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ASI News - September 2019 

ASI membership hits 100!

With the addition of Greatview Aseptic Packaging as a new Industrial User member, we are delighted to announce that ASI membership has reached 100 members in September 2019.  Since starting with only 13 members at incorporation in June 2015, ASI’s ongoing growth reflects a shared commitment to maximising the contribution of aluminium to a sustainable society.

With three new members joining ASI in September 2019 (TRIMET Aluminium SA, Settle Ghana and Greatview Aseptic Packaging), we celebrate reaching the milestone of 100 ASI Members. We are proud to have such a growing, diverse, and engaged group of members who are demonstrating their commitment to sustainability issues.  



You can read more about each of our three newest members this month in the 'ASI Membership News' article below. 

We look forward to continuing to welcome new members in all membership classes and from all over the world! 

New ASI Governance Handbook V2

ASI is committed to developing and implementing good governance practices on behalf of its multi-stakeholder membership.  During 2019, ASI has been conducting a formal Governance Review, to identify opportunities for improvement and clarification in our processes.  This month, the ASI Board approved a new version 2 of the ASI Governance Handbook.

The ASI Governance Handbook provides a detailed overview of the design and implementation of the ASI governance model. The new version 2 of the Handbook incorporates some comprehensive updates, particularly in the areas of culture, conduct and decision making. 

Highlights include:

  • A new ASI Code of Conduct applicable to all participants in ASI governance
  • A new section on ASI Culture and Conduct setting out key values and principles
  • Expanded guidance on processes for consensus based decision making
  • Expanded section on managing conflicts of interest
  • Expanded discussion of the role of the ASI Board and Directors' responsibilities
  • Noting the ability of the ASI Board to create Working Groups on general topics of interest
  • Updates to various Committees' and IPAF's Terms of Reference
  • Introduction of a new ASI training requirement for nominees to the Standards Committee, commencing from the 2020 election cycle
  • Clarifications on member voting and election processes

The revisions were developed by drawing on ASI's annual governance surveys of members, input from ASI's various governance groups, and reviews of recent literature to identify emerging best practice approaches.

Download a copy of the ASI Governance Handbook 

ASI Independent Director appointment

ASI has a Board of 8 Directors, 2 elected from each of ASI's three full membership classes (Production and Transformation, Industrial Users and Civil Society), plus 2 Independent Directors.  Following a three-year term as an Independent Director, Heather Campbell has stepped down this month and Anita Roper has been appointed as a new Independent Director for ASI.

During her term, Heather was Chair of the ASI Governance Committee and brought wisdom and good counsel to the Board's deliberations throughout ASI's early development years.  She leaves ASI with a positive legacy of good governance practices and mentorship, and is sincerely thanked by her colleagues on the Board and ASI as a whole for her significant contributions to our organisation. 

From September 2019, ASI is delighted to welcome Anita Roper as a new Independent Director. Anita is an experienced board director and has focused on organisational governance roles since 2011. Previously she had over 30 years’ experience in senior management roles working with business, governments, communities and multi-lateral agencies in Australia, Canada, UK and USA, including in the aluminium sector.  We are looking forward to her participation in the ASI Board for the next stage of ASI's journey.


See more on the ASI Board.

ASI Certifications update

In September, we announced one new certification against the ASI Chain of Custody Standard. Two members extended existing certifications to include additional facilities.

  1. Jiangsu Zhongji Lamination Materials Co., Ltd, has achieved Certification to the ASI Chain of Custody certified for post-casthouse activities at its facility in Jiangyin City, China. Consult the summary audit report
     
  2. Rio Tinto extended their Chain of Custody Standard certificate #4 to include their Kitimat Smelting facility. Consult the updated summary audit report
     
  3. Hydro Extruded Solutions extended their Performance Standard certificate #23 to include five additional facilities: Nenzing (Austria), Toulouse (France), Rackwitz and Uphusen (Germany), and aluminium tubing operation in Lichtervelde (Belgium). Consult the updated summary audit report.

Human Rights Due Diligence Webinar 


In September we recorded a webinar with Vanessa Zimmerman of Pillar-Two for a discussion on Human Rights Due Diligence and ASI. Vanessa was part of the core drafting team for the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights upon which the ASI’s human rights standards are based, and spent seven years as Rio Tinto’s Group Human Rights Advisor.  Vanessa was joined by Siobhan Toohill, Group Head of Sustainability at the Westpac Group (banking sector) to explore practical challenges as well as unexpected opportunities in implementing human rights due diligence.  

The recording is being edited and will be available on Friday 27 September. Keep an eye on our Twitter feed or visit the ASI educationAl page.

ASI MEMBERSHIP NEWS

In September, ASI membership attained a major milestone as we welcomed Greatview Aseptic Packaging as the 100th ASI member! In addition, we welcomed Settle Ghana (Civil Society) and Trimet Aluminium (Production & Transformation) as ASI's 99th and 98th members respectively. For more information about ASI membership, please visit the Join ASI page on our website! 

Greatview Aseptic Packaging

Greatview Aseptic Packaging is an international, publicly listed company supplying goods and services to the aseptic liquid food industry with cost-effective carton packaging materials, filling machines and spare parts.

“Social benefit and environmental sustainability are integral to our processes and our business, and Greatview Aseptic Packaging is committed to benefitting the lives of those whom we touch. Care for the environment and working towards sustainability has always been a priority at Greatview, and the company has been recognised internationally as a leader in our industry for its forward-thinking approach.”

Find more information on Greatview Aseptic Packaging on their ASI Member page.

Settle Ghana

Settle Ghana is a registered NGO that defends the rights of the indigenous people irrespective of their tribe, religion, race or political orientation.

“For us at Settle Ghana, it is an honor and a privilege to be the first CSO in Africa to join the almighty ASI family. We hope to use this rare opportunity to champion the dreams, hopes and aspirations of Indigenous People of Ghana to live a fair and a dignified life. ” – Abu Karimu

Find more information on Settle Ghana on their ASI Member page.

Trimet Aluminium SE

TRIMET develops, manufactures, recycles, casts, and markets modern lightweight aluminium metal products in seven locations in Germany and France.

“TRIMET is pleased to join the Aluminium Stewardship Initiative (ASI). As an independent family-owned company with a long-term outlook, we intend to contribute to the future development of ASI standards, because we are convinced that ASI sets the internationally recognized industrial benchmark for responsibly-sourced aluminium.” – Philipp Schlüter, CEO, TRIMET Aluminium SE

Find more information on Trimet on their ASI Member page.

UPCOMING EVENTS

In-Person Training: London, November 4, 2019

Join us in London on November 4 for a day-long members training workshop.  The training will cover the entire ASI experience from membership to selling ASI material.  We will look at preparing for the audit, which requirements apply to you depending on your supply chain activities, and how to navigate the chain of custody system.  The workshop is free for ASI members, and USD100 for non-members.  

Registration is capped at 20 people.  If you're interested in attending, please contact Krista as soon as possible!

In-Person Training: UAE, November 14, 2019

Join us in Dubai (hosted by ASI Member EGA at one of their training centres in Jebel Ali) on November 14 for a day-long members training. The training will cover the entire ASI experience from membership to selling ASI material. We will look at preparing for the audit, which requirements apply to you and how to navigate the chain of custody system and USD100 for non-members.  

If you're interested in attending, please contact Krista as soon as possible!

ASI Annual General Meeting 2020 - Save the Date! 

ASI's 2020 AGM Week will be held in Longkou, Shandong province in China, during the week of May 18, 2020.  We greatly appreciate the support of the Nanshan Group in hosting our 2020 meetings.

Don't forget to add the date to your calendars for 2020, as it promises to be another great ASI event!

Find more information on the 2020 ASI AGM

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