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Driving Change

Human rights

Drive local action, capacity building and supply chain due diligence to respect human rights.

ASI Certification

ASI Performance Standard V3 (2022) promotes respect for human rights, including Indigenous Peoples’, women’s and labour rights, and due diligence in accordance with the UN Guiding Principles and the OECD Due Diligence Guidance.

Key elements

  • Human rights impact assessments for new projects and major changes to existing projects
  • Human rights due diligence processes in accordance with the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights
  • Women’s empowerment and gender equity
  • Respect for the rights and interests of Indigenous Peoples, consistent with international standards, including ILO Convention 169 and UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples
  • Free Prior Informed Consent (FPIC) by Indigenous Peoples for new projects and major changes to existing projects on their lands and territories
  • Avoidance or remedy of impacts on cultural and sacred heritage
  • Avoidance of displacement (physical and economic), and, where unavoidable, in accordance with IFC Performance Standard 5 (Land Acquisition and Involuntary Resettlement)
  • Local community engagement and development
  • Alignment with the OECD Due Diligence Guidance of Minerals from Conflict-Affected and High-Risk Areas
  • Respect for human rights by security providers
  • ILO core rights at work – freedom of association and right to collective bargaining, child labour, forced labour and non-discrimination
  • General worker rights, engagement and communication, including on remuneration, working time, discipline
  • Occupational health and safety (OH&S) management in line with international standards, and with worker engagement
  • The ASI Chain of Custody Standard provides a mechanism to support responsible sourcing

Beyond certification

  • The ASI Indigenous Peoples Advisory Forum (IPAF) is a communications and engagement platform between representatives of Indigenous Peoples and ASI. It supports participation in the Standards Committee and Working Groups, engagement with the ASI Board, engagement with the ASI Complaints Mechanism, and – most importantly – engagement with each other.
  • ASI is supporting Indigenous-led workshops on bauxite exploration and mining. Starting in northern Australia, the first pilot workshop was held in late 2021.  More workshops are planned for 2022-2023.
  • In 2021, ASI partnered with the University of the Sunshine Coast on a case study of Gulkula Mining, an Indigenous mine pioneering sustainability in the aluminium supply chain.
  • ASI has provided technical support and capacity building for IPAF members to receive project grants from external foundations for work with their communities.


Meet ASI members

“NomoGaia has worked for nearly a decade at various points in the value chain of mining and metals-linked consumer goods. We are proud to join ASI as a Civil Society member and look forward to working with industry and other partners towards respect for human rights and sustainability.”

— Dr. Kendyl Salcito, Executive Director, NomoGaia




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