How we work with others

ASI aims to be collaborative in its approach and works with a range of organisations to advance our goals. This page provides an overview of our current and previous engagement and harmonisation activities and will be updated regularly.

Current collaborations

Association for Professional Social Compliance Auditors (APSCA)

• 2017 to present

ASI works collaboratively with APSCA 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.

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 (MoU) 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)

• 2019 to present

RBA have formally agreed to ‘Areas of Collaboration’ so as to support responsible sourcing practices and ongoing improvement in the environmental, social and governance performance of their respective members and/or supply chain partners.  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.

Through a Memorandum of Understanding, 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.

Previous collaborations

Equitable Origin – ISEAL Project

• 2017-2018

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 standards. 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 that is developed in partnership with Indigenous Peoples and can be 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.