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

CRU Group

• 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

ISO / PC 308 – Chain of Custody

• 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.

London Metal Exchange (LME)

• 2020 – 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.

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.

Science-Based Target Initiative – Net Zero Standard

• 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.

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 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.

Previous collaborations

CEWASTE

CEWASTE was a 2.5 year project between November 2018 – April 2021 funded by European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation program. It developed a voluntary certification scheme for waste treatment. Specifically, the project created, validated and launched the scheme for collection, transport and treatment facilities of key types of waste containing significant amounts of valuable and critical raw materials such as waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) and batteries.

ASI was a member of the CEWASTE Advisory Board.

Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ)

ASI co-operated with GIZ as part of their Extractives for Development program (X4D). GIZ participated in ASI’s Indigenous Peoples Advisory Forum and conducted a research study on the involvement of Indigenous Peoples in the governance of voluntary standards in the natural resources and extractives sectors.  GIZ also supported participation of Indigenous Community representatives at ASI’s AGM Week and at a GIZ Workshop in Germany in 2018.

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

• 2019 – 2021

ASI was a member of the multi-stakeholder Community of Practice during phase 2 of the ISEAL Innovations 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, aimed to refine the monitoring and verification framework developed in the first phase of this project, which resulted in an Excel prototype.

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.