ASI’s Ongoing Benchmarking and Harmonisation Activities
Benchmarking and harmonisation activities are increasingly relevant in the context of proliferating standards, supply chain initiatives and proposed and existing due diligence regulations.
24 February 2023
Partnership activities play a key role in ASI’s 2023 Strategy and Theory of Change. One area of ASI’s partnerships work includes benchmarking and harmonisation with external Standards and Schemes. Benchmarking and harmonisation activities are increasingly relevant in the context of proliferating standards, supply chain initiatives and proposed and existing due diligence regulations.
ASI recognises relevant external Standards and Certification Schemes wherever possible and appropriate, in order to enhance collaboration, reduce unnecessary duplication, and inform ASI’s learning and continual improvement. In order for external Standards or Schemes to be recognised by ASI, they must meet performance requirements (standard requirements and guidance) as well as operational system requirements that support standards’ uptake (assurance, governance and claims). The details of these requirements are explained in the ASI Standards Benchmarking and Recognition Procedure.
Standards that are currently recognised by ASI include:
- ISO 14001: 2015 – Environmental Management Systems
- ISO 45001: 2018 – Occupational Health and Safety Management Systems
- ISO 37001: 2016 – Anti-Bribery Management Systems
- ISO 21930: 2017 – Sustainability in Buildings and Civil Engineering Work
- ISO 14044: 2006 – Environmental Management: Lifecycle Assessment
- EN 15804: Environmental Product Declaration
ASI also seeks to be recognised by external Standards and Schemes to increase uptake of ASI membership and certification, particularly by Entities engaged in activities beyond the aluminium value chain. This in turn has the potential to improve responsible production, sourcing and material stewardship of aluminium, as per ASI’s mission. External Standards that have recognised ASI include BREEAM, GBCA and LEED in the green building sector, and ICMM and the Responsible Minerals Initiative (RMI) in the mining and metals sector, amongst others.
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