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ASI News - February 2017

 

ASI Program development update

Over the next ten months, ASI will be laser-focused on finalising its certification program. Here's an overview of what's on the agenda.

ASI Standards -- the Performance Standard and Chain of Custody Standard -- will undergo further review, public consultation and finalisation in 2017. The key documents and their status are:
  • ASI Performance Standard: version 1 was launched in December 2014. The ASI Standards Committee are currently working on a minor revision for version 2, to be launched by year end. The intent of the revision is to integrate the Performance Standard into the broader certification program, and enhance clarity and auditability. 
  • Guidance for Performance Standard: draft Guidance chapters have also been developed for the Performance Standard, with the aim of supporting consistent interpretation and effective implementation. 
  • Chain of Custody Standard: comments received in the recent public consultation are currently being integrated into a draft 4. 
  • Guidance for Chain of Custody Standard: a range of useful comments and clarifications from the public consultation input are also being used to improve the draft Guidance.
All of the above documents will be gathering input from the Standards Committee and Working Groups over the next two months, and will be made available for public consultation in Q2 2017. More information on the public consultation plan can be found in the next news article.

The ASI assurance model is being laid out in the ASI Assurance Manual, an 80-page document designed to be an introduction and 'how-to' for members and auditors as they approach the ASI certification process. The current draft is being shared with ASI members as they consider their preparations for a Pilot Program, scheduled for July-September 2017.

The Pilot will be conducted through the ASI Assurance Platform, an online database platform currently in development by the ASI Secretariat. We anticipate being able to show a demo of the Assurance Platform at the Montreal AGM event in April.

Overall, the coming months are the time in the program development process when details get finessed, uncertainties clarified, ideas and processes tested, and ultimately consensus built on the final design. It's certainly keeping our small team very busy and we appreciate the support and contributions of members and stakeholders to the process.

Please contact the ASI Secretariat with any questions or comments: 
info@aluminium-stewardship.org  

2017 Standards Consultation Plan
 

ASI has published a 2017 Consultation Plan as part of the target finalisation of its certification program by year-end.

The Plan is available to download from ASI's website and sets out our consultation plan for 2017, covering two standards:
  • ASI Performance Standard – Version 2 (minor revision of previously published version)
  • ASI Chain of Custody Standard – Version 1 (draft 4)
ASI plans to hold 60 day consultation periods simultaneously for both standards in approximately May-June 2017, to enable an integrated review by stakeholders and consideration of comments received, ahead of a planned pilot program.

Key dates are:
  • ASI Standards Committee meeting – 5-7 April 2017
  • ASI Standards – public consultation on latest drafts of Performance Standard and CoC Standard – May-June 2017
  • Pilot program – July-September 2017
  • Committee review of all feedback – September-October 2017
  • Adoption of final standards – target November/December 2017.
We welcome questions and feedback on this Plan.

ASI MEMBERSHIP NEWS

ASI's membership has grown with 2 new members this month bringing our total to 44. For more information about becoming an ASI member, visit the Join ASI page on our website!

Emirates Global Aluminium joins ASI as Production and Transformation member
 

Emirates Global Aluminium (“EGA”) is a jointly-held, equal-ownership company formed by Mubadala Development Company of Abu Dhabi and the Investment Corporation of Dubai by combining their respective aluminium industry interests. EGA’s heritage stretches back to the 1970s and it is the largest industrial company in the UAE outside oil and gas. EGA’s core operating assets are two smelting operations located in Dubai and Abu Dhabi whose combined production capacity of 2.4 million tonnes per annum. EGA also owns Guinea Alumina Corporation (“GAC”), a strategic bauxite mine and alumina refinery development project in West Africa; and is currently developing an alumina refinery in the UAE. EGA has over 300 customers in over 60 countries. EGA has focused on innovation for decades, to continually improve the performance and sustainability of its aluminium smelting process. 

“We have spent decades at EGA continuously improving to build a business that is financially, environmentally and socially sustainable. Joining ASI will help us on the next stage of this journey, and we hope to share some of what we have learned along the way with our industry,” says Abdulla Kalban, Managing Director and CEO.


For more information, visit www.ega.ae
 

The Institute for Human Rights and Business joins ASI as Civil Society member
 

The Institute for Human Rights and Business (IHRB) is the leading international think tank on business and human rights. IHRB’s mission is to shape policy, advance practice and strengthen accountability in order to make respect for human rights part of everyday business. IHRB works across its programs with public and private sector partners in both developing and developed countries. IHRB’s programs are organised around key ‘flows’ fundamental to social and economic development, namely: flows of workers, flows of finance, flows of commodities and flows of information. These underpin in particular IHRB’s work on migrant workers and the financial, extractives and ICT sectors respectively. In addition, IHRB is developing a program on human rights and mega-sporting events and is a founding partner in the development of the first wide-scale benchmark on corporate human rights performance. 

“All businesses have a responsibility to prevent the exploitation of workers taking place, anywhere in their operations. It’s a key part of global supply chain management. The Aluminium Stewardship Initiative provides a dynamic framework for the industry to address some of the important challenges they face," says John Morrison, Chief Executive.


For more information, visit www.ihrb.org 
 

UPCOMING EVENTS

ASI's 2017 Annual General Meeting and Stakeholder Event will be held on Tuesday April 4, 2017 in Montreal, Canada. We already have 70+ registered participants, and a limited number of places are still available. Registrations will close on March 21.

Click the link to Register or paste this address into your browser:
https://aluminium-stewardship.knack.com/asi-agm-2017-montreal#home/

The cost is free for ASI members and USD 100 per person for non-members. This covers the day's events, all meals and an evening cocktail function.

The program will include:
  • Formal AGM proceedings for members
  • Keynote speakers: Steven Guilbeault (Equiterre), Chris Coulter (GlobeScan) and Michael Liebreich (Bloomberg New Energy Finance)
  • Updates on ASI progress
  • Information and consultation opportunities for ASI's standards, and
  • Briefings on the ASI assurance model.
The day will run from 9am for ASI members for the closed AGM session, joining with non-member participants from 10am, and closing at 7pm. More details can be found on the AGM event page.

ASI greatly appreciates the local support of the Aluminium Association of Canada in organising this event. We look forward to seeing many of you in Montreal!

NEW ON THE ASI WEBSITE

New Standards Committee minutes

Minutes of ASI Standards Committee meetings are published on the ASI website. The 7 December 2016 and 7 February 2017 minutes are now available at:
http://aluminium-stewardship.org/asi-standards-committee/

 

Chain of Custody Log of Comments

An initial log of all comments received in the 2016 public consultation is now available on the ASI website at:
https://aluminium-stewardship.org/chain-custody-standard-log-comments/

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