ASI development timeline

2020
September

ASI kicks-off #ASIturns5 celebration campaign

ASI kicks-off #ASIturns5 celebration campaign

ASI, its 130+ members and many other stakeholders kick-off the ASI turns 5! (#ASIturns5) social media campaign with tweets and posts reflecting their accomplishments and benefits of working with ASI and implementing the ASI Standards over the past 5 years since ASI’s official registration as a not-for-profit organisation in June 2015. (Image updated to June 2020)

May

5th ASI AGM held via webcast due to COVID-19

On May 19, ASI held its Annual General Meeting (AGM) for Members via an audio webcast due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  Nearly 120 participants from 62 ASI Member organisations joined the ASI Board and CEO for an update on ASI’s progress and activities. ASI’s AGM Week was originally scheduled to be held in Shandong province, China.

April

ASI Standards Revision 2020-2021 kicks-off

During 2020-2021, ASI is conducting a Standards Revision to review all of the 6 ASI Documents – Performance Standard and Guidance, Chain of Custody Standard and Guidance, Assurance Manual and Claims Guide. A page on the ASI website provides up-to-date information on the current stage of the revision, the schedule, relevant news, and more.

2019
December

ASI achieves full ISEAL Member status

ASI achieves full ISEAL Member status

In announcing ASI’s full ISEAL Membership status, the ISEAL Board has recognised ASI’s commitment to developing effective and credible systems in line with ISEAL’s requirements, and also acknowledged the value and insights that ASI has brought through its ongoing and active participation in the ISEAL community.

December

50 Certifications issued

50 Certifications issued

With the announcement of Constellium’s new Chain of Custody Certification at their Singen operations, the total number of ASI Certifications issued — for both Performance and Chain of Custody combined — hits 50. Constellium’s Singen operation is one of the company’s largest sites and serves the automotive and the packaging markets.

September

ASI Membership hits 100!

ASI Membership hits 100!

With the addition of Greatview Aseptic Packaging as a new Industrial User member, ASI membership reaches 100 members in September 2019. ASI started with only 13 members at incorporation in June 2015.

June

4th ASI AGM in Norway

4th ASI AGM in Norway

More than 100 participants from the entire aluminium value chain and beyond came together to share their perspectives on the positive implementation progress of ASI’s Certification program over the last twelve months, and reflect on the challenges still ahead.

March

2019 Annual IPAF meeting in India

IPAF meeting 2019 India

The 2019 Indigenous Peoples Advisory Forum (IPAF) meeting was held in Ranchi, in the state of Jharkhand, India between 25 February – 6 March. More than 30 participants from India, Australia, Canada, Ghana, Guinea, India, the Netherlands, Suriname, Switzerland, United Kingdom and the United States attended the IPAF meeting to share experiences and increase awareness of ASI’s work in the aluminium value chain.

February

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.

January

First China-based ASI Member attains certification

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.

2018
December

ASI becomes ISEAL Associate Member

ASI becomes ISEAL Associate Member

The Aluminium Stewardship Initiative has been accepted as an associate member of the ISEAL Alliance. It joins as an organisation whose system meets ISEAL’s entry level criteria in terms of scope, governance and practices.

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.

May

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.

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.

March

2018 Annual IPAF meeting in Suriname

2018 IPAF event Suriname

The 2018 ASI Indigenous Peoples Advisory Forum (IPAF) was held over March 21-24, in Suriname. More than 20 participants from Australia, Brazil, Cambodia, Germany, India, Philippines, Suriname and the UK joined together to share experiences and increase awareness of and engagement in ASI’s work in the aluminium value chain.

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.