The Aluminium Stewardship Initiative (ASI) announced yesterday the certification of German automaker BMW AG’s light metal foundry at Landshut, Germany against its Performance Standard for material stewardship.
In a related press release, ASI says the certification recognizes the plant’s responsible production, sourcing, and stewardship of aluminium, especially as it relates to material stewardship. Among the Landshut plant’s offerings are engine components including cylinder heads and crankcases, as well as structural components like side members and tailgate frames.
ASI’s Chief Executive Officer Fiona Solomon lauded the German automaker on its accomplishment.
“We warmly congratulate BMW, one of ASI’s founding members, on their ASI Certification. The company’s efforts to certify their operations demonstrates the importance of material stewardship practices for the automotive sector in particular, and provides a strong incentive for upstream suppliers to also come on board to ASI’s sustainability-focused program.”
Dr. Andreas Wendt, member of the Board of Management of BMW AG responsible for Purchasing and Supplier Network, elaborated upon his firm’s commitment to responsible aluminium production.
“Sustainability is a key aspect of our corporate strategy. We take our responsibility seriously. Aluminium and other raw materials used by the BMW Group must be extracted and processed under ethically and environmentally responsible conditions. The BMW Group has been supporting the Aluminium Stewardship Initiative from the early beginnings. We truly believe that its certification scheme will enhance transparency, traceability and overall sustainability in our aluminium supply chain.”
French independent third-party auditor Bureau Veritas S.A. carried out the audit of the Landshut plant.
The ASI is a worldwide organization dedicated to setting industrial standards and certifications in the aluminium industry. The association attempts to bring 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.