Certification

Recognitions of ASI

We work with a range of external Standard or Scheme to support recognition of ASI Standards.



What is the process?

Each external Standard or Scheme has its own benchmarking requirements and processes in place that ASI must follow in order to achieve recognition. The ASI Secretariat will work with the owner of the Standard or Scheme to complete the benchmarking assessment process.

Once the external benchmarking or recognition process is complete, the ASI Secretariat will communicate the results on this ASI website.  The external Standard or Scheme will communicate the results of the recognition according to their own processes and procedures.

 

External Standards and Schemes that have recognised ASI Standards or Certification

Green Building Standards

Green building standards, certifications and ratings systems have emerged since the 1990s and are aimed at mitigating the impacts of buildings on the natural environment through sustainable design.

ASI is working to achieve recognition of the ASI Certification program by selected green building initiatives. Below is a list of the green building standards that have recognised ASI Certification to date.

About BREEAM

BREEAM is an international scheme that provides independent third party certification of the assessment of the sustainability performance of individual buildings, communities and infrastructure projects.

BREEAM third-party certification involves the checking – by impartial experts – of the assessment of a building or project by a qualified and licensed BREEAM Assessor to ensure that it meets the quality and performance standards of the scheme.

The main output from a certified BREEAM assessment is the rating. A certified rating reflects the performance achieved by a project and its stakeholders, as measured against the standard and its benchmarks. The rating enables comparability between projects and provides reassurance to customers and users, in turn underpinning the quality and value of the asset.

The BREEAM ratings range from Acceptable (In-Use scheme only) to Pass, Good, Very Good, Excellent to Outstanding and it is reflected in a series of stars on the BREEAM certificate.

How it works

BREEAM awards credits for responsibly sourcing construction products to encourage responsible product specification and procurement in construction. To achieve these credits, applicable specified products must be covered by Environmental Management System (EMS) or a Responsible Sourcing Certification Scheme (RSCS) recognised by BREEAM.

ASI completed the BREEAM evaluation process in April 2020. Being a recognised Responsible Sourcing Certification Scheme means that ASI Aluminium products can be identified and checked by construction product specifiers and BREEAM Assessors during BREEAM assessments.

The table below is taken from Guidance Note GN 18, which contains the score levels for RSCS that are recognised by BREEAM for use in BREEAM and HQM assessments, along with respective guidance:

RSCS/EMS Scheme (or other recognised source)

Aluminium Stewardship Initiative (ASI)

Label(s)/Version(s) of the scheme

‘ASI Certified Performance’ with ‘ASI Certified Chain of Custody’ (Note: Provisional certification is not applicable)

Additional requirement to be specified

The aluminium shall originate from a casthouse that is a certified ASI Member and/or a subsequent supplier of this aluminium that is a certified Member (listed here: https://aluminium-stewardship.org/asi-certification/asi-certified-members/)

RSCS summary score level for use in BREEAM assessments

5

About LEED

LEED is the green building project and performance management system from the U.S. Green Building Council, and provides a framework for green building design, construction, operations and performance.

The latest version of LEED, LEED v4.1, sets the bar on building standards to address energy efficiency, water conservation, site selection, material selection, day lighting, waste reduction, and more.

Projects pursuing LEED certification earn points for various green building strategies under LEED credits, across several categories: sustainable sites, water efficiency, energy and atmosphere, material and resources, indoor environmental quality, innovation and regional priority credits. Based on the number of points achieved, a project earns one of four LEED rating levels: Certified, Silver, Gold or Platinum.

The credit ‘Social Equity within the Supply Chain’ is a new pilot credit which aims to create more equitable, healthier environments for those affected by and involved in the production of materials and products used in a project, including the stages of raw materials extraction, processing, manufacturing, and assembly of components and products.

How it works

The pilot credit ‘‘Social equity within the supply chain’’ requires that products used are certified by, or are from a company that meets all 8 Fundamental Conventions of the International Labour Organization (or using alternative strategies which proves that these 8 Conventions have been addressed). As a pilot credit, the USGBC will monitor the credit’s uptake and use by LEED project teams. Pilot credits are reviewed annually and updates are made based on user experience. Each year the credit will either be extended for another year, or included as a permanent credit under the LEED system, or retired.

The eight ILO conventions include: Freedom of Association and Protection of Right to Organize (C087), Right to Organize and Collective Bargaining (C098), Forced Labour (C029), Abolition of Forced Labour (C105), Minimum Age (C138), Worst Forms of Child Labour (C182), Equal Renumeration (C100) and Discrimination – Employment and Occupation (C111).

The ASI Performance Standard (v2) and the ASI Chain of Custody Standard (v1) have both been pre-approved by USGBC to meet these 8 ILO Fundamental Conventions. To be eligible, the manufacturing company has achieved ASI Performance Standard Certification, or procures materials that are sourced from an Entity that has achieved ASI Chain of Custody Certification. (Please note that in order for an Entity to be ASI CoC Certified, ASI Performance Standard Certification must be achieved as well).

 

CONSULT THE FULL LEED TEXT ON SOCIAL EQUITY WITHIN THE SUPPLY CHAIN

 

ESG Rating Schemes

Environmental, social and governance (ESG) criteria are a set of standards for a company’s operations that socially conscious investors use to screen potential investments. Environmental criteria consider how a company performs as a steward of nature. Social criteria examine how it manages relationships with employees, suppliers, customers, and the communities where it operates. Governance deals with a company’s leadership, executive pay, audits, internal controls, and shareholder rights.

Companies can be scored objectively on their environmental, social and governance (ESG) performance by various third party providers of reports and ratings. Institutional investors, asset managers, financial institutions and other stakeholders are increasingly relying on these reports and ratings to assess and measure company ESG performance over time and as compared to peers.

The following providers of ESG Ratings have recognised ASI’s Standards as being consistent and compatible with parts of their schemes.

About EcoVadis

EcoVadis is a trusted provider of business sustainability ratings, allowing companies to assess the environmental and social performance of their global suppliers. Within its CSR assessment methodology, EcoVadis recognises certification schemes and awards points to companies who have been certified against these schemes.  For EcoVadis, an effective CSR Management System is composed of the following elements: Policies, Actions and Reporting on Results. These three management layers are separated into seven management indicators: Policies (POLI), Endorsements (ENDO), Measures (MESU), Certifications (CERT), Coverage – Deployment of Actions (COVE), Reporting (REPO) and 360° Watch Findings (360).

Both the ASI Performance Standard and ASI Chain of Custody Standard (CoC) have been approved by EcoVadis as recognised certification standards. ASI has also been formally recognised by EcoVadis as a sustainability membership organisation.

In 2020, a Senior EcoVadis Analyst conducted a mapping exercise and gap analysis and discussed these with ASI to understand where and how ASI could be recognised within the EcoVadis CSR management system assessment. The outcomes are described below.

How it works

  1. Companies can now endorse ASI by becoming an ASI Member in the Production & Transformation, Industrial User or Downstream Supporter membership class and will receive points in the ‘Endorsements (ENDO)’ management indicator. ASI Members need to provide documented evidence of ASI membership (e.g. mention of membership in a CSR report or other public document, or a screenshot of the ASI Member list).
  2. In addition to ASI membership, ASI Certified Members in the Production & Transformation and Industrial Users membership classes will receive points in the ‘Certifications (CERT)’ management indicator when they achieve certification against the ASI Performance Standard and ASI Chain-of-Custody Standard. ASI Certified Members need to provide documented evidence of a valid (non-expired) ASI Performance Standard and Chain of Custody certificate and entry on the ASI Certified Member List.

 

Mining and Metal Standards

About ICMM Equivalency Benchmark

The International Council on Mining and Metals (ICMM) is an international organisation dedicated to a safe, fair and sustainable mining and metals industry. ICMM brings together 27 mining and metals company members and over 35 national, regional and commodities association members.

ICMM’s Mining Principles and ICMM Performance Expectations (PEs) define good practice environmental, social and governance requirements for the industry through a comprehensive set of PEs. Implementation is supported by site-level validation, transparent disclosure of the outcomes and credible assurance of corporate sustainability reports. ICMM’s Mining Principles and ICMM PEs are a condition of membership for ICMM’s company members and apply to more than 650 assets (mine sites) in over 50 countries.

ASI and ICMM conducted a comprehensive Equivalency Benchmark between October 2019 and August 2020 to see how the requirements of the ASI Performance Standard are equivalent to, or differ from ICMM’s Mining Principles and associated PEs. The two standards have been compared, both in terms of ‘stringency’ and ‘prescriptiveness’, and a final Equivalency Benchmark was mutually accepted between ICMM and ASI in August 2020.

An updated Equivalency Benchmark is to be completed in 2022 that will take into account all relevant changes in the revised ASI Performance Standard.

How it works

The table below provides an overview of the requirements of the ASI Performance Standard that Exceed, Meet, or Partially Meet the requirements of the ICMM Mining Principles.  The full ICMM Mining Principles-Centric Benchmark table can be found on page 6 in the Equivalency Benchmark document.

ASI Performance Standard exceeds ICMM PE

ASI Performance Standard meets ICMM PE

ASI Performance Standard partially meets ICMM PE

ASI Performance Standard does not meet ICMM PE

Not Applicable for ASI Performance Standard

2 PEs

23 PEs

11 PEs

0 PEs

2 PEs

10.2

1.1, 1.2, 1.4, 2.2, 3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 3.4, 3.5, 3.6, 3.7, 3.8, 4.2, 4.3, 4.4, 5.1, 5.2, 6.1, 6.4, 8.2, 9.1, 9.3, 10.1

1.5, 2.1, 4.1, 6.2, 6.3, 6.5, 7.1, 7.2, 8.1, 9.2, 10.3, 10.4

1.3, 9.4

 

What does the Equivalency mean for ICMM members who are also ASI Certified Members?

This recognition means that for ICMM member assets that have undergone third-party validation of the ASI Performance Standard within in the last three years, ICMM will recognise this validation so assets do not need to repeat the validation for those requirements deemed equivalent in this table, for which the asset has already demonstrated conformance under the ASI Performance Standard.

If the PE is ‘Partially Met’ by the ASI Performance Standard requirements, the highlighted text and notes in the ICMM’s Mining Principles-Centric Benchmark table will say what additional evidence companies need to provide to meet the PE.

 

Why are there differences between ASI / other standards and ICMM?

  • The other standard owners and ICMM are distinct organisations with different memberships, mandates and governance structures.
  • The drivers behind how and why each standard was developed are similar, but not exactly the same. Each will have conducted extensive consultations during their development phases, and reflect differences in terms of what was deemed a priority to their respective stakeholders.
  • Standards that are commodity or geography specific are likely to emphasise particular environmental, social or governance issues over others. Given the diversity of ICMM’s membership, the Mining Principles are designed to apply across commodities and geographies.

 

Why did ASI rate ‘Partially Meets’ on certain ICMM PEs?

  • ICMM wanted specific language and references to be included in the ASI Performance Standard requirement (not in the Guidance, where it is mentioned) in order to be equivalent. This was the case for all PEs where ASI rated ‘Partially Meets.’
  • Gaps have been logged as part of the ASI Standards Revision process that takes place between 2020-2022.
  • ASI will carry out a benchmarking process on how the ICMM Mining Principles align with or differ from the ASI Performance Standard once the ASI Standards Revision Process has been completed in Q1 2022. This is to prevent duplication of work.
  • While ASI did not always agree with all points and ratings made, we accept the recognition and the importance of the process more broadly. ASI looks forward to continuing working  with ICMM on equivalency as our standards evolve over time.

About Responsible Minerals Initiative – Risk Readiness Assessment (RRA)

Founded in 2008 by members of the Responsible Business Alliance (RBA) and the Global e-Sustainability Initiative, the Responsible Minerals Initiative offers resources for companies from a range of industries addressing responsible mineral sourcing issues in their supply chains.

More than 380 companies and associations from 10 industries participate in the RMI today, and RMI regularly collaborates with other complementary programs and initiatives in this area.  In 2018, RBA and ASI have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to collaborate on supporting responsible sourcing practices and ongoing improvement in the environmental, social and governance performance of their respective members and/or supply chain partners.

One of the tools that RMI has developed is the Risk Readiness Assessment (RRA); a voluntary self-assessment and self-reporting tool for minerals and metals producers and processors to communicate their environmental, social and governance practices and performance. Its main objective is to promote a common understanding of good practices and a means to consistently assess risks and actions to manage risks in the mineral supply chain.

The RRA is comprised of a set of 32 environmental, social and governance (ESG) ‘issue areas’ associated with sourcing minerals and metals. For each issue area, the RRA specifies a management practice. These management practices are known as the ‘industry norm’ and are derived from the requirements of voluntary sustainability standards that are commonly used in the minerals and metals supply chains and are representative of good management practices.

How it works

In 2019, RMI and ASI conducted a comprehensive equivalency process to understand how the ASI Performance Standard meet some of all of the RRA Industry Norms.  Following the equivalency process, ASI was included in the RRA Online Platform as a Recognised Voluntary Standard System (VSS).

This document shows the results of the RMI-ASI equivalency function within the RMI RRA Online Platform, as well as other Voluntary Standard Systems.

This equivalency will support sites who are already certified against the ASI Performance Standard in completing the RRA self-assessment tool, and encourages harmonisation, equivalencies and cross-recognition of standards, and avoiding audit fatigue where possible.

This document shows the results of the RMI-ASI equivalency function within the RMI RRA Online Platform, as well as other Voluntary Standard Systems.

This equivalency will support sites who are already certified against the ASI Performance Standard in completing the RRA self-assessment tool, and encourages harmonisation, equivalencies and cross-recognition of standards, and avoiding audit fatigue where possible.

To learn more about the RRA methodology and industry norms, please view:

The RRA is regularly reviewed to ensure the voluntary sustainability standards, issue areas and norms used for the Standards Comparison are up to date and representative of the current landscape in the mineral supply chains.

For details, consult the RRA Review Process.

Sustainability Standard Databases

About ITC Standards Map

The International Trade Centre (ITC)’s Standards Map provides comprehensive, verified and transparent information on standards for environmental protection, worker and labour rights, economic development, quality and food safety, as well as business ethics. More than 300 sustainability standards are included in the Standards Map.

It enables users to review and analyse various’ standards requirements and processes, access step-by-step guidance on how to comply with requirements, and do a self-assessment against any of sustainability standards included in the Standards Map.

ASI’s Performance Standard was included in the ITC Standards Map in December 2020.

 

In progress

About Global Battery Alliance – Child Labour Index

The Battery Passport is a digital passport launched by the Global Battery Alliance (GBA) that will show consumers that an EV battery is made safely, is environmentally sustainable and doesn’t violate human rights.  Actors all along the supply chain will input independently verified or verifiable information into a digital wallet, which will then be assessed against strict environmental, social and governance rules. One of these rulebooks is the Child Labour Index (CLI).

The ASI Performance Standard and Guidance V3 (Criterion 10.2 – Child Labour) will be benchmarked by Levin Sources (on behalf of GBA) in the second half of 2022 against the provisions of the Child Labour Index to understand ASI’s equivalency to the CLI. Recognition of ASI in other indices developed by the GBA may follow in the future.

About LME Responsible Sourcing requirements

The 2022 ASI Performance Standard and Guidance have been aligned with the OECD Due Diligence Guidance to meet LME Responsible Sourcing requirements. 

In order to become a Track A Standard for the LME rules, ASI is undergoing the OECD Alignment Assessment with TDi Sustainability between 2021 and 2023. ASI is on track to achieve ‘conditional alignment’ in Q3 2022 and ‘full alignment’ in Q4 2023.

Pending the outcome of the alignment assessment, LME Brands that achieve ASI Certification against the 2022 Performance Standard will automatically meet LME’s Responsible Sourcing rules.

About LME’s ISO 14001 and ISO 45001 requirements

Relevant ASI Performance Standard criteria are currently in process to be recognised as an alternative programme to meet the LME’s ISO 14001 and ISO 45001 requirements under the LME Responsible Sourcing rules.

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