Russian Federation aluminium behemoth U.C. Rusal announced yesterday the certification of three of its most prominent sites by the Aluminium Stewardship Initiative (ASI).
Per the firm, bauxite mine JSC Boksit Timana, alumina refinery RUSAL Kamensk-Uralskiy, and a branch of PJSC RUSAL Bratsk in Shelekhov, which is engaged in aluminium smelting, casthouse and alloys production, received certification against ASI’s Performance Standard and Chain of Custody Standard. Rusal indicates that these are but the first of many ASI certifications the firm expects to earn.
ASI’s Chief Executive Officer Fiona Solomon congratulated Rusal on its achievement.
“ASI congratulates RUSAL on its dual Performance Standard and Chain of Custody Standard certification. Given the challenging environment in which the Company has been operating until recently, its certification to both ASI Standards from bauxite mine through to casthouse and semi-fabrication is a significant achievement and a clear demonstration of the Company’s commitment to responsible operating practices.”
“Adhering to the key sustainability principles at every step of our operations is crucial for our relationship with employees, customers, communities and shareholders,” explained Rusal’s CEO Evgenii Nikitin. “We are delighted to have achieved this first certification. Receiving recognition from ASI, such a reputable organization, is an important milestone for RUSAL and further proves that we are committed to be a leading, responsible aluminium producer”
Certification of Rusal’s plants was carried out by independent third-party auditor DNV GL, an international accredited registrar and classification society from Norway. Both certifications are the product of collaboration between aluminium stakeholders and NGOs to help assure that aluminium produced by certified plants meets standards of responsible production.
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.