Tracking ASI’s history and development
ASI has been built on the foundation of work being carried out on aluminium sustainability and material stewardship by organisations, such as the International Aluminium Institute (IAI), European Aluminium Association (EAA) and the Aluminium Association (AA) for over 20 years.
In 2009, a global group of stakeholders from the aluminium industry, civil society, research and policy organisations, and industrial users of aluminium products joined forces to assess challenges, opportunities and needs. This assessment resulted in a report, the Responsible Aluminium Scoping Phase Main Report, that summarised the industry’s environmental, social and governance sustainability-related risks and opportunities.
The report also underscored the need for an international multi-stakeholder approach that could complement existing sustainability programs throughout the aluminium industry. This finding ultimately led to the establishment of ASI.
At the end of 2012, the companies supporting ASI invited IUCN to be the host and coordinator for the standard-setting process. IUCN convened a multi-stakeholder Standards Setting Group (SSG) and co-ordinated the process from January 2013 to August 2015, resulting in the launch of version 1 of the ASI Performance Standard.
In March 2015, ASI appointed its first Executive Director, and in June 2015 the Aluminium Stewardship Initiative Ltd was incorporated as a non-profit entity for the purposes of developing an independent, third-party certification program.
In December 2017, after two public consultations (and other elements that fed into the path to launch) followed by in-depth discussion and deliberation of the feedback received by the ASI Standards Committee, the ASI Standards and Certification program was approved by the ASI Board of Directors, with certifications to begin in 2018.