Global standards and certification organization The Aluminium Stewardship Initiative (ASI) announced on Friday the launch of a brand-new Certification program for the end-to-end global aluminium production chain. Per the organization, the newly-debuted program will focus upon responsible production, sourcing, and stewardship.
The ASI says that the new certification program will cover the entire production process, from bauxite mining through to aluminium recycling. The new certification program joins ASI’s Performance Standard, which evaluates greenhouse gases, waste management, material stewardship, biodiversity, and human rights implications for the aluminium product in question, and the Chain of Custody standard, which ties responsible production with responsible sourcing.
Daniel Weston, Chair of the ASI Board and General Counsel & Global Head of Corporate Affairs for Nestlé Nespresso SA, hailed the development as a chance for the organization to make a positive difference in the aluminium production cycle.
“This is a really pivotal moment for ASI. Today’s launch marks the start of a new certification that will embed sustainability and human rights principles into the production, use and recycling of aluminium, and is the culmination of many years of collective effort. ASI’s key strength is its robust multi-stakeholder governance and standards-setting process. With a growing global membership, we have an opportunity to make significant impact.”
ASI Chief Executive Officer Dr. Fiona Solomon says the new certification program fills a need for both producers and consumers of aluminium.
“Supply-chain certification programs like ASI are becoming increasingly important for customers and stakeholders, who seek assurance that companies’ sustainability practices are genuine. Through extensive stakeholder participation and consultation, ASI has designed Standards that provide a shared platform to address key issues and create B2B incentives for their implementation. We are excited about the next steps as member companies work towards achieving the first ASI Certifications in 2018.”
The first aluminium evaluated under this new standard will be available within the next two years according to the ASI.
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.