ASI development timeline
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.
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.
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!
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.
ASI hits 50 members
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.