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ASI News - May 2015

Defining ASI's Intended Impact

As an emerging standards system, ASI needs to reflect on its intended sustainability impacts as part of the program's design.  The ISEAL Code of Good Practice for Assessing the Impacts of Social and Environmental Standards ("ISEAL Impacts Code") provides a great framework for this process.  

The ISEAL Impacts Code aims to help standards systems, like ASI, to measure and improve the results of their work.  This helps to ensure that standards are delivering their desired impact. An important first step in the process is thus to define the sustainability impacts and outcomes that a standard desires to achieve.

The ASI Performance Standard, which was launched in December 2014 under the co-ordination of IUCN, already identifies five "hotspots" for the aluminium value chain.  These provide an excellent starting point for considering the desired impact of the standard. These issues and their relevance for different process stages are:
  • Greenhouse gas emissions for refining and smelting
  • Bauxite residues, spent pot lining and dross for refining, smelting, re-melting and casting
  • Biodiversity management for bauxite mining
  • Indigenous rights for bauxite mining and smelting
  • Material stewardship for semi-fabrication, material conversion, re-melting and consumer and commercial goods suppliers.
In the coming months, ASI will be working on a 'theory of change' that can define intended long-term impacts, short and medium-term outcomes, and supporting strategies to achieve them, as well as consider external influencing factors.  We welcome stakeholder interest in this process. Please contact us with comments or questions at:  info@aluminium-stewardship.org

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World Resources Forum - Sydney

The World Resources Forum Asia Pacific is holding a 'Wealth from Waste: Resource Productivity and Innovations' Forum on June 1-3 in Sydney.  ASI Executive Director, Fiona Solomon, will present the Aluminium Stewardship Initiative as part of a WWF-convened Panel session on 'Future Metals'. Find out more at the WRF program page.
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