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ASI News - August 2016


Sustainability standards - long-term trends

In 2010, the ISEAL Alliance, AccountAbility and SECO reviewed ten important trends shaping the continually evolving landscape for voluntary sustainability standards. Six years later, these issues are still relevant to current and emerging programs such as ASI.

Challenges and opportunities facing standards systems today include:
  • continued proliferation of standards, both within and across sectors, supply chains and materials
  • scaling up supply of 'sustainable' production to meet demand, with challenges relating to scalability of certification models
  • climate change as a cross-cutting issue for all stakeholders
  • human rights due diligence in supply chains
  • participation of emerging economies
  • increasing role of governments using voluntary standards as a quasi-regulatory mechanism
  • the importance of collecting and publishing data on impacts of standards programs and the increasing global focus on transparency
  • leveraging the increasing sophistication and accessibility of IT platforms as a tool for innovation
ASI is looking to tackle these as best it can in its certification program design. Our Harmonisation and Benchmarking Working Group is reviewing opportunities for recognition of related standards. The GHG Working Group is focused on how ASI standards address climate change, developing additional guidance for implementation. The ASI Standards Committee continues to work through the next draft of the Chain of Custody Standard, which is targeted to be released for public comment in October 2016. And the ASI Board is reviewing longer-term opportunities and challenges in the development of the next iteration of ASI's strategic plan.

There is no question that sustainability standards operate in an extremely complex environment, where markets, regulation and stakeholder expectations intersect. However many sectors with active standards programs can demonstrate a growing positive impact of assurance, certification and capacity building initiatives over time. ASI's vision - to maximise the contribution of aluminium to a sustainable society - continues to drive our work and embeds a desire to achieve long-term impact.

Visit the ASI website to find out more about ASI's Activities and Plans for 2016-17, as we work to develop an independent third-party certification program for aluminium. Contact ASI to learn more about how to get involved as an ASI Member: 


New ASI Board member and Standards Committee member

ASI warmly welcomes newly elected participants in its governance structure.
  • Jan Boekelman, Treasurer of the Chimbo Foundation, has become an ASI Director on behalf of the Civil Society membership class.  Jan brings strong international and multinational exposure in both business and NGO positions. His bio notes that he has held a number of supervisory board positions, building up extensive knowledge and experience in corporate governance, risk management, strategy development and financial management and oversight. In addition to his role at Chimbo Foundation, he is also currently Finance Director/CFO and member of the Supervisory Board of EBN B.V., the Dutch state-owned investment company. More on the ASI Board 
  • Jerome Lucaes, Marketing Director, Sustainability at UC Rusal has become a member of the ASI Standards Committee on behalf of the Production and Transformation membership class.  Jerome has 22 years of international business experience, with 15 years in the Aluminium industry (including 7 years in downstream and 8 years in upstream), in various roles of product management, R&D management, sales, marketing, supply-chain management, and market strategy. Jerome worked for Pechiney / Alcan / Rio Tinto until 2015 and joined Rusal in February 2016. More on the ASI Standards Committee


The Aluminium Federation (ALFED) joins ASI

ASI is delighted to announce that the Aluminium Federation (ALFED), the UK aluminium association, has joined as an Associations member.

ALFED is the trade association that represents the interests of the whole of the UK aluminium industry. ALFED has more than 70 member companies drawn from every sector of the UK aluminium industry, from primary production and secondary refining through to fabrication, finishing, distribution, stockholding and recycling. Members also include companies supplying the aluminium sector, and those manufacturing in aluminium.

“The Aluminium Federation supports the drive towards transparency in the production of aluminium, and believes this can only increase in importance. Some of our members, such as Alcoa, Rio Tinto and JLR are members of ASI in their own right, and we look forward to engaging with the ASI and informing our members about its development,” said Will Savage, Chief Executive.


Standards Committee minutes

Minutes of ASI Standards Committee meetings are published on the ASI website, once they are approved at the following meeting.  The minutes for 15 June 2016 and 2 August 2016 are now available at:

Video interview

The Aluminum Association filmed an interview in June between their CEO, Heidi Brock and ASI Executive Director, Fiona Solomon, about 'the business case for ASI', which is now available at: 

Indigenous Peoples Advisory Forum

The report from the April 2016 Indigenous Peoples Advisory Forum meeting held in Kuantan, Malaysia, is now available at:


Over the coming months, ASI will present at the following events: Follow the links to find out more on the ASI Event Calendar.


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