ASI is committed to harmonisation, collaboration and engagement with related schemes and initiatives. We are working with or alongside a range of stakeholder groups in sectors and areas including secondary metals, supply chain due diligence, responsible sourcing schemes and other commodity initiatives. By working together, we aim to leverage a greater collective ability to achieve broader policy objectives and develop standards programs that can address current and emerging challenges.
The ASI assurance model also seeks to harmonise with other standards and initiatives wherever possible and appropriate, in order to reduce unnecessary duplication. The ASI Benchmarking and Harmonisation Working Group works to identify related external schemes in operation which share issues and objectives with ASI Standards that can be recognised in the ASI Assurance Manual. Requests for evaluation of other relevant external schemes not yet assessed should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org
ASI anticipates launching the first certification program for an industrial metal – aluminium – which covers the whole value chain, by the end of 2017. ASI is laser-focused on delivering this objective for the benefit of its diverse multi-stakeholder membership and future users of the program.
Aluminium is one of many elements on the periodic table, and aluminium itself is commonly alloyed with a range of other metals. Downstream users of metals rarely deal in single-metal products. There are both common and divergent issues and risks across different commodity supply chains.
ASI acknowledges that there are increasing calls from a range of stakeholders to look for inter-operability and harmonisation for a wider range of metal and mineral commodities. Assuming this demand continues, in the medium to longer term, ASI will aim to work with stakeholders to help drive or support the development of an overarching standards program that covers multiple metals. The goal would be to help extend the anticipated positive impact of programs like ASI.