ASI Standards Timeline

2018
July

ASI issues first CoC Certification

ASI issues first CoC Certification

A collection of Rio Tinto operations in Australia and Canada – spanning bauxite mining, alumina refining, aluminium smelting through to casthouses – have been successfully granted ASI’s first Chain of Custody (CoC) Certification.  The announcement of the world’s first ASI CoC Certification means that ASI Aluminium will be available on the market, only six months after the launch of ASI’s voluntary standards program.

April

ASI issues first certifications

ASI issues first certifications

An alumina refinery, five aluminium smelters and associated casting, recycling, waste management and infrastructure facilities in Canada, owned and operated by Rio Tinto, are the first to be certified against ASI’s ground-breaking Performance Standard for environmental, social and governance performance. In addition, Rio Tinto’s bauxite mine in Gove, Australia, is the first mine to receive ASI Performance Standard certification and the second ASI Certification issued.

2017
December

ASI Certification Program launched

Eight years after the first group of aluminium sector stakeholders and industry leaders came together with a common idea, the ASI Performance Standard and Chain of Custody Standard are launched. With all the necessary pieces in place for the system to be operational, certification is set to begin at the start of 2018. Congratulations to everyone involved throughout the development phase on a job well done!

November

First ASI Accredited Auditors announced

First ASI Accredited Auditors announced

ASI has received significant interest on the part of internationally-based CABs and, following careful review and several follow-up queries, has the pleasure to announce that BNQ (Bureau de normalisation du Québec) has become the first ASI accredited auditing firm. Details can be found on the accredited auditors page, which will continually be updated as more CABs are accredited.

August

ASI hits 50 members

ASI hits 50 members

In August, IndustriALL Global Union joined as a Civil Society member, and became ASI’s 50th member overall. IndustriALL had already been involved in the ASI in 2014 as the Performance Standard Version 1 was being formulated and launched. Currently, the ASI has 56 members (December 2017).

July

End of final public consultations on ASI Standards, Guidance and Assurance

End of final public consultations on ASI Standards, Guidance and Assurance

On May 5, ASI started a public consultation period on all its Standards and Guidance, as well as the Assurance Manual and Claims Guide, that ended on July 7, 2017. The consultation was an important phase in the Standards development process and led to many improvements to all the normative documentation. More than 300 comments from 28 respondents were received during the 60-day consultation.

April

Second ASI Annual General Meeting in Montreal, Canada

Second ASI Annual General Meeting in Montreal, Canada

Responsible production, sourcing and stewardship of aluminium took another decisive step forward as over 80 representatives from aluminium producers, users, civil society, associations, government and other stakeholders came together at the Aluminium Stewardship Initiative’s (ASI) Annual General Meeting (AGM).  The event was held on Tuesday 4 April at the Centre for Sustainable Development in Montreal, Canada and was supported by the Government of Quebec, Rio Tinto and the Aluminium Association of Canada.

2016
December

End of first public consultation on ASI Chain of Custody Standard

Draft 3 of the ASI Chain of Custody Standard + draft 1 of the CoC Guidance were put out for public consultation from October to December 2016. ASI provided several means for stakeholders to get involved in the consultation including live webinars, a recorded CoC overview webinar, and an in-person consultation workshop in London. Written input was received from 26 stakeholders, resulting in a total of 227 individual comments.

April

ASI registered as a charity

ASI registered as a charity

ASI was officially registered as a Charity with the Australian Charities and Not-for-Profits Commissions (ACNC). The registration has been made effective from the date of ASI’s incorporation on 25 June 2015.

April

ASI Board and Standards Committee elected and meets at AGM

ASI Board and Standards Committee elected and meets at AGM

In April 2016 in Ingolstadt, the newly elected ASI Board and Standards Committee came together for their first in-person meetings, following elections and appointments in March. (Standards Committee shown in photo)

April

ASI’s Constitution adopted at its inaugural Annual General Meeting

ASI’s Constitution adopted at its inaugural Annual General Meeting

Following extensive consultation with members and stakeholders, ASI adopted its definitive Constitution in April 2016, at its inaugural Annual General Meeting, held in Ingolstadt, Germany. The ASI Constitution defined ASI’s governance model, also summarised in the ASI Governance Handbook adopted by the Board later that year.

2015
June

ASI Incorporates as Non-Profit

ASI incorporates in Australia as a non-profit membership-based organisation, so it can develop and run its third-party certification program as a legal entity.

March

ASI Executive Director appointed and ASI incorporated

ASI Executive Director appointed and ASI incorporated

In March 2015, ASI appointed its first Executive Director, and in June 2015 the Aluminium Stewardship Initiative Ltd was incorporated as a non-profit entity for the purposes of developing an independent, third-party certification program.

2014
December

ASI Performance Standard V1 launched

ASI Performance Standard V1 launched

IUCN convened a multi-stakeholder Standards Setting Group (SSG) and co-ordinated the process from January 2013 to August 2015, resulting in the launch of version 1 (Principles and Criteria) for the ASI Performance Standard in December 2014, as well as initial work on potential indicators of conformance.

2012
December

IUCN appointed as co-ordinator for ASI standards-setting process

At the end of 2012, the companies supporting ASI appointed the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) to be the host and coordinator for the initial standard-setting process.

December

Agreement to develop ASI work program

The Scoping Phase Report’s conclusions ultimately led to the establishment of ASI, and in 2011, there was agreement among 14 companies representing the entire aluminium value chain to develop the ASI work program. The founding members announced ASI’s establishment at the IUCN World Conservation Congress in September 2012.

2010
December

Report from Track Record recommending third-party certification system

Report from Track Record recommending third-party certification system

The result of the formal study was the “Responsible Aluminium Scoping Phase Main Report”, which summarised the industry’s environmental, social and governance sustainability – related risks and opportunities. The report also underscored the need for an international multi-stakeholder approach that could complement existing sustainability programs throughout the aluminium industry.

August

Responsible Aluminium group launches charter

Responsible Aluminium group launches a call to like-minded organisations via its “Charter for Organisations” to join and “…support the development of a credible and independently verifiable aluminium scheme that seeks to minimise impact and improve performance throughout the aluminium value-chain, recognised by the industry and external stakeholders.” The participation was to be active, transparent and inclusive to all interested parties.

2009
October

Multi-stakeholder group joins forces on ‘responsible aluminium’

In 2009, a global group of stakeholders was convened with representatives from the aluminium industry, civil society, research and policy organisations, as well as industrial users of aluminium. The group discussed challenges, opportunities and needs facing the aluminium value chain as a whole, and a formal study was commissioned.