Anglo-Australian mining giant Rio Tinto Group is the recipient of the first-ever Chain of Custody (CoC) Certification issued by the Aluminium Stewardship Initiative.
The certification was developed by the ASI to establish a seal and a series of criteria by which aluminium consumers could be assured that the product they are buying was responsibly sourced and produced.
The certification program begins at Rio Tinto’s bauxite operations in Gove and runs through certain smelters in Quebec. These facilities also possess Certification against the ASI Performance Standard, which were the world’s first-ever recipients of the certification this spring.
“ASI’s overall objective with its Chain of Custody Standard is to stimulate supply and demand for ASI Aluminium through the global value chain,” explained Fiona Solomon, Chief Executive Officer at ASI. “By implementing ASI’s innovative Certification program, encompassing both performance and chain of custody, companies are now able to provide independent assurance of responsible production, sourcing and stewardship of aluminium.”
Rio Tinto Aluminium chief executive Alf Barrios said the certification spoke to his firm’s adherence to quality in the production of an ever-more ubiquitous product.
“Achieving this Certification demonstrates Rio Tinto commitment to the highest international production standards and offers customers the ability to provide end consumers with the confidence that the aluminium in their products has been responsibly produced.”
“Aluminium has a key role to play as a material of choice to reduce carbon and increase recycling across a wide range of end products from food packaging to buildings, planes, cars, mobile phones and computers,” he went on.
“We see certified sustainable aluminium as a point of differentiation for Rio Tinto as customers become increasingly interested in ensuring that metals have been responsibly produced,” opined ASI board member and Rio Tinto Aluminium vice president sales and marketing Tolga Egrilmezer. “The ASI Certification will enable us to generate value for Rio Tinto and our customers because we believe there will be a fundamental shift in demand for these products.”