Standards for the aluminium value chain
ASI is developing standards for international application by the aluminium value chain to:
- enable the aluminium industry to demonstrate responsibility and provide independent and credible assurance of performance;
- reinforce and promote consumer and stakeholder confidence in aluminium products;
- reduce reputational risks concerning aluminium and aluminium industry players; and
- address the expressed needs by downstream industrial users and consumers for responsible sourcing of aluminium.
ASI’s standards are designed to be applicable to all stages of aluminium production and transformation, specifically: bauxite mining, alumina refining, primary aluminium production, semi-fabrication (rolling, extrusion, forging and foundry), material conversion, and refining and re-melting of recycled scrap, as well as material stewardship criteria relevant to downstream users of aluminium.
Two standards will form the core of the ASI Certification program:
- ASI Performance Standard (Principles and Criteria launched December 2014)
- ASI Chain of Custody Standard
The ASI Assurance model – how the standards will be audited and certification granted – is also under development in 2015-16.