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ASI News - January 2016

ASI's Activities and Plans for 2016 


ASI's strategic plan has characterised 2016 as a year to "Build, Test and Grow", as part of its four year roadmap from 2015-2018.

Four strategic priorities guide ASI's overall planning:
  • Establish governance:  design and establish ASI's multi-stakeholder governance, setting the foundation for robust and effective organisational engagement and decision-making as an incorporated legal entity.
  • Build systems:  build and implement credible systems for ASI certification through consultative and consensus-building processes, to achieve future ISEAL compliance.
  • Grow membership:  Support the future success of ASI by encouraging membership growth across a range of stakeholder groups and certification uptake throughout the global aluminium value chain.
  • Financial resilience:  Enhance financial resilience of the organisation to enable it to securely plan and positively adjust to risks and changing circumstances.
To support these priorities, major activities for ASI in 2016 include the following:
  • Developing and adopting the definitive ASI Constitution
  • Constituting the new ASI Board and Standards Committee
  • Convening the Indigenous Peoples Advisory Forum
  • Holding ASI's inaugural Annual General Meeting, with keynote sessions open to interested stakeholders
  • Further drafting and consultation on the ASI Chain of Custody standard and an associated Claims Guide
  • Developing and pilot testing the ASI Assurance model and audit protocols using a risk-based approach
  • Convening Workings Groups on Recycling and GHG
  • Developing Standards Guidance for the ASI Performance Standard and Chain of Custody standard
  • Regular outreach, conferences and meetings in key markets and stakeholder events.
Membership growth continues to be a key focus for 2016.  New members from all parts of the aluminium value chain, and from civil society, associations and other supporting organisations are very welcome to join and contribute to ASI's 2016 activities.  ASI Membership is a fantastic opportunity to support and engage in ASI's development of a certification program that will recognise and collaboratively foster responsible production, sourcing and stewardship of aluminium.

For more information on standards activities planned for 2016, visit the ASI website.

Find out more about ASI Membership here or contact ASI.

BUSINESS CASES FOR SUSTAINABILITY STANDARDS

ISEAL Alliance research

Companies have identified the value of sustainability standards for their business in five key areas:
  • Making complex supply chains more understandable. This included providing better traceability, simplifying what is asked of suppliers by using agreed standards and generating better relations with producers.
  • Mitigating risk. Rigorous auditing, transparency of origin, and outsourcing assurance of responsible practices to local experts helped companies mitigate risks of sourcing from complex supply chains.
  • Ensuring sustainable supply for the whole industry. Companies have noted that by their investment in certification, they were strengthening the reputation and ensuring a sustainable future for the whole sector.
  • Meeting consumer expectations. By communicating compliance with sustainability standards, companies said they were increasing consumer awareness of sustainable sourcing and creating market differentiation for their products.
  • Reflecting a company’s values and heritage. As well as aligning companies’ goals with their values and maintaining trust, certification also provided a way to engage more deeply with employees.
To read individual interviews with companies from a range of sectors, on why they see value in sustainabillity standards, visit the ISEAL website.

FORTHCOMING EVENTS

The Aluminium Stewardship Initiative (ASI) will hold its inaugural Annual General Meeting (AGM) on Tuesday April 26, 2016 at the Audi Forum, Ingolstadt, Germany.  We hope to see you there!

This free event is open to industry, civil society and all interested organisations.  It will provide the opportunity to network with a wide range of stakeholders in the aluminium value chain, and connect with ASI's work to develop sustainability standards for the sector. 

The day's agenda includes:
  • Formal AGM proceedings (ASI members only)
  • Keynote speakers on aluminium, sustainability and voluntary standards
  • Updates on ASI's work to develop a certification program covering sustainability performance and chain of custody for aluminium
  • Audi factory tours, hosted in French, German and English.
Keynote speakers will include Karin Kreider, Executive Director of the ISEAL Alliance, the global association for sustainability standards.  Karin will speak on the big picture opportunities and challenges for sustainability standards like ASI.

Registrations are now open at:
http://aluminium-stewardship.org/asi-agm-2016-registration/

Register now as places are limited to 100.  There is no cost to attend.

Questions?  Please contact info@aluminium-stewardship.org

ALUSOLUTIONS - ABU DHABI

AluSolutions 2016, the only free exhibition and conference addressing sustainability challenges in aluminium production and processing, has announced Dr Fiona Solomon, Executive Director of the Aluminium Stewardship Initiative (ASI), as a keynote speaker.
 
Dr Solomon brings nearly 20 years of experience in sustainability and corporate social responsibility to her role at the ASI and will present on how the industry can address the environmental, social and governance aspects of the aluminium value chain.
 
Other speakers announced so far, include a representative from European Aluminium, Sustainability Consultant Melanie Williams, Graham Bruce from Taha International Corporation, as well as a representative from the Bureau for Middle East Recycling.
 
Event details
The two-day exhibition, being held on 10-11 May 2016 at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre, will host equipment OEMs, plant suppliers, smelters and recyclers, while the conference will present speakers from around the world to discuss growing sustainability across the industry, recycling targets, case studies, technological innovations and a look at what the future might hold.
 
DIARY DATE for event calendars:
Name of event: AluSolutions
Date of event: 10-11 May 2016
Venue: Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre, UAE
Website: www.alusolutions.com
Registration: This event is free to attend
Twitter: @AluSolutions
 
For more information on attending or conference and exhibition opportunities, please contact:
E: nadinefirth@quartzltd.com
T: +44 (0) 1737 855 115

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