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7 May 2023

Aluminium Bahrain (Alba) has achieved ASI Chain of Custody (CoC) Standard V2 (2022) Certification at the Alba Calciner and Alba Smelter in Bahrain. This is the first certification for an Entity in the Middle East against the updated CoC Standard V2, which was launched in May 2022 following a multi-year revision process. Alba achieved ASI Performance Standard V2 Certification in January 2020.

Aluminium Stewardship Initiative (ASI) today announced that Aluminium Bahrain has been successfully certified against the ASI CoC Standard V2 (2022) for the production and marketing of primary aluminium from alumina, calcinations of petroleum coke, water desalination, anode manufacturing, smelting, casting and captive power generation at the Alba Calciner and Alba Smelter in Bahrain. Alba is one of the largest smelters in the world and currently produces over 1.56 million tonnes of primary aluminium per annum. 

The ASI CoC Standard V2 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 CoC Standard also confirms that appropriate policies and due diligence process are in place to identify and address critical issues, such as corruption, human rights abuses, materials originating from conflict-affected and high-risk areas in the supply chain and support responsible sourcing.

The independent, third-party audit of the two Alba facilities was carried out by DNV Business Assurance Services UK Ltd.

“We congratulate Alba on achieving certification against the new ASI CoC Standard V2 at its calciner and smelter in Bahrain. Due diligence on upstream material sourcing helps to mitigate social and environmental risks in supply chains. ASI’s Chain of Custody Standard provides a roadmap to support companies on implementing responsible sourcing and other practices that can increase transparency, improve compliance, and help identify and address associated upstream risks.”

– Fiona Solomon, Chief Executive Officer at ASI

“Sustainable development is not a destination, but rather a journey that is supported by the six strategic priorities under the Company’s ESG Roadmap. Achieving ASI’s Chain of Custody certification underlines our commitment to go beyond Corporate Social Responsibility and transform the way we conduct our business through responsible sourcing and sustainable production.”

– Ali Al Baqali, Alba’s Chief Executive Officer

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