2019-2021 Activities

ASI’s Certification Program is a strong focus of our day-to-day work.  ASI continues to work on key sustainability and implementation topics via Working Groups, the Standards Committee, the Indigenous Peoples Advisory Forum and within the Secretariat.

During 2020-2021, ASI will be undertaking a formal revision of its Performance and Chain of Custody Standards and supporting documents (Standards Guidance for each, Assurance Handbook and Claims Guide).

If you have any questions about how to get involved, please contact info@aluminium-stewardship.org

Organisational level

Plans for 2020:

  • Develop a Public Dashboard from elementAl, ASI’s online assurance platform to enable stakeholder access to live data relating to ASI Certifications.

2019 Plan: Finalise the Monitoring and Evaluation plan with identified stakeholders, develop indicator protocols, and begin analyzing data to enable public reporting against key indicators.
What we accomplished: In April 2019, the ASI Monitoring and Evaluation Plan was published and an Outcomes Dashboard launched, both available on the ASI outcomes and impacts page.  Further work on indicator protocols continues.

2018 Plan: Develop the ASI Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) Plan in preparation for ISEAL membership.
What we accomplished: ASI worked with the Committee on the draft M&E Plan, issued an updated Theory of Change in mid-2018 and successfully achieved ISEAL Associate Membership in December.

Plans for 2020:

  • Hold the annual in-person IPAF meeting in Australia in June 2020, and continue to develop project ideas and engagement for IPAF countries.

2019 Plan: In-person IPAF meeting in Ranchi, India in February 2019, along with local training for participants from a number of communities; Development of a research project on FPIC for post-mining landscapes.
What we accomplished: We held a successful IPAF meeting in India in February and convened local training for 32 participants from 3 states and published a report. A research proposal was developed and submitted for funding consideration.

2018 Plan: 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.
What we accomplished: ASI successfully held its 2018 meeting in Suriname, and participants for the Standards Committee and key ASI Working Groups identified.  GIZ supported the participation of 2 IPAF participants at a workshop on standards programs in Berlin, where research on ASI’s governance model with IPAF was presented positively.

Plans for 2020:

  • Continue to add features to the elementAl to support integrated oversight of certification workflows.

Plans for 2019: Add features to the Secretariat Dashboard to support integrated oversight of certification workflows; Continue to refine functionalities in the Member and Auditor Dashboards.
What we accomplished: We continued to expand and refine a range of functionalities in the Member and Auditor Dashboards to support the various approaches to ASI Certifications.

2018 Achievements: Completed all key functionalities for Member and Auditor Dashboards; Implemented a range of improvements in response to user feedback

Plans for 2020:

  • Review and align educationAl tools and migrate feedback mechanisms to online surveys.

2019 Plan: Migrate educationAl to a dedicated learning platform (Thinkific) to support an improved learning journey for users; Introduce online proctoring for auditor competence assessments.
What we accomplished: We migrated educationAl to a dedicated learning platform (Thinkific) to support an improved learning journey for users, and introduced online proctoring for auditor competence assessments.

2018 Plan: Build up a body of webinars to inform stakeholders and auditors about the ASI Standards; Implement an in-person training program to train members, auditors and stakeholders during an in-depth 1-day session.
What we accomplished: educationAl platform has 18 webinars/video interviews offering core knowledge and insights into specific issues as well as first-person experiences on the ASI Standards and its implementation; over 100 persons were trained at in-person sessions in 8 locations world-wide.

Working Groups

Plans for 2019:

  • Identify relevant management standards and performance standards as potential candidates for harmonisation and cross-recognition
  • Conduct a benchmark assessment to compare ASI Standards with the identified standards.
  • Review the table of cross-recognition in the Assurance Manual
  • Provide input to the development and/or review of external standards and other certification schemes

Plans for 2019:

  • Continue with the development of guidance for small businesses including guidance to assist integration of SME’s including due diligence requirements for responsible sourcing.
  • Review the criteria for areas that may require enhancement in preparation for the next major revision of the Performance Standard in 2020.

Plans for 2019:

  • Progress the study to address implications of the COP21 agreement for the aluminium sector.
  • Guidance and methodologies to support Entities throughout the supply chain to establish context based and meaningful GHG reduction targets, based on scientific rationale.
  • Review the criteria for areas that may require enhancement in preparation for the next major revision of the Performance Standard in 2020.

Plans for 2019:

  • Discuss and recommend guidance to support the implementation of the ASI Chain of Custody Standard
  • Review how the scope of the Chain of Custody Standard could be practically applied to commodity traders as well as scrap collectors
  • Review ongoing benefits and limitations for ASI Market Credits system
  • Suggest recommended changes to the Chain of Custody Standard and related guidance, for the 2020 revision cycle

Plans for 2019:

  • Development of additional guidance on Human Rights due diligence.
  • Review the existing current Standard Criterion for opportunities where legacy issues can be addressed.
  • Review the Human Rights criteria for areas that may require enhancement (e.g. Migrant Workers, gender) in preparation for the next major revision of the Performance Standard in 2020.

Plans for 2019:

  • Continue the work for the integration of ecosystem services and revision of the protected areas criteria in preparation for the next major revision of the Performance Standard in 2020.

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. The next planned review of the procedure is in October 2022, or earlier if required: if you have any comments or suggestions for the next review, please contact info@aluminium-stewardship.org.

ASI has developed System Reports on the ISEAL Codes as part of its membership application, which aim to provide an overview of our approach for interested stakeholders.  You can download them here for more information: