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ASI Standards Committee

The Standards Committee is focussed on ASI Standards and Guidance revisions, the ASI assurance model, and monitoring and evaluation of impacts. The structure provides for an equal balance in decision-making by industry (half) and civil society / Indigenous peoples (half).

ASI Standards Committee


Key responsibilities of the ASI Standards Committee include:

  • Approve new and revised ASI standards, guidance and related normative documents for assurance and claims, for adoption by the ASI Board
  • Provide guidance on the consultation and engagement of stakeholders during standards development activities
  • Recommend that ASI convene working groups or forums on specific standards-related issues
  • Review and make recommendations on ASI’s monitoring and evaluation of impacts
  • Provide guidance relating to the quality and impartiality of ASI’s certification and auditor accreditation activities.

During active standards development periods, all relevant stakeholders are invited to participate in public consultation opportunities.  The feedback from all stakeholders is taken into account by the Standards Committee, which seeks to balance a range of stakeholder interests in determining the final content of new standards, revisions and supporting documents.  The ASI Board has oversight of the standards development process and the final responsibility for adoption of new or revised standards for implementation by ASI members.


ASI’s Standards Committee is multi-stakeholder and composed of 24 people.  ASI aims to have a 50% non-industry (civil society and Indigenous peoples) participation in the Committee.  Balance on the Committee is also sought between ‘upstream’ and ‘downstream’ supply chain members.  The Committee is structured around 6 representatives from Production and Transformation members, 6 representatives from Industrial Users members, 10 representatives from Civil Society members and  2 representatives from the Indigenous Peoples Advisory Forum.

Terms are normally 2 years.  There is possibility for re-election at the end of a term, up to a maximum of 6 continuous years.  Two Committee co-chairs elected by Committee members, one representing aluminium supply chain interests and one representing civil society and Indigenous peoples’ interests.

Meet the ASI Standards Committee

Father Nicholas Barla, Catholic Bishops’ Conference of India (CBCI) – Secretary for Tribal Affairs

Father Nicholas Barla, a graduate in law and business administration, is a native of Sambalpur in Odisha, eastern India. For the past 24 years, he was engaged in various issues, affecting the lives of the tribal people in Odisha, especially in Rourkela and Sambalpur.

Marina Wangurra, Nawa Nawa Consultants Pty Ltd – Director & Strategist

Marina Wangurra is a Yolŋu woman from the Warramiri Clan nation of East Arnhem Land in remote Northern Territory, Australia. Over the past 25 years, she has worked towards purposeful, and outcome-driven engagement, ensuring that traditional peoples are a key part of the developments on their traditional lands and ongoing economic and cultural futures.

She is an innovative intermediary with a natural ability to move across fields enabling solutions in complex cross-cultural environments, and remains motivated to continue this work, ensuring that Yolŋu people’s knowledge, value systems, and cultural legacy are integral to moving their communities in a positive direction for generations to come.

Guilbert Ebune, Arconic Global Rolled Products (“GRP”) – Environmental and Sustainability Director

Guilbert joined Alcoa/Arconic in November 2012 as an Environmental Engineer focusing on Environmental compliance and sustainability. Guilbert moved up in the organization to the Facility Environmental Manager, then to the EHS Manager, and then to his current role as the Environmental and Sustainability Director for Arconic Corporation’s Global Rolled Products and Extrusions businesses.

In Guilbert’s current role, he is responsible for assessing business impacts of new and pending environmental regulations and legislation and environmental challenges as they may apply to all businesses. He leads and works with cross-functional teams and working groups across the corporation to drive change and develop environmental/sustainability strategies and roadmaps while establishing, tracking, evaluating, improving, and reporting critical sustainability KPIs, metrics, and targets.

Guilbert works with all business units and manufacturing facilities within the company to develop work plans and tools/metrics for tracking sustainability performance. He has been instrumental in establishing systems to improve data integrity related to Scopes 1, 2, and 3 emissions, as well as providing insight and narratives for Arconic’s Sustainability & ESG Reports. Guilbert’s in-depth process knowledge of Arconic’s aluminum rolling and extrusion operations and understanding of the entire aluminum value chain has been invaluable.

Kristen King, Ardagh Metal Packaging – Director of Sustainability

Kristen King joined Ardagh Metal Packaging in April 2021, in the newly created role Director of Sustainability. In this role, she is responsible for defining and executing the sustainability strategy for the North America business division. Kristen also collaborates with stakeholders on new and developing trends around environmental, social and governance (ESG) issues to ensure strategic alignment. This role allows her to work across all divisions of Ardagh to drive positive change and measure impact.

Kristen holds an MES from University of Pennsylvania, an MEng in Environmental Engineering from Tsinghua University, an MS in International Environmental Policy and Management from École nationale supérieure des mines de Paris (MINES Paris Tech) and a BS in Civil Engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech). She holds an Engineer-In-Training (EIT) license and is a LEED Green Associate. Kristen previously served onthe Sustainability Accounting Standards Board (SASB) Standards Advisory Group (SAG).

Sinika Lein, OTTO FUCHS KG – Sustainability Manager

Sinika has a Master’s Degree in Sustainability Management and Economics from University of Kassel, Germany.

As a member of the Sustainability team in STUTE Nahrungsmittelwerke, Sinika had responsibility for managing the following certifications: Fairtrade, Round Table on Sustainable Palmoil and Rainforest Alliance, CO2-Calculation (Company Carbon Footprint, Product Carbon Footprint).

She has volunteer experience gained in Malawi, Africa with the project “Sustainable strategic development of livelihood support in rural communities” implemented by the Sustainable Rural Community Development Organisation (regional NGO) in Nsanje (Malawi). She supported the organization in their work with the local people in the Chididi-villages, evaluating the organizations tailoring skills project and its contribution towards women empowerment.

Alex Leutwiler, Nespresso – Head of Packaging and Sustainable Sourcing

  • Managing the sourcing of Aluminium since more than 6 years.
  • Involved together with ASI to promote Sustainable Aluminium by speaking at several conferences every year.
  • Passionate for Circular Economy, I created the Caps 2 Caps within Nespresso.

Marcel Pfitzer, Mercedes-Benz Group AG – BiW Engineering, Consulting Aluminium

After studying mechanical engineering with a focus on aluminium casting and forming technology, I did my PhD thesis for Volkswagen AG to improve light metal high pressure die casting process simulation. I worked in total 7 years for two aluminium casting parts suppliers for automotive application in different positions like process development, R&D and technical consulting. Since 2011 I’m working for Mercedes-Benz in different positions in RD and Quality department, always connected to the aluminium material.

Beside other topics I’m involved in the sustainability activities for aluminium as a key light-weighting material for a sustainable future mobility.

In total I have over 20 years of experience in aluminium automotive business that I will provide to support the application of the ASI Standards in automotive business.

Nadine Schaufelberger, RONAL GROUP – Project Manager, Group Environment

Nadine has a B. Sc. in Environmental Technologies and a Certification of Advanced Studies in Environment and Management as well as a successfully accomplished education as an internal environmental auditor. She works for RONAL GROUP since 2017 and among other things she is responsible for the environmental management, Life Cycle Assessment and CO2Footprints measures of the company.

Recently also part of the RONAL GROUP Sustainability Committee, with developing concrete goals, measures, fields of action in sustainability, compliance and employee development. Before the bachelor degree, she has additionally worked and gained experience through various internships in the social sector (child and youth psychiatry) as well as in an energy department of a local community.

Louis Biswane, Organisation of Kalina and Lokono Indigenous Marowijne (KLIM)

Indigenous community leader and active member of Indigenous peoples of the Marowijne region including and formal positions including Deputy village Chief and Manager of KLIM in support of the Kalina and Lokono Indigenous peoples.

Warrick Jordan, Hunter Jobs Alliance – Co-ordinator

Warrick is the Coordinator of the Hunter Jobs Alliance, a union and community environment alliance focused on supporting communities through structural change in energy and related industries in the Hunter region. Warrick has worked on resource management, conservation and regional economic change issues for the past 20 years.

Prior to his current role Warrick was employed by the Australian Government as the Hunter Region Employment Facilitator, providing direct assistance to resource sector workers and developing on ground economic change initiatives and policy with business, government and community in the Hunter.

His past work history includes participation in multiple initiatives that combined industry, community, environment, worker and structural change interests, including the Forest Stewardship Council and the Tasmanian Forest Agreement. He is also a current board member of the Upper Hunter Economic Development Corporation.

Abu Karimu, Settle Ghana – Executive Director

Abu Karimu is a Ghanaian by birth. Abu is the executive director of the indigenous rights organisation called Settle Ghana. He is also a member of the ASI human rights working group and is a member of IPAF. As a media practitioner, Abu has produced a documentary for ASI on the aluminium value chain in Ghana.

Hugo Rainey, Wildlife Conservation Society – Senior Advisor, Business & Conservation

Hugo has over 25 years of conservation experience in Africa and Asia. At the Wildlife Conservation Society, he supports governments, industry and lenders in definition and application of policy to improve biodiversity outcomes from development projects. Hugo is leading development of the Critical Ecosystem Areas metric based on drivers of ecosystem loss – aligned with the Global Biodiversity Framework and SBTN – to improve measurement and reporting of biodiversity risk by industry.

Hugo led the COMBO Project which has helped four African countries develop new policy to reduce industry impacts on biodiversity. Working for WCS, he has managed large protected areas in Africa and Asia alongside governments and communities. Hugo was a leading member of the team which discovered over 125,000 gorillas in the forests and swamps of northern Congo. He led WCS’s team in Gabon which supported expansion of the national marine protected area network. Hugo has a PhD in Zoology from the University of St Andrews and is based in the UK.

José Rubio, Fauna and Flora International – Senior Technical Specialist

Environmental and political economist with extensive experience working in leading and managing applied research projects, economic analysis, natural resources management, conservation and social issues in Latin America, and leading and coordinating multi-disciplinary teams across multiple countries. Career focused on generating evidence to improve forest conservation and management, developing multi-stakeholder networks, making incidence in public policy, liaising with national and international NGOs, grassroot organizations, and government officials. With capacity to understand the main issues and debates around smart infrastructure and extractive industries, blended and green finances, climate change, nature-based solutions and water security, and to effectively engage the relevant stakeholders in deliberations.

Kendyl Salcito, Nomogaia – Executive Director

Kendyl is the Executive Director of NomoGaia, a non-profit research organization specializing in corporate human rights due diligence. From July 2023, she also became the Human Rights Director at Alcoa Corporation. She holds a PhD in Epidemiology from the Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute, an MA in Journalism from the University of British Columbia, and a BA in History from Princeton University.

Emma Watson, Science Based Targets Initiative (SBTi) – Head of Standards

Emma is responsible for setting the direction and deliverables of the SBTi Standards Team in line with best practice. The Standards Team develops and maintains SBTi’s cross-sector standards, including near-term science-based targets, the Corporate Net-Zero Standard, and the emerging Net-Zero for Financial Institutions and Measurement, Reporting and Verification (MRV) Standards.

As Senior Manager for Net-Zero, Emma led the development of the Science Based Targets initiative’s Corporate Net-Zero Standard, launched in 2022 and featured on an ASI 45 minutes on….

Prior to joining, she was the technical lead for the science-based targets offering of Accenture’s Carbon Intelligence – a service which she developed and brought to market.

Emma has extensive knowledge of the Greenhouse Gas Protocol and its standards, guidance, tools and training, including the Scope 3 (Corporate Accounting) Standard. She co-authored the UK Green Building Council’s Guide to Scope 3 Reporting in Commercial Real Estate.

Emma has an MSc in Carbon Management and BSc with Honours in Environmental Science, both from the University of Edinburgh and is based in London, UK.

Neill Wilkins, Institute for Human Rights and Business – Head of Migrant Workers Programme

Neill manages all aspects of the IHRB Migrant Workers programme and helped oversee the development of the Dhaka Principles for Migration With Dignity – a set of human rights based principles that offer a clear framework for understanding the recruitment and employment of migrant workers worldwide. The current focus for the programme is ethical recruitment and in particular the payment of recruitment fees by migrant workers. IHRB are working with others to promote increased due diligence by business and establish the principle of “employer pays” (the cost of recruitment) as the norm across all industry sectors and locations. This has seen the establishment of a business focussed initiative The Leadership Group for Responsible Recruitment – a group of leading brands and other stakeholders including IOM IRIS, all committing to responsible recruitment as a way of preventing forced labour and trafficking in their supply chains.

Neill also manages IHRB engagement with the modern slavery agenda and speaks regularly at events focussed on forced labour, trafficking and transparency legislation. He has worked extensively with the construction, apparel and hospitality sectors both in the UK and elsewhere including the Gulf and SE Asia.

Piet Wit, Daridibó – Secretary of the Directive Board

Piet Wit has over 50 years of experience in integrated management natural resources in over 70 countries, with a focus on Africa. The main focus of his work is the integration of biodiversity conservation in sustainable development.

He has worked on assignments to clients that include Dutch government organisations; multilateral organisations such as UNDP/UNSO, FAO and the World Bank; NGOs such as IUCN, WWF and the private sector such as forest concession holders and travel agencies. He has served two times in Afghanistan for the Dutch army as an officer responsible for agricultural development.

Piet has been applying the 12 principles of ecosystem management for project formulation and evaluation. He has produced an instruction booklet on the integration of ecosystem management aspects in military operations.

Mr Wit has been Chairman of IUCN’s Commission on Ecosystem Management (20082016) and member of the Board of the Hustai National Park Trust (Mongolia). He is advisor to the Foundation Chimbo and secretary of the Directive Board of Daridibó (an NGO for Chimpanzee conservation in Guinea Bissau).

Steven Bater, EGA – Sustainability Manager

Steve has over19 years of experience in assessing, managing and monitoring environmental and social topics, including 4 years of working directly with the ASI standards.Steve has overseen ASI certification for 2 of the largest smelting and casting sites in the world (joint capacity of over 2.5 million tonnes)and has been regularly involved inASI working groups during the development of V3 of the ASI standards.Outside of ASI, Steve’s 19 years of experience includes the undertaking of impact assessments, designing mitigation, stakeholder engagement, creating reporting frameworks, undertaking audits, developing monitoring plans and overseeing management systems associated with:

  • Climate change mitigation and adaptation.
  • Marine, terrestrial and freshwater ecology.
  • Sustainable procurement.
  • Labour rights and worker welfare.
  • Air quality.
  • Community engagement.
  • Waste management.
  • Land contamination, remediation and emergency planning.
  • Cultural heritage and archaeology.
  • Water preservation and discharge management.
  • Corporate disclosure and sustainability reporting.

Steve’s experience is international, having worked on environmental and social aspects in the UK, Middle East, South East Asia and Western Africa, gaining first-hand experience of how environmental and social criteria are often applied differently around the world. Steve also has international experience of auditor/auditee interactions and has over 12 years of auditing experience against environmental and social performance criteria including ISO standards and performance criteria used by international lenders such as the International Finance Corporation, Equator Principles Financial Institutions and the European Bank for Reconstruction & Development.

Patrick Brading, Hydro – Head of Environment, Group Sustainability

Patrick has an academic background in biological sciences, with experience in applied research and business innovation related to sustainability topics. He has four years of experience within Hydro, in a corporate environment management position covering both operational and strategic responsibilities.

Over his career, Patrick has gathered experience in management of biodiversity, water, waste and air emissions across the aluminium value chain, is a member of the Biodiversity working group in ASI and the Water and Nature working groups in ICMM, and formerly, did HSE (internal) auditing within aluminium value chain and environmental strategy development and minimum requirement setting for aluminium chain.

Andy Doran, Novelis – Senior Manager Sustainability & Recycling Development

Andy has worked in the resources field for thirty years in the public and private sector with local and national Government in the UK and Novelis.

Andy joined Novelis, the world’s largest recycler of aluminium in 2006 with original responsibility for Used Beverage Cans collection in the UK market. In 2011, he changed roles to work on recycling development and sustainability activities within Novelis Europe, becoming increasingly involved in Government Affairs and customer engagement on sustainability topics activities as he helps Novelis become the world’s leading provider of low-carbon, sustainable aluminium solutions.

Andy was a contributor to the original ASI Standards Setting Group 2012-2015 and is a current member of Recycling & Materials Stewardship and CoC workgroups. Within Novelis he is the subject matter expert on ASI and has coordinated certification of 11 plants within Novelis Europe –and continues to offer support to the global roll out of ASI within Novelis Inc.

Gesa Jauck, TRIMET – Chief Compliance Officer & General Counsel

Gesa Jauck joined TRIMET in 2014 as Chief Compliance Officer and General Counsel. As lawyer for TRIMET she is admitted to the bar in Germany. Since many sustainability aspects are strongly linked to compliance aspects she is also responsible for sustainability within TRIMET.

Gesa has 20 years of international experience in law, compliance and sustainability- namely in responsible sourcing. She started her career as lawyer in an international law firm. In 2004, she moved on to the German legal department of Arcelor (later ArcelorMittal). In 2011, she moved to ArcelorMittal Global Purchasing in Luxembourg. Among others, she took on the responsibility for the “Responsible Sourcing Program” with a worldwide scope.

She implemented the Conflict Minerals Program (from design to disclosure) following OECD Due Diligence Guidance for Responsible Supply Chains of Minerals from Conflict-Affected and High-Risk Areas.

loannis (John ) Koufopanos, ELVAL SA, Sustainability Director

John Koufopanos holds the position of Sustainability Director of Elval the Aluminium Rolling Division of ELVALHALCOR since October 2019. Active in the aluminium business since 1987 with the company ELVAL SA, he started initially as the Quality Control Supervisor, moving later to the commercial department as Sales Manager of Elval special products. Having successfully developed this market, he mo11ed later to the position of Export Manager, Deputy Commercial Manager and finally Commercial Manager of the Domestic Market and Brazing products.

He has deep experience and knowledge of the global aluminium market having visited many Rolling Mills and downstream activities (customers) around the world.

He has been a member of the Board of Genecos SA , (commercial company of the Group located in Paris) and from 2019 till today he is member of the Board of the company EDEP OA S.A.

John is an Associate Member of the IMechE (UK) and Member of the Technical Chamber of Greece.

Olivier Neel, Constellium – Senior Group Sustainability manager

Dr. Olivier Néel, senior group sustainability manager at Constellium, has been working in Sustainability and Life Cycle Assessment topics since 2007. He began his career with Pechiney, worked as R&D scientist and held various positions in the field of metal packaging and surface before moving to a full-time Sustainability assignment.

In this field, he actively contributed to set up Constellium sustainability policy and practices, covering environmental, governance and social aspects, as well as interfacing with external stakeholders (customers, professional associations). In recent years, he actively contributed to the ASI certification process of Constellium sites, providing support and guidance to the sites’ representatives, interacting with auditors and ASI staff to solve issues and validating the audit reports’ content. He actively contributed to the ASI standard revision process through its active participation to the GHG WG, in particular.

Graduated in organic chemistry from French Engineering school ENSCP, Dr. Néel holds a Ph.D. in polymer science and an Executive MBA in Organizations Social Responsibility from Strasbourg management school.


Standards Committee Meeting Minutes

The Standards Committee meets regularly, mainly via teleconference.  Summaries of the meeting minutes are published below for transparency.

Note: Meeting minutes from 2016-2018 can be found in the Standards Committee archive.


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