The BMW Group has successfully achieved ASI Performance Standard – Material Stewardship Certification for its light metal foundry at BMW Group plant Landshut, Germany with a production range that includes engine components as well as structural parts for the car body.
Aluminium Stewardship Initiative (ASI) today announced that BMW Group’s plant in Landshut, Germany has been successfully certified against ASI’s Performance Standard for responsible production, sourcing and stewardship of aluminium with a focus on material stewardship. The facility produces motor components like cylinder heads or crankcases, as well as structural components for the vehicle body such as side members and tailgate frames.
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. ASI Performance Standard certifications focusing on ‘material stewardship’ address issues such as product design, life cycle assessments, management of process scrap and collection and recycling of products at end-of-life. The independent, third-party audit of the BMW Group plant was carried out by Bureau Veritas.
Fiona Solomon, Chief Executive Officer at ASI said “We warmly congratulate BMW, one of ASI’s founding members, on their ASI Certification. The company’s efforts to certify their operations demonstrates the importance of material stewardship practices for the automotive sector in particular, and provides a strong incentive for upstream suppliers to also come on board to ASI’s sustainability-focused program.”
“Sustainability is a key aspect of our corporate strategy. We take our responsibility seriously. Aluminium and other raw materials used by the BMW Group must be extracted and processed under ethically and environmentally responsible conditions,” stated Dr. Andreas Wendt, member of the Board of Management of BMW AG responsible for Purchasing and Supplier Network. “The BMW Group has been supporting the Aluminium Stewardship Initiative from the early beginnings. We truly believe that its certification scheme will enhance transparency, traceability and overall sustainability in our aluminium supply chain.”