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ASI News - September 2015

Thinking of joining ASI?


It's a great time to become involved!  The Aluminium Stewardship Initiative (ASI) has recently agreed its new multi-stakeholder membership structure, and warmly welcomes new organisations to become part of the initiative in these formative stages to help shape ASI's development.

There are six ASI membership classes, covering every part of the aluminium supply chain, civil society groups, associations, and other supporting organisations.  These are grouped into 3 Full member classes, and 3 Associate member classes.



Eligibility for the different membership classes is as follows:

Production and Transformation: for organisations that produce or transform bauxite, alumina or aluminium, and will seek ASI Certification for at least one facility or product line in the future.

Industrial Users:  for organisations that manufacture consumer or commercial goods containing aluminium, and will seek ASI Certification for at least one facility or product line in the future.

Downstream Supporters:  for organisations that use, trade or collect aluminium and are interested in responsible sourcing, but are not seeking ASI Certification themselves.

Civil Society:  for not-for-profit civil society organisations that support the work of ASI to encourage and recognise responsible production, sourcing and stewardship of aluminium.

Associations:  for industry or trade associations that support the work of ASI to encourage and recognise responsible production, sourcing and stewardship of aluminium.

General Supporters:  for organisations that support the work of ASI but do not fall into any of the other membership classes.

Members benefit through their association with ASI's multi-stakeholder work program and directly contribute to enhancing sustainability in the global aluminium sector.  Membership fees are scaled to the size and type of organisation.

For more information, download the ASI Membership Information and Application Form from the ASI website or email us at:  info@aluminium-stewardship.org 

NEW ASI MEMBERS 

Council for Aluminium in Building


ASI is delighted to announce that the Council for Aluminium in Building has become ASI's first Association member.

The Council for Aluminium in Building (CAB) is the largest UK aluminium-in-building trade association, with well over 100 members across the supply chain. Throughout its 21 year history CAB has continued to expand its services to members.  In addition to technical information and guidance on regulations, standards and best practices, CAB runs an extensive events programme and is proactive in a number of aluminium and sustainability initiatives in the UK and internationally. 
"Responsible sourcing is a hot topic, with increasing numbers of main contractors and clients asking about the sustainability credentials of our members’ products, which are usually complex assemblies of many different materials, of course including major aluminium components. We see ASI as an important part of the solution and are delighted to join as Associate members. We look forward to ensuring that the ASI Standards can be implemented effectively in our sector and that they are fully recognised throughout the construction value chain. Longer term, we see the ASI Standards as important business improvement tools for our members", said Justin Ratcliffe, Chief Executive.
For more information on CAB's work, see: http://www.c-a-b.org.uk/

IUCN TO RECEIVE FACILITATION AWARD FOR ASI PROCESS 

IUCN, International Union for Conservation of Nature has received a Gold Facilitation Impact Award from the International Association of Facilitators (IAF) for leading the multi-stakeholder process that developed ASI's Performance Standard, launched in December 2014.  The award celebrates the outcome of ASI's standards setting process during 2013-2014, where 28 organisations worked together to define the sustainable Principles and Criteria outlined in the Standard. 

“The ASI Standard, and in particular the spirit of cooperation among the different stakeholders, demonstrates the importance of designing processes that are fit for purpose,” said Giulia Carbone, IUCN’s Business and Biodiversity Programme Deputy Director, who coordinated the project.

“The contribution of a professional facilitator, Gillian Martin Mehers from Bright Green Learning, was a critical ingredient of the project’s success. We found the perfect blend between content and process, which fostered trust building and mutual understanding among the stakeholders, all of whom represented diverse social and economic interests,” Ms Carbone added.

Formed in 1994, the IAF’s mission is to promote the art and practice of professional facilitation. It currently has 1,200 members in more than 63 countries. The Facilitation Impact Awards is a non-competitive, inclusive awards programme designed to highlight how organisations have successfully used facilitation to bring about positive and valuable impact.

For more information, see: 
www.iaf-world.org/
www.iucn.org 

FORTHCOMING EVENTS

Metal Bulletin International Aluminium Conference - Vancouver, 21 September 2015

A reminder that ASI will be holding a workshop at the International Aluminium Conference in Vancouver, on Monday 21 September from 1.30-3.30pm. The session will update the aluminium industry on ASI and the business case for taking it on board, plus work on ASI standards and the development of the assurance model for third-party certification along the value chain.

For more information, see:  http://www.metalbulletin.com/events/international-aluminium-conference/agenda.html
ASI Briefing - London, 12 October 2015

ASI will be holding a briefing meeting for all interested stakeholders in London on Monday 12 October, 2015, from 2.30-4pm.  The meeting is being kindly hosted by Rexam PLC, 4 Millbank, London SW1P 3XR.

The session will provide an overview of ASI's continuing development as a third party certification program, including its work to date in standards setting, and the development of its governance, membership and assurance models.  All are welcome!

To RSVP your attendance, please email:  michelle@aluminium-stewardship.org 
New ASI Events Calendar!

To keep up to date on upcoming ASI events, including more details on the above, visit the new searchable ASI Events Calendar on the our website:

http://aluminium-stewardship.org/events/ 

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