ASI development timeline
ASI Membership hits 80
In February, 2 new members joined ASI putting the total number of members to 81. Over 50% of ASI Members (45) are slated to seek certification for at least a part of their operations by 2021.
First China-based ASI Member attains certification
At the end of January, ASI announced that the first China-based Member, Yantai Donghai Aluminium Foil Co., Ltd. attained certification to the ASI Performance Standard. Yantai Donghai Aluminium Foil Co. Ltd. is an aluminium foil roller based in Shandong province producing foil for industrial and consumer applications that include a wide range of packaging, batteries, capacitors, and cabling.
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 holds its 3rd AGM in Australia
After Ingolstadt, Germany and Montreal, Canada, the third ASI AGM was held in Mandurah, Australia. The event kept the more than 70 international participants busy with keynotes, panels, parallel sessions on key aspects of ASI’s work program and a site visit to the Rio Tinto Huntly bauxite mine and Pinjarra alumina smelter.
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.