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ASI News - January 2019 

What's ahead for 2019

Happy new year!  2019 will be ASI's second year of implementation, and a year where many members will be achieving their first or additional ASI Certifications. 

Here are some of the projects and activities keeping us busy:

  • Continuing to make our systems more efficient and effective.  These include our flagship platforms educationAl and elementAl, our internal systems for the ISEAL Codes of Good Practice, our governance model, and learning from our collective implementation experiences. 
  • Streamlining data capture and workflows for companies, auditors and ASI.  A special case of the systems mentioned above, but deserves to be highlighted as a reflection of our strong focus on digital investment and continual improvement to support ASI's program and broader objectives.  
  • Rolling out our Monitoring and Evaluation program.  In 2018 we updated our Theory of Change and developed successive drafts of our Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) plan.  With more than a dozen certifications announced and a new team member on board (see below), 2019 will be an important year to reflect on and share progress.
  • Continuing discussions on key sustainability topics like biodiversity, human rights, GHG and recycling.  ASI has active multi-stakeholder Working Groups on a range of topics,  along with the ASI Indigenous Peoples Advisory Forum (IPAF).  These groups discuss emerging issues, develop guidance and propose recommendations for the next revision of the ASI Standards, scheduled to commence in 2020. 
  • Continuing to strengthen engagement and participation in China.  ASI currently has 7 members in China and this is expected to continue to grow.  ASI looks forward to continuing its China outreach in 2019, in the lead up to the 2020 ASI AGM Week to be held in Yantai, Shandong province.
  • Deepening our engagement with downstream users of aluminium.  Sectors such as transport, packaging and building and construction are important users of aluminium, along with a wide variety of other engineering and consumer applications.  ASI aims to grow awareness and participation from downstream users to encourage uptake throughout the value chain. 
Registrations are now open for ASI AGM Week in June in Norway - see below!

Want to get the big picture about the aluminium industry? Join the 'Aluminium Story' webinar.

On 7 February at 10.30am CET, we will be hosting an exciting live webinar with Chris Bayliss, Deputy Secretary General at the International Aluminium Institute (IAI).

Chris will give us an overview of the 'Aluminium Story' as a comprehensive insight into key features of the industry and its development. We have planned a lot of time for questions and are looking forward to a dynamic session.   

Click here to registerA recording of the session will also be made available later from our educationAl page for those who are unable to attend.

Also -- a new ASI webinar: The Path to Certification

While we're on the subject of webinars, we have just published our latest educationAl webinar called "The Path to Certification" which gives an overview of the ASI certification process, describing the key decisions, tools, documents and other resources that are useful to help members achieve certification.

New ASI Director of Impacts and Partnerships

ASI is pleased to welcome Marieke van der Mijn as ASI's new Director of Impacts and Partnerships.  

Marieke joined ASI in January 2018 and is based in The Hague, Netherlands. She will be responsible for the ongoing development and implementation of ASI’s impacts and Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) program, and will support ASI’s broader organisational partnerships, collaborations and stakeholder engagement.  

Marieke’s background lies in the development and implementation of standards, certification and impact evaluation systems in mineral and metal supply chains.  Read more about our new colleague.

ASI Certifications update

Two members announced their certifications in January:

  1. Nestlé Nespresso is the first coffee company to be certified against the ASI Performance Standard, with a focus on the material stewardship of aluminium capsules. Nespresso also announced in December that they would be the first end-user to commit to sourcing ASI aluminium for a consumer product.
  2. Yantai Donghai Aluminium Foil Co. Ltd. is the first company in China to be certified against ASI’s Performance Standard for environmental, social and governance performance.  

ASI MEMBERSHIP NEWS

ASI welcomed three new Production & Transformation members in January. ASI currently has 79 members working together towards responsible aluminium. For more information about ASI membership, please visit the Join ASI page on our website! 

Carcano

Carcano Antonio S.p.A is a company in the field of aluminium foil rolling and converting, situated in the North of Italy since 1880. With more than 460 employees, the company has 3 production units, that guarantee production process vertically integrated: from the aluminium ingot to the flexible packaging. Carcano’s international business is active in Pharma, Food & Beverage, Confectionery and Technical industries.

Find more information on Carcano on their ASI Member page.

IPS Industrial Packaging Solution 

IPS is specialised in manufacturing aluminium foil for flexible packaging and industrial applications, and supplies aluminium foil in a wide range of alloys and dimensions, with thicknesses between 8 and 50 microns, adapting the final product to clients’ requirements. Its productive cycle includes lacquering, laminating, printing, embossing and slitting.

Find more information about IPS on their ASI Member page.

Gränges

Gränges is a leading global supplier of rolled aluminium products for heat exchanger applications and other niche markets. The company develops, produces and markets advanced materials that enhance efficiency in the customer manufacturing process and the performance of the final products. 

Find more information on Gränges on their ASI Member page.

UPCOMING EVENTS

ASI AGM Week 2019: Registration is open!

ASI's 2019 AGM Week will be held at the Scandic Seilet in Molde, Norway during the week of June 3, 2019.

The week is open to all members and interested stakeholders and will be an excellent opportunity for peer learning and networking.  The program will include sessions on implementing ASI Certification, including chain of custody, claims and thematic sustainability issues.  An informative site visit to the Sunndal aluminium smelter will also be part of the program.  Any organisations who may be interested to explore sponsorship opportunities for the AGM, are invited to contact Fiona Solomon

Other events 

The ASI Secretariat will also be participating in the following meetings and events in coming months:

  • ISEAL peer workshop on complaints and dispute resolution mechanisms, England, February
  • ASI Indigenous Peoples Advisory Forum (IPAF) Annual Meeting, India, February-March
  • ASI Chain of Custody Workshop, China, March
  • International Aerospace Environment Group (IAEG) Annual Meeting, USA, April
  • OECD Forum, France, April
  • GDA Sustainable Aluminium Packaging Summit, Germany, May
  • ISEAL Global Sustainability Standards Symposium, Netherlands, June

ASI In-Person Training 

The schedule for the 2019 in-person training sessions is being finalised, with the details as they currently stand indicated below. Mark the dates in your calendar and please get in touch with Krista West, Director of Learning to confirm your participation as soon as possible — sessions may be cancelled if a minimum level of 10 participants is not attained. Sessions are 1 day for members / 1.5 days for auditors and for some of the training events, we have also added an optional half-day site visit. 
  • April 8 / Montreal, Canada / for Members 
  • April 9-10 / Montreal, Canada / for Auditors 
  • April 24-25 / Alumínio, Brazil / for Members / Site visit: CBA
  • April 25-26 / Alumínio, Brazil / for Auditors / Site visit: CBA
  • May 7-8 / Beijing, China / for Auditors
  • May 9 / Beijing, China / for Members
  • May 30-31 / Netherlands / for Auditors / Site visit: Hydro
  • June 2-3 Norway / for Members / in coordination with ASI AGM
We will also be organising additional training in Europe and China in October/November. Exact dates and locations will be published in the coming months.

Note: In-person training is free for accredited auditing firm representatives and members, $US 100 for non-accredited auditing firm representatives and non-members. Get more details about our in-person training program.

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