After almost three years of discussions, the Aluminium Stewardship Initiative (ASI) released updates to its ASI Performance and Chain of Custody Standards, supporting Guidance, Assurance Manual, Claims Guide. and Glossary as By-Laws last week.
The revisions are a product of work by the ASI’s Standards Committee and Working Group, two rounds of public comment, and extensive legal review. The first major revision since 2017 was recently adopted by the ASI Board, and the organization expects to debut the new standards later this month.
Along with the above-mentioned revisions, ASI will also publish revisions to its online assurance platform, elementAL, and learning platform, educationAL, both of which are undergoing final revisions. Translations of all the new documents are also in the works at present.
For the next year those firms who are seeking certification may do so under the existing standard or the new standard. Subsequent to that, the 2017 standards will be retired. Meanwhile, those certified under the existing standard may continue to operate under that standard until their existing certifications expire.
The ASI is a worldwide organization dedicated to setting industrial standards and certifications in the aluminium industry. The association brings together the various stakeholders in the aluminium industry in order to achieve objectives including sustainable production methods, material chain-of-custody procedures, recycling, social impacts related to aluminium production, and production standards.