Gulkula Mining Company has achieved ASI Performance Standard provisional certification at its bauxite mine operation on the traditional lands of the Yolngu people in East Arnhem in Australia’s Northern Territory. Gulkula is the first Indigenous owned and operated bauxite mine to achieve ASI Certification.
Aluminium Stewardship Initiative (ASI) today announced that Gulkula Mining Company has been successfully certified against the ASI Performance Standard with a provisional status. Commencing operations in 2017, Gulkula today delivers all stages of the bauxite mining process. Yolngu participation across all stages of the mining process is important for the capability development of Gulkula, from drilling and testing through to mine rehabilitation that brings the land back to its original landscape and to the requirements of its Traditional Owners.
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 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 independent, third-party audits of Gulkula’s bauxite mine was carried out by DNV GL.
Fiona Solomon, Chief Executive Officer at ASI said “ASI warmly congratulates Gulkula Mining Company on their ASI Performance Standard Certification with provisional status. We take great pleasure in seeing this mining facility operated by the Yolngu – the Traditional Owners – demonstrate that it can sit proudly among internationally run operations with respect to its sustainability approach. The provisional status shows that the company is well on its way to achieving a full certification in the very near future.”
On behalf of the Gulkula team, Ken Kahler, Manager of Gulkula, said “We at Gulkula are proud to have achieved the esteemed ASI (provisional) certification. We are working towards full certification so we can confidently proclaim to the world that we are on par with many of the aluminium industry’s bigger players. This will also help assure our clients of the integrity of our operations. We believe that our achievement of this certification is a stepping stone towards expanding our horizons, and will enhance the prosperity of the Yolngu for current and future generations.”