Aluminium Stewardship Initiative certifies Mineração Rio do Norte bauxite mining operations against ASI Performance Standard
Mineração Rio do Norte – MRN has achieved ASI Performance Standard certification for the planning, mining, transport, processing, river shipment of bauxite and power generation at the Mineração Rio do Norte – MRN facility in Porto Trombetas, State of Pará, Brazil.
Aluminium Stewardship Initiative (ASI) today announced that MRN has been successfully certified against the ASI Performance Standard for its bauxite mining operations and power generation. The company is the largest Brazilian producer and exporter of bauxite with an annual production of over 12 million tons per year.
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 independent, third-party audit of the Mineração Rio do Norte bauxite operations was carried out by Bureau Veritas Certification.
Fiona Solomon, Chief Executive Officer at ASI said, “We warmly congratulate MRN on achieving ASI Performance Standard Certification at its Porto Trombetas operations. Even though significant focus in the aluminium sector is currently on GHG emissions, bauxite mining also has been in the spotlight regarding key ESG issues including Indigenous Peoples’ rights, impact on local communities, dust control, biodiversity management, and appropriate rehabilitation post mining, among others. These are all key parts of the ASI Performance Standard, and MRN’s certification demonstrates that its priorities and values are consistent with responsible mining and production of bauxite.”
Guido Germani, CEO of MRN, said, “The ASI (Aluminum Stewardship Initiative) certification is an important achievement for MRN, therefore, we show the market and society our commitment to a sustainable production of bauxite. We are in the middle of the Amazon, within a national forest, and the constant search for responsible production of bauxite becomes even more significant. It must be aligned with MRN’s values, which focuses on respect for sustainability, safety, health and, above all, people. Certification in the ASI standard is part of this commitment: fostering development focused on legacy for future generations.”