Global standards and certification organization The Aluminium Stewardship Initiative (ASI) announced on Tuesday the addition of SIG Combibloc as an Industrial User member, making the firm the ninth Industrial User and raising the ASI’s membership to 69 in total.
The Swiss aseptic packaging firm has recently begun to focus upon aluminium, specifically enhancing traceability along the supply chain in order to show that materials are responsibly sourced.
Though much of SIG’s products are produced from plant-based polymers and liquid packaging board, most of its products include a thin layer of aluminium foil. Initially lacking an effective method for proving that the aluminium foil was responsibly produced, ASI’s new certification provided exactly the solution the firm had been searching for up to then.
ASI’s certification program, which was launched at the end of last year, provides SIG a handy and effective method for audit its suppliers using the highest ethical, environmental, and social standards.
Per SIG, the firm has already been using a prototype of the ASI standard with a longstanding supplier, with promising results.
Henrik Wagner, Vice President Global Sourcing & Procurement at SIG, said that the ASI certification dovetails with his company’s existing priorities involving corporate responsibility.
“SIG’s commitment to responsible sourcing is central to our ambition to go Way Beyond Good by putting more into society and the environment than we take out. Sourcing materials from suppliers that have been certified to strict ethical, environmental and social standards is one of the best ways we can demonstrate that commitment. By joining the ASI, we have the opportunity to enhance the environmental credentials of our cartons through the new ASI certification on the responsible production, sourcing and stewardship of aluminium. This builds on our pioneering efforts within the industry to source raw materials, such as liquid packaging board and plant-based polymers, from certified sources.”
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.