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21 February 2023

Mineração Rio do Norte (MRN) has achieved ASI Chain of Custody (CoC) Standard V1 (2017) Certification for the planning, mining, transport, processing, river shipment of Bauxite and power generation at the MRN facility in Porto Trombetas, Brazil. The facility achieved ASI Performance Standard V2 (2017) Certification in January 2022.

Aluminium Stewardship Initiative (ASI) today announced that MRN has been successfully certified against the ASI CoC Standard at its facility in Porto Trombetas, Brazil. The company is the largest Brazilian producer and exporter of bauxite with an annual production of over 12 million tons per year.

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 audit of the MRN Porto Trombetas operation was carried out by Bureau Veritas Certification.

“We congratulate MRN on achieving ASI CoC Standard Certification for its Porto Trombetas facility. Aluminium from primary sources is part of the mix to meet growing downstream demand for aluminium, and this starts at the bauxite mine. MRN’s dual certification shows its commitment to the ongoing process of implementing and improving responsible production practices, and connecting to ASI’s chain of custody model for responsible sourcing.”

– Fiona Solomon, Chief Executive Officer at ASI

For Guido Germani, CEO at MRN, getting certified means that the company continues to follow the market and society’s transformations, besides the basic aspects of sustainable development in the Amazon Rainforest.

“We are in continuous search for the best socio-environmental practices. The care we provide to the company also extends to the environment and to people, including our employees and the surrounding communities. The certification is the result of this daily commitment.”

– Guido Germani, CEO at MRN

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