ASI certifies Companhia Brasileira de Alumínio against ASI Performance Standard and Chain of Custody Standard from mine to downstream
Companhia Brasileira de Alumínio (CBA) has successfully achieved Certification to the ASI Performance Standard and Chain of Custody Standard for several of its facilities in Brazil, including the largest integrated plant worldwide. The ASI Certifications include three bauxite mines in the state of Minas Gerais; an alumina refinery, a smelter and associated potlines, casthouses, anode production, SPL treatment plant and downstream productions, as well as the CBA headquarters, all in the state of São Paolo.
Aluminium Stewardship Initiative (ASI) today announced that CBA has successfully achieved Certification to the ASI Performance Standard and Chain of Custody Standard for three bauxite mines, an alumina refinery, a smelter and associated potlines, casthouses, anode production, SPL treatment plant and downstream productions, and the CBA headquarters. The downstream activities at the São Paolo operations include sheet and foil production as well as profile extrusion, which are destined for use in diverse sectors including packaging and automotive. Taken together, the facilities in São Paolo state make up the world’s largest integrated aluminium production plant.
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 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 independent, third-party audit of CBA was carried out by DNV GL.
Fiona Solomon, Chief Executive Officer at ASI said “Warm congratulations to CBA on their dual certification of such an extensive scope of operations in the aluminium value chain, running from mine through to downstream activities. They are also to be congratulated for being the first ASI Certified member headquartered in South America, underscoring ASI’s global approach. These certifications enable CBA to be the fifth vertically integrated ASI member to produce ASI Certified Aluminium and is a major boost to the supply of responsibly produced aluminium for the automotive and packaging sectors.”
“Accomplishing this certification seals our commitment to sustainability and places us at a greater competitive standing in the global aluminum market, bringing higher value to our customers, suppliers and the communities where we are present”, says Ricardo Carvalho, CEO for CBA. For him, the company’s differential lies in the number of units and products that were certified within the Performance and Chain of Custody Standards. ” We are the first company in Brazil to have achieved certification to both ASI Standards and among the first aluminum producers in the world to have our mining operations and fully-embodied industrial plant certified”, he points out.