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5 June 2024

CHINALCO-SWA CO., Ltd. has achieved ASI Performance Standard V3 (2022) and Chain of Custody (CoC) Standard V2 (2022) Certification for the production of aluminium plates and strips at its facility in Xipeng, Jiulongpo District, Chongqing, China.

Aluminium Stewardship Initiative (ASI) today announced that CHINALCO-SWA CO., Ltd. has been certified against the ASI Performance Standard V3 and Chain of Custody V2 (2022). The facility has an annual production capacity of more than 400,000 tonnes. The facility’s products service a variety of industries including packaging, electronics, construction and transportation.

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 V3 and ASI CoC Standard V2 were launched in May 2022 following a multi-year revision process.

The ASI Performance Standard defines 11 principles and 62 criteria under three sustainability pillars – Environment, Social, and Governance – with the aim to address pressing sustainability issues in the aluminium value chain, such as biodiversity, Indigenous Peoples rights, circularity, 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 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 audits of the CHINALCO-SWA CO., Ltd. facility were carried out by Bureau Veritas Certification. A full listing of audit findings outlining evidence of conformances and minor non-conformances is available from page 5 in each of the summary audit reports, linked below. Nine minor non-conformances were noted during the Performance Standard Certification audit, under Criteria 1.1 Legal Compliance, 2.4a-e Responsible Sourcing, 3.1a-b Sustainability Reporting, 4.1a Environmental Life Cycle Assessment, 4.4d Collection and Recycling of Products at End of Life, 5.1a-b Disclosure of GHG Emissions and Energy Use, 5.3a-e GHG Emissions Reduction Plans, 9.1a-d Human Rights Due Diligence, 11.1a Occupational Health and Safety (OH&S) Management System. Two minor non-conformances were identified during the Chain of Custody Certification audit under Criteria 1.5 Communications and Training and 10.3 Verification of Supplier’s ASI CoC Certification. During the Certification Periods, CHINALCO-SWA CO., Ltd. will be implementing a corrective action plan, which will be verified in follow-up audits.

“We congratulate CHINALCO-SWA CO., Ltd. on achieving dual ASI Certifications at their production facility. With criteria spanning a broad range of environmental, social, and governance issues, the ASI Certifications serve as an important benchmark of the company’s responsible production and sourcing practices, while providing a structure for making and monitoring improvement over time.”

– Fiona Solomon, Chief Executive Officer at ASI

“CHINALCO-SWA CO.,LTD successfully obtained the double certification of ASI Performance Standard V3 and Chain of Custody (CoC) standard V2, marking an important milestone in the development of the enterprise and reflects the responsible procurement and production of CHINALCO-SWA. As a member of ASI, CHINALCO-SWA strives to implement its long-term commitment to sustainable development, improve corporate governance and promote responsible procurement and production. We will continue to pursue scientific and technological innovation, fulfill our corporate responsibilities, reduce carbon emissions from the entire production chain, achieve high-quality and sustainable development, and play a leading role in promoting the sustainability of the global aluminum value chain.”

– Li Wang, General Manager of CHINALCO-SWA CO., Ltd.

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