ASI Performance Standard

Current version: Version 1 (2014)

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


Download the ASI Performance Standard: Principles and Criteria (Version 1)

ASI Performance Standard and Performance Standard GuidanceDraft version: Version 2 (2017)

A draft of the ASI Performance Standard Version 2 was developed for the 2017 public consultation with the ASI Standards Committee that includes minor updates aimed at integrating it into the broader ASI certification program and the pilot phase. It proposes non-substantive changes that do not involve major changes to the content or performance requirements specified in the Standard Version 1.

Path to launch of the Standard

See the Path to Launch page for more information on the next steps in 2017 toward launching the ASI Standards Program.

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

Draft 1 Text (pdf)Performance Standard Review Form (doc)
Draft 1 English (pdf)Review Form for Draft 1 (doc)
Draft 1 Français (pdf)Formulaire de revision - Français (doc)
Borrador1 – Spanish Version (pdf)Formulario de Revisión – Spanish Version (doc)
Versão preliminar 1 – Portuguese Version (pdf)Formulário de Revisão – Portuguese Version (doc)
ASI表现标准一稿 – Mandarin Chinese Version (pdf)欢迎使用ASI表现标准一稿审阅表 – Mandarin Chinese Version (doc)
Rancangan1 – Bahasa Indonesia Version (pdf)Formulir Ulasan – Bahasa Indonesia Version (doc)

Summary of Comments on ASI Performance Standard Draft 1

Consultation on Chain of Custody Standard Draft 1

COC Standard TextReview Form
Draft COC EnglishReview Form Draft COC English

Summary of Comments on Chain of Custody Draft 1

Consultation on ASI Performance Standard Draft 0

Standard Draft0 TextReview 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

Synopsis of Comments on Draft 0

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.

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ASI Overview
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ASI Chain of Custody Overview
– webinar
– slide presentation

What is Due Diligence?
– webinar
– slide presentation

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