Our commitment to collaboration

ASI works closely with a range of organisations to advance our collective goals.  There is value for all stakeholders in identifying opportunities for inter-operability and harmonisation in mineral and metal initiatives, responsible sourcing approaches and downstream sector programs.

ASI aims to embrace collaborative activities across each of these three areas to address common issues and risks, where aligned with our annual work program and capacity.  The overarching goal is to help drive, strengthen or extend positive impact of ASI and our partners.

Our harmonisation and collaboration activities include:

  • Collaborating on thematic guidance development
  • Participating in program or project advisory groups and workshops
  • Contributing to cross-initiative benchmarking and harmonisation
  • Collaborating on data collection and analysis
  • Peer support on standards development and assurance
  • Providing advice on governance to emerging programs
  • Supporting research on outcomes and impacts
  • Partnering on training and capacity building
  • Cross-sector learning through membership of the ISEAL Alliance

Current collaborations

Association for Professional Social Compliance Auditors (APSCA)

• 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.

CEWASTE

• 2019 to present

The project CEWASTE aims to contribute to an improved recovery of critical raw materials (CRMs) from key types of waste through traceable and sustainable treatment processes in the entire supply chain of secondary raw materials.  Funded under the EU Horizons 2020 program, it is framed within the EU action plan for the Circular Economy.

ASI is a member of the CEWASTE Advisory Board.

Equitable Origin - Free, Prior and Informed Consent (ISEAL Innovations Fund Project)

• September 2019 – September 2020 (Phase 2)

ASI is a member of the multi-stakeholder Community of Practice during phase 2 of the ISEAL Innoviations Fund Project ‘FPIC -360°: Collaborative Monitoring and verification of Free Prior and Informed Consent (FPIC).’ FPIC-360° is a prototype tool to aid the collaborative monitoring and verification of Free, Prior and Informed Consent among voluntary standards and International Finance Institutions. Equitable Origin, in collaboration with its project partners, COICA (the Coordinating Organization of Indigenous Peoples of the Amazon Basin) and the Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials, aims to refine the monitoring and verification framework developed in the first phase of this project, which resulted in an Excel prototype.

European Aluminium

• 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.

Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ)

• 2017 to present

ASI enjoys ongoing co-operation and exchange in this partnership with GIZ as part of their Extractives for Development program (X4D).  To date, GIZ has supported participation in ASI’s Indigenous Peoples Advisory Forum, a research study on the involvement of Indigenous Peoples in the governance of voluntary standards in the natural resources and extractives sectors, and participation of Indigenous Community representatives at ASI’s AGM Week and also at a GIZ Workshop in Germany in 2018.

International Aluminium Institute (IAI)

• 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.

The collaboration is expected to enhance efficiencies for both organisations and their respective members by supporting common approaches where relevant, and pooling collective experience and knowledge.

ISO / PC 308 – Chain of Custody

• 2018 to present

ASI has been established as an A-Liaison Organisation in this ISO process to establish a multi-sector, globally applicable standard that aims to provide unambiguous definitions of different chain of custody models and the corresponding requirements, which are independent of sectors, raw materials, products, and issues addressed.

Responsible Business Alliance (RBA)

• 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.

Tropical Forests and People Research Centre, University of the Sunshine Coast

2016 – 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 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.

Previous collaborations

Equitable Origin - Free, Prior and Informed Consent (ISEAL Innovations Fund Project)

• 2017-2018 (Phase 1)

ASI participated in a multi-stakeholder Working Group (WG) to provide input on and participate in Equitable Origin’s work supported by the ISEAL Innovation Fund to advance the concept of Free Prior and Informed Consent among voluntary standard. Equitable Origin in collaboration with its project partners, COICA (the Coordinating Organization of Indigenous Peoples of the Amazon Basin) and the Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials, aimed to produce a practical guidance for FPIC, developed in partnership with Indigenous Peoples and used by standard-setting bodies and assurance providers.

ISO IWA 19:2017 Guidance principles for the sustainable management of secondary metals

• 2015-2017

World Resources Forum convened an ISO workshop process to develop IWA 19:2017, which aims to provide a global framework for the sustainable management of secondary metals. The framework includes sustainability and traceability requirements for metals recovered.  IWA 19:2017 guides economic operators of secondary metals value chains, including those engaged in the informal sector, in the efficient and credible implementation of improved recycling practices, in particular in emerging and developing economies.

ASI was a member of the Advisory Committee.