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2 September 2021

Alcoa has achieved ASI Performance Standard Certification at their Aluminerie de Bécancour (ABI) and Aluminerie de Deschambault smelters in Quebec, Canada. These smelters join the Aluminerie de Baie Como in Quebec, which achieved Performance Standard Certification in 2019. Alcoa’s existing Chain of Custody Standard Certification was also expanded to include these and several other facilities.

Aluminium Stewardship Initiative (ASI) today announced that Alcoa has been successfully certified against ASI Performance Standard for responsible production, sourcing and stewardship of aluminium. The two smelting facilities, ABI and Deschambault in Quebec, Canada, have a combined annual production capacity of more than 670,000 tonnes of aluminium ingots, billets and slabs. Alcoa’s Chain of Custody (CoC) Standard Certification has been expanded to include these facilities, bauxite mines and alumina refineries in Brazil and Australia, and additional smelters in Canada, Spain, Norway and Iceland.

The ASI Certification program was developed through an extensive multi-stakeholder consultation process and is the only comprehensive voluntary sustainability standard initiative for the aluminium value chain. The ASI Performance Standard defines environmental, social and governance principles and criteria, with the aim to address sustainability issues in the aluminium value chain. It sets out 59 criteria under the three sustainability pillars of Governance, Environment and Social, which address key issues such as biodiversity, Indigenous Peoples rights, and greenhouse gas emissions.

The ASI CoC Standard sets out requirements for the creation of a Chain of Custody for material that is produced and processed through the value chain into diverse downstream sectors. The implementation of ASI’s CoC Standard links verified practices at successive steps of the supply chain – certified under the ASI Performance Standard – to the products produced by ASI Certified Entities.

The independent, third-party audits of the Alcoa facilities were carried out by DNV Business Assurance Services UK Ltd.

Fiona Solomon, Chief Executive Officer at ASI said “ASI congratulates Alcoa on achieving these latest Performance Standard Certifications at the ABI and Deschambault smelters, and the scope expansion to its Chain of Custody Standard Certification, which now comprises three bauxite mines, four alumina refineries and seven aluminium smelters. These Certifications are a validation of Alcoa’s commitment and collective efforts to demonstrate the sustainability practices in place at these operations, as well as to the company’s ongoing and valued support of ASI’s Standards program.”

“We are on a journey to re-define what it means to be the most sustainable upstream aluminum company, and earning additional third-party validation of the sustainability of our operations and products is a critical part of that process,” said Rosa García Pineiro, Vice President of Sustainability for Alcoa. “Today, we are able to deliver ASI-certified aluminum to customers anywhere in the world, which reflects our commitment to leading the industry forward and delivering sustainable financial, environmental, and societal value – thank you to the Alcoans at Deschambault and ABI for their hard work in earning these certifications.”

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