Thai Beverage Can (TBC) has achieved ASI Performance Standard Certification with Provisional Status and Chain of Custody Standard Certification for the manufacture of aluminium can body and ends for the beverage and beer industry at their material conversion plant in Saraburi, Thailand.
Aluminium Stewardship Initiative (ASI) today announced that TBC has been successfully certified against ASI Performance Standard with Provisional Status and Chain of Custody (CoC) Standard for responsible production, sourcing and stewardship of aluminium. The facility in Saraburi, Thailand, outside Bangkok, has an annual production capacity of more than 3 billion can bodies and over 4 billion ends, making it one of the largest aluminium can manufacturers in Southeast Asia.
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 Performance Standard certification has been achieved under the ASI Interim Policy regarding Audits, Audit-Related Travel and Coronavirus, which clarifies the reasonable accommodations that can be made to audit plans in consideration of the current COVID-19 situation.
The independent, third-party audits of the TBC facility were carried out by TÜV Rheinland Cert GmbH. The audit was undertaken as a ‘desktop’ exercise with a remote review of relevant documentation. Some criteria requiring on-site evaluation by the auditor will be evaluated when an on-site audit can be scheduled.
Fiona Solomon, Chief Executive Officer at ASI said “ASI warmly congratulates TBC on its dual certification, and for being the first ASI Certified Member headquartered in Thailand. Beverage cans are a long-standing contributor to the circular economy, with used cans continually being recycled back into productive use. TBC’s customers for can bodies and ends now have the assurance that the packaging for their beverages is produced following industry-leading environmental, social and governance criteria.”
Mr. Saroj Chayavivatkul, President of TBC said, “We have the responsibility to protect the environment for the next generation. Aluminium beverage packaging is infinitely recyclable, providing one of the most sustainable packaging solutions for our customers and the consumers. We, at Thai Beverage Can, are extremely proud to be the first beverage can manufacturer in Southeast Asia to achieve ASI certification. More importantly, we are extremely proud to be able to contribute to the well-being of the world, and would continue to work closely with our business partners to further our sustainability commitment.”