In October 2015 the government issued guidance requiring all central government departments to consider the social and economic impact of the steel they source on all major projects. The government has now extended this requirement to relevant contracts of the entire public sector, including the NHS and councils. Public procurements involving steel supply will need to consider responsible sourcing, supplier workforce training, carbon footprint, staff health and safety and the social integration of disadvantaged workers. This is to allow major project buyers to take into account the true value of British steel, including its social impact. Contractors working for the public sector will also be required to advertise their requirements for steel so that UK firms can compete.
The government is also to establish, for use by the government and its contractors, a list of approved steel suppliers who meet stringent criteria that include high and robust health and safety standards, environmental impacts, responsible sourcing, supply chain management and training the workforce.