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ASI News - April 2016


ASI Indigenous Peoples Advisory Forum meeting - Malaysia 

On 16-18 April 2016, indigenous organisations met in Kuantan, Malaysia, to discuss the convening of ASI's Indigenous Peoples Advisory Forum (IPAF), which will be a standing forum in ASI's governance. The objectives of the meeting included to share experiences across communities affected by exploration, bauxite mining and processing, and to review and further develop Terms of Reference for the IPAF and its role in ASI governance. Two representatives of the IPAF will serve on the ASI Standards Committee.  

Around 20 participants were drawn from Australia, Cambodia, Guinea, India, Malaysia, Thailand, Suriname and the UK. The meeting was hosted by Jaringan Orang Asal SeMalaysia (JOAS) in partnership with the Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact (AIPP), the Forest Peoples Programme (FPP) and ASI. A field trip to the Kuantan port and to Kampung Mengkapur, a local Orang Asli indigenous community affected by mining and rubber plantation developments, took place on the third day and concluded with a cultural night in the village where participants shared traditional dances and music.

Meeting participants engaged in two days of detailed and productive discussions on ASI's governance, assurance model and complaints mechanism and the future role of the IPAF. The meeting resulted in draft Terms of Reference for the establishment and functioning of the IPAF that will now be circulated for further input from indigenous organisations. In addition, a range of valuable input was brought forward by participants that will be integrated into the development of the ASI assurance model and complaints procedures.

ASI extends sincere thanks to the meeting hosts and organisers, to the Mengkapur Village for their kind hospitality, to the hard-working translators, and to all participants for their time, expertise and thoughtful input. The next IPAF meeting is anticipated in early 2017.

ASI becomes registered Charity

Last week, ASI was officially registered as a Charity with the Australian Charities and Not-for-Profits Commissions (ACNC). The registration has been made effective from the date of ASI's incorporation on 25 June 2015. 

ASI's successful registration relates to its aims for protecting the natural environment, enhancing public welfare, and advancing education. ASI is now one of more than 50,000 registered charities accessible on the ACNC website.  

For more information visit acnc.gov.au 


WWF joins ASI

ASI is delighted to announce that WWF has joined ASI as a Civil Society member. WWF is the world's leading independent conservation organisation. Founded in 1961, it is active in over 100 countries and has more than 5 million supporters internationally.

WWF has been active on mining issues for over 30 years, and participates in a range of voluntary standards initiatives in various sectors including Forest Stewardship Council, Marine Stewardship Council and the Alliance for Water Stewardship.

For more information visit wwf.org.au 

Chimbo Foundation joins ASI

ASI is also delighted to announce that the Chimbo Foundation has joined as a Civil Society member. The objectives of Chimbo are the conservation and where necessary restoration of the chimpanzee population in West Africa and the natural environment in which they live.  

"The Board of Chimbo Foundation has decided to join the ASI because we welcome initiatives of companies to diminish their footprint and want to support them by making our knowledge and expertise available. Chimbo’s mission is the conservation of the West African chimpanzees and their habitat. Guinea Bissau wants to develop bauxite mining in the area of the country where we work. This is an extra incentive for our active participation in the ASI. We have also contributed to the predecessor of the ASI: Responsible Aluminium, and to a committee of ICMM that investigated the performance of its members on their commitment to reduce the impact on biodiversity of their activities,” says Annemarie Goedmakers, President.

For more information visit chimbo.org 

Lavít joins ASI

The third new ASI member to be warmly welcomed this month is Lavít, which has joined as an Industrial Users member. Lavít offers single serve, cold beverage systems for the US commercial and retail markets. The Lavít system allows users to insert 100% recyclable aluminum capsules to create a variety of healthy and great tasting beverages, which include iced teas, lemonades, flavored waters, and energy and sports drinks. 

"Lavít is thrilled to join ASI and looks forward to joining a community that shares our commitment to sustainable aluminum practices,” says Gian Matteo Lo Faro, Founder and Chief Executive Officer.

For more information visit www.drinklavit.com 

ASI doubles membership in 12 months 

With 3 new members this month, ASI membership has grown to 27 members, doubling member numbers over the last twelve months. ASI members are leading organisations across the aluminium value chain, civil society organisations, industry associations and other supporters.

ASI aims to continue strong membership growth in 2016. We encourage new members from all stakeholder groups to join and engage in ASI's exciting and challenging work program: to establish an independent third party certification system for aluminium.  

Find out more about ASI Membership here or contact ASI.


ASI will hold its Annual General Meeting on Tuesday April 26, at the Audi Forum, Ingolstadt, Germany. More than 120 people will be attending the open part of the program and registrations have now closed. If you missed your chance this year, we hope you will consider attending next year!


AluSolutions 2016, the only free exhibition and conference addressing sustainability challenges in aluminium production and processing, 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.

ASI will present a panel of speakers discussing its work and that of its members on May 11. Speakers include Erik Fossum, Norsk Hydro, Roland Dubois, Rio Tinto, Jerome Lucaes, UC Rusal, Ammar Alul, Schüco, and Fiona Solomon, ASI.
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
For more information on attending, please contact:
E: nadinefirth@quartzltd.com
T: +44 (0) 1737 855 115


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