As 2022 draws to a close, we will look back on it as a year of transition. This year ASI launched its updated Standards and celebrated 12 months of ongoing growth in uptake and outreach to drive change. However, the work ahead for our 2030 goals becomes ever more urgent.
World events set the context in which ASI is trying to drive change
Climate-related emergencies are growing in frequency and intensity. But COP27 highlighted that there is still only modest progress, at best, on decarbonisation towards a 1.5C target. The COP15 for biodiversity has just concluded, with the UN’s environment chief warning that “we are at war with nature” and must tackle “the biodiversity apocalypse”. Within this context of crisis, Indigenous Peoples and local communities face growing pressures on their traditional livelihoods and cultures. Energy shortages and prices, the ongoing war in Ukraine and continuing inflationary pressures can create uncertainties around investment in change. The challenges are many, but speak to the urgency of collective action.
ASI in numbers in 2022
The ASI Certification program provides independent assurance of entity conformance against ASI Standards through accredited third-party auditors.
ASI’s program continues to grow its uptake throughout the aluminium value chain. By 9 December 2022, ASI has achieved the following in the year to date, with a few more in the pipeline for year’s end:
More on the ongoing scaling of ASI, ASI's 2022-2023 priorities, highlights of 2022 and what lies ahead in 2023 in the full article on our website.
The revised ASI Performance and Chain of Custody Standards (2022) are now included in the International Trade Centre (ITC) Standards Map.
The International Trade Centre (ITC) is an agency of the United Nations. Its Standards Map provides free, accessible, comprehensive, verified and transparent information on over 300 standards for environmental protection, worker and labour rights, economic development, quality and food safety, as well as business ethics.
ASI’s Standards were first included in the ITC Standards Map in December 2020. Following the launch of the revised ASI Performance and Chain of Custody Standards in May 2022, ASI and ITC went through a comprehensive process to review and update ASI information in the Standards Map. This process was finalised in December 2022.
Companies, governments, civil society, researchers and other stakeholders can use the tool to find trusted and neutral information about voluntary sustainability standards, codes of conduct, audit protocols, reporting frameworks and company programs on sustainability. It enables users to compare up to 4 standards side by side across 1650+ criteria, make informed decisions regarding production trends among standards, and assess standard compliance process and business for sustainability readiness.
The ITC Knowledge Base provides more information on how to identify, review or compare relevant standards in the Standards Map, how to do a self-assessment and understand how data is collected and reviewed.
CRU World Aluminium Conference 2023
The 28th World Aluminium Conference will take place on the 16-18 May 2023 at the St Pancras Renaissance Hotel, London, co-hosted by the International Aluminium Institute (IAI) and the Aluminium Stewardship Initiative (ASI).
ASI is pleased to announce that we will be co-hosting the 2023 CRU conference, along with the International Aluminium Institute. The event will be over 3 days in London, from 16-18 May 2022.
The program is under development and will integrate sustainability and market insights focused on the aluminium value chain. The third day will include two parallel workshop sessions: one on a deeper dive on GHG methodologies and the other on ASI as a Track A Standard for LME’s Responsible Sourcing program.
ASI, IAI and CRU are joining forces for this event to maximise value for our respective stakeholders. In future communications we will provide more details on the program as it develops, as well as a discount code for ASI members. Mark your calendars today to join us in London in May!
Issuing of first ASI Certifications makes IAI list of top 50 Moments of aluminium history
As part of its 50 year anniversary celebrations, the International Aluminium Institute (IAI) has announced the top 50 Moments in the history of aluminium, as voted for by industry leaders and partners, peers and those working in, or fascinated by, the aluminium industry.
During the past 50 years, the IAI has been a leading voice for the global aluminium industry, providing credible and robust statistical data, and providing a forum for the industry to discuss the industry on a sustainable journey.
The full list of Moments assembled as part of the celebrations of IAI's 50th anniversary spans more than 200 years – from Humphry Davy identifying aluminium in 1808, to the first aluminium sustainability label using blockchain technology in 2021. The issuing of ASI's first Performance Standard and Chain of Custody Standard certifications in 2018 ranked at number 28. We are proud to be noted among such important historical milestones of the industry, and look forward to continuing to work collaboratively with all stakeholders tofoster responsible production, sourcing and stewardship of aluminium.
Register for the upcoming 45 Minutes on... webinar:
Climate Change Adaptation: Community Health Risk, Resilience, and Responses
The public health and safety impacts of climate change – severe weather events, air pollution, changing vector ecologies, proliferation of allergens, water and food security, civil unrest and increasing conflict, environmental degradation and extreme heat – are increasingly likely to impact (differentially) the aluminium sector’s industrial sites, local communities, and its workforce.
In this 45 minutes on webinar Dr Jim Wesdock (Global Health Director, Alcoa) and Dr Greg Paoli (Principal Risk Scientist, Risk Sciences International) will explore an ongoing International Aluminium Institute-led and ASI-supported project to develop tools for evaluating and managing climate change-related health, safety and well-being risks, all of which endeavours to favourably impact on asset operational resilience and the communities in which these assets reside.
The utility of such work to practitioners and communities across the globe is highly dependent on local community engagement and the support of operations – an Alcoa Foundation project to facilitate this engagement - through enhanced health literacy – will also be addressed as well as what the ASI and its Members can do to improve adaptation to climate change and the resilience of affected populations.
Date: January 10, 2023 Time: 9AM New York • 2PM London • 3PM Berlin Register now!
ASI annual holiday office closure
ASI will close its office for 2 weeks over the new year period, from 22 December to 4 January.
Time off during the holiday period encourages our hardworking Secretariat to take a proper break. While some team members may work through this period and take leave at another time, the majority will be out of the office for some or all of this period.
We look forward to working with all our stakeholders with renewed vigour in 2023!
Watch now: 45 minutes webinars from 2022
In 2022, ASI hosted 13 webinars covering a broad range of key issues related to our work program, by partnering with ASI members and top experts from leading organisations in their fields. If you missed one, you can watch the recording.
ASI's Working Groups: An overview for Members (November 2022)
Critical Ecosystem Areas: Better biodiversity metrics for business with WCS (November 2022)
Grievance mechanisms: training for practitioners with BSR, RMI, The Copper Mark (October 2022)
The Species Threat Abatement and Restoration Metric (STAR) with IBAT (October 2022)
Emerging ESG paradigm shifts in industry with Dr. Raj Aseervatham (August 2022)
AUDI future rollout of ASI compliant material (July 2022)
Aluminium + Climate 101 (July 2022)
Business relationships as a driver for circularity with Dr Shyaam Ramkumar (June 2022)
ASI's approach to Chain of Custody: Certification scope, Inputs/Outputs, mass balance (May 2022)
Decarbonising Shipping: Insights into how Cargill is working with others to make zero-carbon shipping a reality (Apr 2022)
Addressing modern slavery in the ASI Performance Standard (Mar 2022)
Crunching the numbers: Analysing ASI Certification data using the new ASI Public Dashboard (Feb 2022)
The new Net-Zero Standard with the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi) (Jan 2022)
In December, ASI Members achieved 9 new certifications, with several more in the announcement pipeline.
Cevher Jant A.Ş. has achieved ASI Performance Standard V2 (2017) Certification with a focus on Material Stewardship for the production of automobile wheels at two facilities located in Izmir, Turkey. Consult the media release.
Novelis do Brasil LTDA. has achieved ASI Chain of Custody (CoC) Standard V1 (2017) Certification for its Pindamonhangaba rolling operations, as well as for its network of 14 aluminium can collection centers throughout Brazil and 1 distribution center. Consult the media release.
Hammerer Aluminium Industries (HAI) Extrusion SRL has achieved ASI Performance Standard V2 (2017) Certification for the manufacturing of extruded aluminium profiles at its facility at Chisineu-Cris, Romania. Consult the media release.
REAL ALLOY has achieved dual ASI Standard Certification for aluminium scrap recycling activities and wrought and cast alloy production at two facilities in Michigan (USA), plus central strategic and administrative functions managed by REAL ALLOY Headquarters in Ohio (USA). Consult the media release.
Gränges has achieved ASI Performance Standard V2 (2017) and Chain of Custody (CoC) Standard V1 (2017) Certifications for the design and manufacture of rolled strip and sheet of aluminium at Gränges Americas, Inc production sites in Huntingdon, Tennessee, Newport, Arkansas and Salisbury North Carolina, and the related corporate functions at the Headquarters in Franklin (TN) in the USA. Consult the media release.
China Hongqiao Group Co., Ltd. has achieved ASI Performance Standard V2 (2017) Certification for its subsidiary operation Shandong Hongchuang Aluminum Industry Holding Co., Ltd., along with its three wholly-owned subsidiaries for the research and development, production and sales of aluminum sheets, strips and foils. Consult the media release.
Guangyuan Linfeng Aluminum & Electricity Co., LTD, has achieved ASI Performance Standard V2 (2017) Certification for its aluminium smelting activities at the Yuanjiaba Industrial Park, Guangyuan Economic and Technological Development Zone, China. Consult the media release.
In December, ASI welcomed two Production & Transformation members and two Industrial User members bringing the total number of ASI members to 272.
Read more about our new members below, and for more information about ASI membership, please visit the Join ASI page on our website!
Cheuk Lun Metal Manufactory (Shenzhen) CO., Ltd
Cheuk Lun” Metal Manufactory (Shenzhen) CO., Ltd is located at the Third Industrial Zone, Kengzi Road, Ping Shan New District, Shenzhen. It was established in 1992. The initial capital was US$1,000,000 and... Read more.
"We have joined ASI in order to better promote the business, serve our customers and provide them with new product ideas."
Located in Jinshan Industrial Zone, Shanghai Huafon Aluminium Corporation is mainly invested by Huafeng Group, one of the top 500 Chinese enterprises. It was rated as one of the top 100 manufacturing enterprises in Shanghai... Read more.
“As a manufacturer of aluminum heat transmission materials, we are honored to join ASI. Under the guidance of ASI standards, we will fulfill our commitment to responsible production, responsible procurement and corporate governance of aluminium, and constantly promote the sustainable development of aluminium production."
RP Products is the manufacturing subsidiary of Radii Planet Group Ltd who are specialists in the design, manufacture and installation of the highest-standard partitioning, architectural glass solutions and certified glazed fire rated systems... Read more.
“Radii Planet Group are driven to achieve exceptional quality standards on every project, from concept to completion and have adopted a circular economy framework to ensure that we meet not only the needs of our clients, in terms of excellence, but also the aim of society to tackle the global challenges of climate change, biodiversity loss, waste and pollution. Gaining ASI Certification for RP Products, our manufacturing division, will be another positive step for us in demonstrating our commitment to sustainability in the built environment."
– Carole Smith, Risk, Compliance and Sustainability Director
Find more information on RP Products Ltd on their ASI Member page in the Industrial User Class.
HINDALCO INDUSTRIES LIMITED
Hindalco Industries Limited – Renukoot, India is a flagship company of Aditya Birla Group, which embarked on its journey to relentlessly pursue the creation of superior shareholder value, by exceeding customer expectation, profitability, unleashing employee potential and... Read more.
“Adoption of the ASI stewardship guidelines will enhance our ESG capabilities as well as put us in the top of the league to be an ESG sound Aluminium company."
ASI Secretariat members regularly participate at events with virtual or in-person presentations. Additional details on dates, times, content and how to join the sessions will be published on our events page when they become available.
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