About the Standard

The e-Stewards® Standard for Responsible Recycling and Reuse of Electronic Equipment©  is a comprehensive set of performance requirements created specifically for the electronics recycling and asset recovery industries, and other processors, set into the framework of the global environmental management system standard known as ISO 14001.

ISO 14001 is fully integrated into the e-Stewards Standard, resulting in a dual certification to both ISO 14001 and the e-Stewards Standard in one audit process.

The standard is the basis for the accredited e-Stewards certification program and was developed in a multi-stakeholder process with experts and leaders in related fields. It is written for international use and is consistent with:

  • international waste trade laws (Basel Convention and OECD treaties)
  • NIST data privacy requirements of customers
  • environmental and health & safety management system norms
  • occupational health & safety best practice
  • social accountability values

Versions of the Standard

The e-Stewards Standard is a living document and is updated as needed with relevant information to reflect changing best practices and industry norms. Since its inception in 2009, the standard has undergone two full revisions: Version 2.0 published on November 1, 2013, and Version 3.0 published on March 15, 2017. Currently the Standard is in Version 3.1 which includes the first set of sanctioned interpretations to the Version 3.

To access the current V3.1 of the e-Stewards Standard created in August of 2018 click here.

Sanctioned Interpretations

Between publications of full revisions of the standard, formal changes are published as needed to update or clarify the standard.  These formal changes are called Sanctioned Interpretations (SI).  All organizations seeking certification must meet requirements of both the current e-Stewards Standard and the current e-Stewards Sanctioned Interpretations of that standard.

Sanctioned Interpretations to Version 3.0 are integrated into the official updated standard, which is subsequently renumbered (Version 3.1, 3.2, etc.) to reflect the addition of SIs in the document. New updates to Version 3 of the standard are sent at no cost to original purchasers of an earlier iteration of Version 3, and the citation list of Sanctioned Interpretations will be available on the e-Stewards website, as well as in the renumbered versions. Click here to access the citation list of Sanctioned Interpretations.

Public comments on Final Draft Sanctioned Interpretations: When a new draft of Sanctioned Interpretations is being considered, language may be drafted by the e-Stewards Technical Committee, or by any other committee created for this purpose by the Leadership Council, or by the e-Stewards program manager, as appropriate. Subsequently, each Final Draft Sanctioned Interpretations (FDSI) is made available on this website for 30 days after publication of the draft, seeking input from the public, certified e-Stewards Recyclers, those contracted for certification, and e-Stewards certification and accreditation bodies. Currently Final Draft Sanctioned Interpretations for V3 open for public comments, if any, may be found by clicking here, along with instructions for submitting formal comments by the deadline.