. Guiding the activities of the Roundtable
  3. Overseeing the Roundtable Secretariat
  4. Adopting the Roadmap for the Responsible Recycling of Metals
The Steering Group will meet on a regular basis, at least monthly and members will be expected to review and approve deliverables of each activity.

The facilitator acts as an independent party and does not represent any stakeholder group. The role of the facilitator is to act in good faith to understand and to find common positions that can reasonably and fairly represent the range of stakeholder interests considering the objectives of the Roundtable.

The Steering Group comprises:


Recycling companies

Metal producers and processors

Industry Associations

Voluntary standard systems

Civil Society Organizations


End Users

Trading Platforms

The Steering Group is responsible for guiding and funding the Roundtable activities, and adopting the output to be delivered by the RRRM. Except for civil society members, who are invited to join the Steering Group at no cost, Steering Group members contribute financially to the Roundtable. Steering Group members regularly meet to review and approve deliverables of each activity.


The Roundtable is bringing together key representatives of the recycling industry, main customer segments, voluntary standard systems, civil society and other relevant organisations to deliver the following activities.
1. Stakeholder mapping
A stakeholder mapping exercise to identify and categorise relevant stakeholders

2. Needs and impact assessment
Participants in the Roundtable surveyed to understand their needs, interests and any current efforts related to the responsible production and sourcing of recycled metals. Survey information collated and honed through roundtable meeting

3. Mapping of existing standards, systems and tools
Identification and mapping of existing standards, systems and tools to the objectives and scope of the roadmap using desktop research and input from its participants. Mapping inputs and process informed by roundtable members.

4. Definition of scope and objectives
Building on the needs assessment, the objectives and scope of the roadmap will be defined and prioritised by Roundtable Working Groups.
5. Development of a roadmap
Using the results of the previous activities, a roadmap for responsible recycling will be developed. The Roundtable does not intend to build new infrastructure nor, unless the roundtable think otherwise, create a responsible secondary metals standard.

The roadmap will be designed to provide outputs and recommendations that can be adopted by, integrate into, and build on, existing schemes and programs of its participants.

6. Agreement on next steps
Once member organisations have had an opportunity to consider the roadmap, they will consider and agree specific actions to take forward the recommendations. The Steering Group will consider if further support will be necessary from the Roundtable to deliver on the roadmap activities and if the RRRM’s own objectives have been achieved. Next steps will then be agreed.


The Facilitator, Steering Group members and members of the Roundtable for Responsible Recycling of Metals should make themselves aware of applicable anti-trust laws and regulations and act accordingly when dealing with commercially sensitive information. The RRRM’s activities will not encourage violating national or international legislation.
By clicking "Accept All" you agree to the use of analytical cookies that we use on our website to measure usage. These cookies provide information that will help us to improve our site and enhance user experience. By clicking "Manage Preferences", you can manage your consent and find out more about the cookies we use.
Manage your privacy preferences

These are functional cookies needed to keep our website working properly and give you the best experience when visiting our website.

We collect information about how visitors use our website. The information is in aggregate form and counts visitor numbers and other information to help us improve our website.

These cookies ensure that, if applicable, any adverts are properly displayed and targeted based on your browsing. They may also be used to integrate social media on our site.

We may use assets from 3rd parties on our website, for example, Google fonts, which enhance your viewing and visual experience.

Read our privacy policy