ASI Performance Standard
Introduction to the Performance Standard
The ASI Performance Standard: Principles and Criteria (Version 1) were launched in December 2014. It was developed with a multi-stakeholder Standard Setting Group, comprised of interested parties with a broad representation of interests in the key issues addressed by the standard. The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) acted as coordinator of the standard-setting process.
The Performance Standard is grouped into three main sections: governance, environment and social.
Governance: Business Integrity; Policy and Management; Transparency; Material Stewardship
Environment: Greenhouse Gas Emissions, Emissions, Effluents and Waste; Water; Biodiversity
Social: Human Rights; Labour Rights; Occupational Health and Safety
Consultation on Version 2
The current approved ASI Performance Standard (Version 1) was published in December 2014. It was developed with a multi-stakeholder Standard Setting Group, comprised of interested parties with a broad representation of interests in the key issues addressed by the standard. The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) acted as coordinator of the standard-setting process.
A draft of the ASI Performance Standard Version 2 has been developed with the ASI Standards Committee and includes minor updates to integrate the ASI Performance Standard into the broader ASI certification program and the pilot phase.
The consultation draft of Version 2 of the ASI Performance Standard starting on May 5, 2017 proposes non-substantive changes that do not involve major changes to the content or performance requirements specified in the Standard.
ASI Standards 2017 Consultation Plan
ASI is holding a 60-day consultation period simultaneously for both the Performance Standard and Chain of Custody (CoC) Standard to enable an integrated review by stakeholders and consideration of comments received, ahead of a planned pilot program. Key dates are:
- ASI Standards – public consultation on latest drafts of Performance Standard and CoC Standard – May-June 2017
- Pilot program – July-September 2017
- Indigenous Peoples Advisory Forum meeting – July 2017
- Standards Committee review of all feedback – September-October 2017
- Adoption of final standards – target November/December 2017.
History of ASI Performance Standard development
The ASI standard-setting process for the ASI Performance Standard, now published in 8 languages, was based on public multi-stakeholder consultations and face-to-face meetings of the ASI Standard Setting Group. It was co-ordinated by IUCN, International Union for the Conservation of Nature and an overview of their role can be found here. More information on the standard setting process and timelines can be found here.
Between 1 February and 29 March 2014, the first public consultation phase was held to obtain feedback on the ASI Performance Standard Draft 0. The comments were compiled and used in the preparation of Draft 1.
From July 14 through 7 September 2014, a public consultation was held for the ASI Performance Standard Draft 1 and the Chain of Custody Standard Draft 1.
The draft documents are presented below, for information purposes.
Consultation on ASI Performance Standard Draft 1
Consultation on Chain of Custody Standard Draft 1
|COC Standard Text||Review Form|
|Draft COC English||Review Form Draft COC English|
Consultation on ASI Performance Standard Draft 0
|Standard Draft0 Text||Review form|
|Draft 0 English (pdf)||Consultation on Draft0 is now closed.|
|Draft 0 Français (pdf)||La period de consultation sur le Draft0 est terminée.|
|Borrador0 Espagñol (pdf)||El período de consulta para el Borrador0 ha terminado|
Note: IUCN and the other participating organizations do not take any responsibility for errors or omissions occurring in the translation into other languages of Draft1 whose original version is in English.