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ASI Launches Its Revised Standards

The Aluminium Stewardship Initiative (ASI) released its revised ASI Performance and Chain of Custody Standards, which are now available for certification. The 2022 versions are the outcome of ASI’s first major revision since the launch of its Standards and Certification program in 2017.

“Today is an exciting milestone for ASI,” said Dr. Fiona Solomon, chief executive officer of the ASI. “Revision processes are intensive, but enable us to evolve alongside changes in knowledge, stakeholder expectations and priority issues. We extend our sincere thanks to all who have contributed to this critical effort, and for the hard work and diligence from across the ASI team. Today’s launch is just the start, and we anticipate positive engagement with the rollout of the updated ASI Certification program over the next 12 months.”

Standards Updated

The ASI Performance and Chain of Custody Standards were launched in late 2017, providing  a certification program for the aluminum value chain, focused on responsible production, sourcing, and stewardship of this important industrial metal. The standards are globally applicable and encompass all stages of the aluminum value chain: primary aluminum production (including bauxite mining, alumina refining and aluminum smelting), semi-fabrication and material conversion processes, recycling, and use in final products.

Initial work for the revision process kicked off in mid-2019, and has received valuable input along the way from working groups focused on recycling and material stewardship, chain of custody, greenhouse gas emissions, standards benchmarking and harmonization, ecosystem services, and human rights, as well as the Indigenous Peoples Advisory Forum (IPAF).

Multiple rounds of review and public consultation were conducted, overseen by ASI’s multi-stakeholder Standards Committee. This has resulted in more than 1,000 improvement items being actioned, building on implementation experience, stakeholder feedback and evolving expectations.

The Revised versions published today are:

  • ASI Performance Standard V3 (2022)
  • ASI Performance Standard Guidance V2 (2022)
  • ASI Chain of Custody Standard V2 (2022)
  • ASI Chain of Custody Standard Guidance V2 (2022)
  • ASI Assurance Manual V2 (2022)
  • ASI Claims Guide V2 (2022)
  • ASI Glossary V1 (2022)

English versions are currently available, with other language translations to be commissioned and released soon.

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