2018 activities

In 2018, ASI will continue to work on key topics via Working Groups, the Standards Committee and the Indigenous Peoples Advisory Forum.  A summary of planned activities is in the table below.  If you are interested to know more or become involved, please contact info@aluminium-stewardship.org

TopicGroupDescription
Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E)Standards Committee- Finalise the ASI Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) Plan in preparation for ISEAL membership.
Indigenous peoplesIPAF- Development of 2018 in-person meeting and future workplan, including additional guidance development, studies, and identification of issues related to Indigenous Peoples for next major revision of the Standard.
Standards Benchmarking and HarmonisationExisting Working Group- Expansion of the recognised external certification standards and parallel initiatives for harmonisation as these come on line such as ISO 45001 for OHS Management Systems, the Responsible Steel standard and the Initiative for Responsible Mining Assurance (IRMA).
Recycling and Material StewardshipExisting Working Group- Guidance and direction to assist integration of SME recyclers and shredders/dismantlers
- Provide general guidance on good industry practice for collection, segregation and recycling initiatives
Greenhouse GasExisting Working Group- Address the implications of the COP21 agreement to review what a 1.5 degree and 2 degree GHG emissions trajectory would look like for the aluminium sector. Guidance and methodologies to support Entities throughout the supply chain establish context based and meaningful GHG reduction targets, based on scientific rationale.
Environmental ImpactsExisting Working Group- Guidance and methodologies to help Entities to establish context based and meaningful targets to reduce air, water and waste emissions and to improve air, water quality based on supply chain activities
Human RightsNew Working Group in 2018- Development of additional guidance/training on Human Rights due diligence.
- Review the Human Rights criteria for areas that may require enhancement (e.g. Migrant Workers) in preparation for the next major revision of the Performance Standard.
Biodiversity and Ecosystem ServicesNew Working Group in 2018Review the Biodiversity criteria in the areas of ecosystem services and no-go areas, and others as identified, in preparation for a revision of the Performance Standard.

ASI’s Standards Setting Procedure outlines the process ASI uses for the development, approval, publication and revision of ASI Standards. The procedure applies to the development of new and revision of existing ASI Standards and is aligned with the ISEAL Codes of Good Practice.

Future plans

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.