Driving Change

Collaborations

Find out how ASI's collaborative approach supports broader action, alignment and outcomes.



Our commitment to collaboration

ASI works closely with a range of organisations to meet its sustainability objectives and advance our collective goals.  Through ASI’s commitment to collaboration we can drive, strengthen or extend positive impact of ASI and our partners.

Our partnership and collaboration activities include:

  • Carrying out benchmarking and recognition assessments (of ASI, by ASI, and cross-recognition)
  • Collaborating on thematic guidance development
  • Participating in program or project advisory groups, technical committees and workshops
  • Collaborating on data collection and analysis
  • Peer support on standards development and assurance
  • Providing advice on governance and system development to emerging programs
  • Supporting and commissioning research
  • Partnering on training and capacity building
  • Partnering with national/local organisations
  • Cross-sector learning through membership of the ISEAL Alliance

 

Current collaborations

2021 to present

The Center works with financial institutions to help decarbonize high-emitting sectors in the real economy by addressing common barriers to sectoral decarbonization, such as:

  • Conflicting sectoral decarbonization pathways
  • Insufficient data
  • Confusing climate performance methodologies
  • First-mover disadvantage
  • Inadequate supply of investable low-carbon assets

ASI is working to ensure alignment of the Center’s tools (including Entity level emission pathways) with a sectoral 1.5°C pathway and thus the ASI Standards.

2021 to present

CRU Group and ASI have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to work collaboratively for broader sharing of sustainability data, expertise and analytical capacity.

The first output under the MoU is an update to CRU’s new Emissions Analysis Tool that calculates carbon footprint for primary production – currently at an asset level – for Scopes 1 and 2. The Tool’s functionality now integrates ASI Performance Standard and Chain of Custody Standard certification status of bauxite, alumina and aluminium smelting assets. Additional data layers are being considered to be integrated as a next step.

2017 to present

APSCA and ASI work collaboratively on a range of auditor certification matters and team members from both organisations have participated in each other’s reviews and oversight processes of implementation systems.

ASI is a listed APSCA Supporter.

2019 to present

European Aluminium and ASI have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to collaborate on enhancing responsible sourcing practices in the aluminium value chain among all players. Under the MoU, European Aluminium will develop a set of guidance and practical tools to support its members to better define, assess and implement the basis of a Responsible Sourcing Policy, particularly for SMEs, based on the ASI Standards and Guidance. ASI will share its expertise and provide its guidance where needed in order to ensure alignment with the ASI Standards and Guidance, and other relevant initiatives, as appropriate.

European Aluminium is a member of ASI in the Associations membership class.

2016 to present

IAI and ASI have developed a Memorandum of Understanding to underpin collaboration on our efforts to support continuous improvement in the performance of the global aluminium industry and the sustainable use and recycling of its products.  Key areas of focus include sharing measurement, reporting and verification frameworks, selected industry data and issues monitoring capabilities on, among other things, the sector’s greenhouse gas emissions, water and energy use, waste and risk management.

One concrete example of the MoU is that it enables the use of IAI’s global material flow modelling as a basis for visualisation of ASI material flows.  The outcome is a Sankey diagram visualising reported ASI CoC input/output data in the context of IAI’s global demand/supply modelling. ASI collects data and publishes the material flows annually.

Learn more about ASI’s work with IAI on our website.

2021 to present

ASI is participating in the ISO Technical Committee (TC) 308 Chain of Custody, which looks at the  development of new standards for two Chain of Custody models: Mass Balance and Book and Claim. Following the launch of ISO 22095: Chain of Custody in 2020 (in which ASI also participated as a A-Liaison Organisation), the Committee agreed to continue the development of these two additional standards as defined in ISO 22095.

2020 to present

The London Metal Exchange (LME) and the Aluminium Stewardship Initiative (ASI) have developed a Memorandum of Understanding to underpin collaboration on responsible aluminium value chains.

Key areas of focus include the 2020-2021 ASI standards revision in light of LME’s Responsible Sourcing initiative; the potential use of ASI Certification, metrics and audits by LME; ASI monitoring and evaluation projects; and other relationship-strengthening activities that can promote the shared values of both organisations.

2018 to present

RBA and ASI have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to collaborate on supporting responsible sourcing practices and ongoing improvement in the environmental, social and governance performance of their respective members and/or supply chain partners. This includes aligning and where possible cross-recognizing supply chain expectations; promoting the use of existing tools and resources and sharing of data where appropriate.

RBA’s Responsible Minerals Initiative (RMI) was established to address issues in tin, tungsten, tantalum and gold (3TG) supply chains with a focus on due diligence of smelters/refiners. ASI is participating in RMI’s ‘Mining Engagement Team’ which is working to identify and implement practical steps to strengthen linkages, facilitate communication and promote the recognition of responsible practices among mineral supply chain actors across industries and value chains.

2021 to present

The Science Based Targets Initiative (SBTi) is conducting an inclusive, stakeholder-informed process to develop a framework to enable companies to set robust and credible net-zero targets in line with a 1.5°C future. It includes criteria and guidance, which will enable companies to have their targets validated by the SBTi.

As part of this process, the SBTi has convened an Expert Advisory Group (EAG) with balanced representation from stakeholders to provide expert advice and direction throughout the development of the criteria – ASI sits on the EAG.

2016 to present

ASI has worked closely with Mark Annandale at the Tropical Forests and People Research Centre in Australia since 2016 on a number of IPAF-related activities including, the annual meetings, co-ordination of IPAF discussions and information resources, and some research activities. Mark joined ASI as IPAF Advisor to lead the development and activities of IPAF and other ASI projects related to Indigenous Peoples and affected communities connected with the aluminium value chain. Mark is also a member of ASI’s Biodiversity & Ecosystem Services Working Group.

The Centre’s work in forests has strong intersections with the bauxite industry, including a range of major projects on sustainable livelihoods for Indigenous communities. Mark’s expertise lies in practical and participatory approaches to empowering communities, particularly through the development of new commercial opportunities such as community forestry and mine-site rehabilitation.

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