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ASI News - November 2015

Alcoa joins ASI 

ASI is delighted to welcome Alcoa as a new member of the Aluminum Stewardship Initiative (ASI), supporting ASI's mission to define and deliver the first global standard for aluminum sustainability.  Alcoa pioneered the aluminum industry over 125 years ago, and today, with more than 60,000 people in 30 countries, is a global leader in lightweight metals technology, engineering and manufacturing.  

For 14 consecutive years, Alcoa has been named as one of the world’s leading companies for sustainability on the prestigious Dow Jones Sustainability Indices (DJSI). Alcoa joins an ever growing membership that includes upstream and downstream companies in the aluminium value chain, civil society, industry associations and other supporters.

“Alcoa has a long history of partnering with key industry groups to advance sustainability and move us toward a low-carbon future. Joining ASI is a natural extension of our own sustainability efforts,” said Kevin McKnight, Alcoa’s Chief Sustainability Officer. “We look forward to working with ASI stakeholders to develop and deploy a global standard that drives responsible environmental and social performance and business ethics across the entire aluminum value chain.”

For more information visit www.alcoa.com


ASI also welcomed two new members in the Associations membership class this month - the Aluminum Association based in the US, and A|U|F based in Germany.  

ASI membership has grown from 13 to 22 members so far this year.  Visit the ASI website to see a list of current members, and find out how to join ASI.

The Aluminum Association

ASI is delighted to announce the Aluminum Association as a new ASI member. The Aluminium Association represents U.S. and foreign-based primary producers of aluminum, aluminum recyclers and producers of fabricated products, as well as industry suppliers. Member companies operate approximately 180 plants in the United States, with many conducting business worldwide. 

The Association provides global product standards, industry statistics and expert knowledge to member companies and policy makers nationwide. Engaging in a wide range of public policy and technical forums, the Association is committed to advancing aluminum as the sustainable metal of choice around the world. 

For more information see www.aluminum.org


ASI is also very pleased to announce that A|U|F, a non-partisan and independent association based in Germany, is a new ASI member. The A|U|F is an initiative for aluminium recycling of construction products, with the main target to organize a closed loop for aluminium profiles in the building industry. 

A|U|F strongly promotes material reuse of dismantled aluminium components, building profiles, windows, doors and facades used in construction. In addition, the association aims to promote production-related profile of collecting offcuts and production-related tension remains, their treatment and reuse. The aim is an environmentally friendly and resource-saving recycling process for aluminium profile materials. 

For more information visit www.a-u-f.com


Publication of ASI-funded report on enhancing corporate respect for Indigenous Peoples rights

As one of the outcomes of an Indigenous Peoples Expert Meeting on the ASI Performance Standard in May 2015, ASI agreed to provide financial support for a publication that could further illustrate and share the experiences of indigenous peoples with the aluminium industry.

The resulting report provides a global overview of the challenges facing indigenous peoples and presents five case studies from Australia, Cambodia, Guinea, India and Suriname.  The case studies reveal that indigenous communities are affected by both primary production activities, such as mining and associated infrastructure, and secondary processes such as smelting and energy production used to sustain operations.  The report also provides guidance on Free Prior Informed Consent and the identification of indigenous peoples.

The report, published by the Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact (AIPP), Forest Peoples Programme (FPP) and International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), was released during the UN Business and Human Rights Forum which took place in Geneva this month.  ASI also attended the 3-day UN Forum to exchange experiences and lessons for good practice for business' responsibility to respect human rights.

The ASI Performance Standard includes requirements for companies to adhere to key principles concerning the rights of indigenous peoples, including obtaining Free Prior and Informed Consent (FPIC) "where new projects or major changes to existing projects may have significant impacts on the Indigenous peoples associated culturally with or living on the relevant lands".

ASI is currently working with FPP to convene a standing Indigenous Peoples Advisory Forum as part of its formal governance structure. This group would be comprised of representatives from Indigenous Peoples organisations and indigenous peoples’ rights experts that have connections to the aluminium value chain. 

The Indigenous Peoples Advisory Forum will liaise with both the ASI Board and Standards Committee on matters relating to standards setting, the ASI Complaints Mechanism, and the broader involvement of indigenous peoples in ASI's programs.

Click to Download a copy of the report

Hard copies can be requested from Robeliza Halip at robie@aippnet.org


Save the Date:  On Tuesday 26 April 2016, ASI will be holding its inaugural Annual General Meeting (AGM). Following formal AGM proceedings for ASI members, the day will be open to all interested stakeholders.

The program will include speakers on aluminium and sustainability, as well as progress updates and consultation opportunities on ASI standards development.

ASI's AGM is being kindly hosted by Audi, who will offer factory tours in English, French and German in the afternoon. Registrations will open in December.  


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