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ASI News - May 2019 

ASI's 2019 Progress Report

Our fourth annual progress report is now available!  The 2019 report provides an overview of ASI's multi-stakeholder governance model and highlights progress on some key metrics. 

After only 17 months of operation of ASI's Certification program, the data shows that ASI continues to grow in both participation and implementation.  

We're proud to see the efforts of ASI members in the aluminium value chain towards certification, the growing pool of ASI accredited auditors, the engagement and contributions of members and stakeholders in our governance meetings, and the uptake of our customised digital platforms.  But of course, there is always more work ahead of us. 

Delegates attending the 2019 ASI AGM Week next week will receive a hard copy of the 2019 Progress Report with their meeting pack.  It is also available to download from the ASI website as a PDF

We thank everyone involved in ASI for their ongoing support and contributions.

Forest-Smart Mining

The Program for Forests (PROFOR), hosted by the World Bank Group, has released three studies to assess the impact of mining on forests. The three studies - one on large scale mining, one on artisanal mining and one on biodiversity offsets - identify the first known lessons learned for implementing a forest-smart approach to mining.  ASI member Fauna & Flora International (FFI) led the work on large-scale mining. 

While the expansion of commercial and subsistence agriculture is the main driver of deforestation worldwide, responsible for about 80 percent of forest loss, the extractive industries also contribute to deforestation at about 5 percent globally.

The large-scale mining report explores what forest-smart mining might look like and the extent to which examples already exist on the ground. It focuses on the minerals of highest economic value, including bauxite, for a range of extractives projects occurring in forests across a variety of geographies, ecologies, and economies, analyzing for each the condition of the forest around the mine site and the potential factors associated with better or worse forest outcomes.

The lessons learned from these studies are expected to inform the World Bank Group and its client countries on how to manage their extractives sectors better in relation to forest conservation. 

Making Mining Forest-Smart: Executive Summary Report
FOREST-SMART MINING: Offset Case Studies
Summary video: https://lnkd.in/ehZixYq

ASI Certifications update

In May, three members attained ASI Performance Standard Certification and one achieved Chain of Custody Standard Certification:

  1. Hydro Aluminium Extruded Solutions operations for extrusion and profiles at the sites in Bellenberg (Germany) and fabrication of aluminium Lichtervelde (Belgium). Consult the summary audit report.
  2. Suntown Technology Group Corporation Limited (SNTO) has become the third company in China to achieve Certification to the ASI Performance Standard, and the first in China covering aluminium recycling. Consult the summary audit report.
  3. Emirates Global Aluminium PJSC (EGA)'s Al Taweelah site in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) Is the first company and operation in the Middle East to achieve Certification to the ASI Performance Standard. Consult the summary audit report.
  4. Hydro Aluminium Rolled Products operations at the sites in Grevenbroich, Hamburg, and Neuss (Germany), the joint venture site Alunorf (Germany) have become the first of Hydro’s operations to be certified to the ASI Chain of Custody Standard. Consult the summary audit report.

Upcoming FPIC webinar 

FPIC is the principle that an indigenous community has the right to give or withhold consent to proposed projects that may affect their land, natural resources, lives and wellbeing, and it plays a role in ASI Performance Standard Criterion 9.4.

Krista West, ASI Director of Learning will be joined by Emma Hague from Equitable Origin and Taylor Kennedy from Resolv for this webinar that will cover key FPIC topics including:
  • FPIC in international law
  • FPIC in voluntary standards
  • FPIC Solutions Dialogue
  • Community insights
  • Q&A
The entire series of educationAl webinars, including ASI stakeholder interviews can be accessed on our educationAl page.


ASI welcomed two new Production & Transformation members in May. See descriptions of our new members below. ASI currently has 88 members working together towards  responsible aluminium, with more member announcements in the pipeline. For more information about ASI membership, please visit the Join ASI page on our website!  

Aluminerie Alouette

Located at Sept-Iles in the province of Quebec, Canada, Aluminerie Alouette Inc. is the largest aluminium smelter in the Americas with an annual production capacity of more than 600,000 tonnes of primary aluminum. Inaugurated in 1992, the independent company operating with close to 900 employees places sustainable development and innovation at the heart of its actions.

Find more information on Aluminerie Alouette on their ASI Member page.

Luoyang Wanji Aluminium Processing Co.,Ltd 

Luoyang Wanji Aluminium Processing Co.,Ltd. was established in 2008 and is wholly owned by Wanji Holding Group Co., Ltd. Its major products are aluminium foil, which are widely applied in the fields of transportation, packaging and building and supply intermediate materials for home appliance, electronic communication, pharmaceuticals, printing and other product sectors.

"Wanji Aluminium Processing is glad to join ASI, we strive to minimize the environmental impacts of our operation, and support ASI’s commitment to promote sustainability in the aluminium value-chain."

- Chairman of Wanji Aluminium, Yuemin Li

Find more information about Wanji Aluminium Processing on their ASI Member page.


ASI Annual General Meeting 2019

ASI's 2019 AGM Week will be held at the Scandic Seilet in Molde, Norway during the week of June 3, 2019.  We have now closed registrations, and have over 100 members and stakeholders attending. 

We are looking forward to a great week of peer learning and networking.  The program will include sessions on implementing ASI Certification, understanding impact, sector perspectives, interactive discussions on making claims, and looking ahead.  An informative site visit to the Sunndal aluminium smelter is also part of the program. Most of the ASI team will be fully occupied with during the event, so please be patient if you have delayed responses.

Aluminium Packaging and Sustainability Forum 

To be held during the Aluminium China 2019 event, organised by Reed Exhibitions.  


  1. The next 20 years of global aluminium demand, supply and environmental impact: implications for the packaging sector
    Chris Bayliss, Deputy Secretary General, International Aluminium Institute(IAI)
  2. Sustainability, packaging and ASI
    Dr Fiona Solomon, CEO, Aluminium Stewardship Initiative (ASI)
  3. Providing sustainable aluminum packaging materials for customers and consumers —efforts and practices
    Tan Zhenming, Executive Director, SNTO Group
  4. The contribution of aluminium foil to sustainable consumption
    Stefan Glimm, Director General, Global Aluminium Foil Roller Initiative (GLAFRI)

More information on the event in Chinese.


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