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ASI News - September 2022

D&R Insights: Latest ASI Non-Conformance data

ASI Certified Entities are closing Non-Conformances (NCs) under the ongoing assurance program, demonstrating Performance Standard Certification is a driver for change. 75% of NCs are closed within 12-18 months, while NCs relating to GHG emissions and waste management are taking longer.

The latest analysis of Non-Conformances (NCs) found during ASI Performance Standard (V2, 2017) audits, undertaken between January 2018 (program launch) and June 2022, has identified some key findings, such as:

  • Principle 6 Emissions - Effluents & Waste, Principle 2 - Policy & Management, and Principle 5 - GHG Emissions yielded the highest number of both Major and Minor NCs across all Entities.
  • Major Non-Conformances (resulting in Provisional Certification only being awarded) were identified for 9 Entities, mainly under Principle 8 Biodiversity, Principle 1 Business Integrity, Principle 2 Policy & Management, Principle 4 Material Stewardship, Principle 10 Labour Rights, and Principle 11 Occupational Health & Safety.
  • Certified Entities with NCs improve their performance before subsequent (surveillance) audits: more than 75% of Non-Conformances were addressed within 12-18 months, with the highest proportion under Principle 7 Water Stewardship (91% of a total 11 NCs closed), Principle 2 Policy & Management (90% of 31 NCs closed), and Principle 10 Labour Rights (87% of 23 NCs closed).

The analysis also explores the corrective actions Entities undertake in response to audit NCs.

>> Find more analysis and infographics in the full article  

Out of all closed Non-Conformances, 98% were addressed during a surveillance audit with just a few during re-certification.

ASI endorses Mission Possible Partnership's Sector Transition Strategy for Aluminium sector

The Aluminium Transition Strategy from Mission Possible Partnership (MPP) is an ambitious but achievable plan, detailing what the global aluminium industry could look like in a zero-carbon world, and what is required to get there in terms of energy, infrastructure, financing, and policy.

Signatories to the report include ASI Members Alcoa, Aluminerie Alouette, Alumina Limited, Aluminium Association of Canada (AAC), Aluminium Dunkerque, Australian Aluminium Council, Ball, Companhia Brasileira de Alumínio, Constellium, Emirates Global Aluminium, European Aluminium, Hindalco Industries Ltd, Hydro, Novelis, and Rio Tinto.

MPP’s strategy deploys a combination of low carbon power, new technology for smelters and refineries, increased recycling and improving material efficiency to drive rapid decarbonisation, while also meeting increased demand over the coming decades.

>> More information on MPP STS for aluminium  

Andrew Wood joins ASI Secretariat

ASI is delighted to announce the appointment of Andrew Wood in the new position of ASI Director of Sustainable Investment and Legal, commencing 3 October 2022.

Andrew will be responsible for driving ASI’s engagement with the sustainable finance and investment sector, acting as ASI’s internal legal counsel and taking on a joint Company Secretary role with the CEO. Supporting this work, he will gather and analyse market information and contribute to ASI’s quest to transform global aluminium supply chains to mitigate ESG risks. He will also assist with ASI’s Beyond Certification strategic pillar.

Andrew was Group Executive Strategy and Business Development at Alumina Limited, where he gained 14 years’ aluminium industry experience. This followed around 20 years’ experience at Sibelco and WMC in resource company legal, commercial and EHS roles. Andrew holds Bachelors of Laws and Arts from Monash University and a Graduate Diploma of Applied Corporate Governance from the Governance Institute of Australia

Find out more about the members of the ASI Secretariat on our website.

Abralatas Member Story: The circular model of aluminium beverage cans in Brazil


In this new Member Story, Cátilo Cândido, the CEO at Abralatas, shares how the Every Can Counts (Cada Lata Conta) program was brought to Brazil in 2021.

The Brazilian recycling system starts with the 800,000 people that collect used beverage cans (among other waste materials) for recycling. The recycling cooperatives and waste pickers are the backbone of Brazil’s circular economy, carrying out an environmental service of selective waste collection across Brazil’s 27 states, helping to sort and divert recyclable materials out of the waste stream.  This environmental service is driven by an economic imperative for the waste-pickers, for whom the used can is a valuable resource. The results of their work – the materials that are recycled back into productive use – saves material from landfill and reduces the CO2 emissions of the Brazilian industry. 

An effective recycling system requires the engagement of several actors, namely: consumers, waste pickers, governments, entities, and companies. Therefore, in 2021 Abralatas brought the Every Can Counts program to Brazil. In Brazil, the social aspect of recycling is one of the pillars of the Program. Every Can Counts for the environment, responsible consumption, and, most importantly, people’s lives. The message that the program intends to convey is that small actions, when added up, can make a significant change. This message has been promoted on social media, streets, at big concerts, public parks, and other interventions, as part of a massive awareness raising campaign.

Read the full Member Story on the ASI website.

educationAL learning courses updated to reflect 2022 Standards

With the launch of the 2022 ASI Standards, the educationAL team has been busy updating our learning courses to reflect the criteria in the new Standards. Access the updated modules below on the educationAL platform:

If you have any questions, don't hesitate to contact the educationAL team.

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The Species Threat Abatement and Restoration Metric (STAR): How ASI Members can use IBAT and STAR to manage risks and reduce threats to biodiversity

The Species Threat Abatement and Restoration Metric (STAR) is a new metric, available through the Integrated Biodiversity Assessment Tool (IBAT), that easily allows organisations to identify areas where actions to abate threats or restore habitat can help reduce species extinction risk and contribute to conservation targets. STAR supports the establishment of science-based targets for species biodiversity, and corporate commitments to nature positive action, and was introduced as an illustrative metric in the latest release of the Taskforce on Nature-related Financial Disclosures (TNFD) Beta Framework.

Cameron Jones, Director of Assurance will be joined by Ben Jobson, IBAT Programme Officer, who will deliver a presentation of STAR, and provide details on how organisations can calculate STAR scores from the site to the portfolio and supply chain level. Join us for this live webinar and Q&A on STAR and how it can be applied by ASI Members.

Date: 18 October, 2022
Time: 11AM London • 12PM Berlin • 9PM Melbourne 
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Grievance mechanisms: a training for practitioners

Grievance mechanisms form a key component of effective stakeholder engagement efforts by offering a channel for various stakeholders to raise concerns about existing or potential adverse human rights impacts of business activities. The Aluminium Stewardship Initiative (ASI), BSR, The Copper Mark and the Responsible Minerals Initiative (RMI) have developed in partnership a training for practitioners on establishing, improving and running grievance mechanisms.

In this presentation, ASI, Copper Mark and RMI will outline their respective requirements regarding grievance mechanisms in their Standards, and BSR will introduce the recently developed training and how it will practically support businesses in implementing and/or improving their own grievance mechanism(s).

Date: 25 October, 2022
Time: 1PM London • 2PM Berlin • 8AM New York 
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Critical Ecosystem Areas: Better biodiversity metrics for business

Despite a proliferation of standards and guidance for business on biodiversity and ecosystem services, including within ASI’s Performance Standard, there is often a gap between the adoption of principles and high quality outcomes for biodiversity following implementation. It is important to address this gap, as biodiversity loss is increasing globally.

Countries are recognising a need to address biodiversity loss through the Global Biodiversity Framework (GBF) currently under development.

The COMBO Program is working with countries to encourage policy which supports biodiversity targets of No Net Loss or a Net Gain following development. Application of such policy by developers requires accessible biodiversity data to identify the required actions.

As governments from around the world prepare to meet in December to agree to a new set of goals for nature for the coming decade, ASI Standards Committee member and Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) Senior Advisor, Dr. Hugo Rainey joins the ASI Secretariat to explore the new tools and metrics available to policymakers and industry to enable impactful decision-making against a backdrop of complex and diverse ecosystems and communities.

This 45 Minutes on... session will be held twice to enable participation in all time zones.

Session 1
Date: 8 November, 2022
Time: 8AM GMT • 9AM CET • 7PM AEDT 
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You can also register for the Americas session starting at 5pm London:

Session 2
Date: 
8 November, 2022
Time: 5PM GMT • 12PM EST • 9AM PST
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Watch the recording: 45 minutes on... Emerging ESG paradigm shifts in industry

In this session Dr. Raj Aseervatham reflects on the forces shaping the availability of capital related to ESG and emerging market sensitivities to ESG factors in metals commodities.

The discussion covers the mining and metals industry responses to these changes, what is happening now and what may be yet to come. It also explores the paradigm shifts in industry needed to keep pace with, and ahead of, potential ESG trajectories. 

>> Watch the recorded session

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ASI CERTIFICATION NEWS

In September, ASI Members achieved 6 new certifications, with several more in the announcement pipeline. 

  1. Alu-met GmbH has achieved ASI Chain of Custody (CoC) Standard V2 (2017) Certification for the production of extrusion billets from recycled aluminium scrap at its production sites of Aluminium GmbH Nachrodt (Germany) and Speedline Aluminium-Gießerei GmbH (Austria), and the relevant functions at Head Office in Austria. Consult the media release.
     
  2. REAL ALLOY has achieved ASI Chain of Custody (CoC) Standard V1 (2017) Certification for the recycling of aluminium scrap and production of wrought and foundry alloys in Germany at its Grevenbroich and Deizisau plants, plus central strategic, administrative, and service functions managed by REAL ALLOY Europe Headquarters in Grevenbroich. Consult the media release.
     
  3. Alcoa has achieved ASI Performance Standard V2 (2017) Certification at its Poços de Caldas, Brazil operations. The activities at the site include bauxite mining, alumina refining, aluminium remelting and casting of ingots and billets, as well as the production of aluminium powder. Consult the media release.
     
  4. Gerhardi AluTechnik GmbH has achieved ASI Performance Standard V2 (2017) Certification with a focus on Material Stewardship for the production and sale of semi-finished aluminium profiles at their operation in Luedenscheid, Germany.  Consult the media release.
     
  5. Press Metal International Ltd (PMI), a subsidiary of Press Metal has achieved ASI Performance Standard V2 (2017) Certification with Provisional status for its Casthouse, Extrusion, Anodizing, Powder Coating, PVDF and fabricated extrusion profile production facility in Foshan City, Guangdong Province, China. Consult the media release.
     
  6. Magna PT S.p.A. has achieved ASI Performance Standard V2 (2017) Certification with a focus on Material Stewardship for the production of automotive transmissions at its Modugno, Italy plant. Consult the media release.
See updated data on what we've achieved so far on our outcomes and impacts page. Consult our certified members page for a full overview of certified members, or the certification map to see where certified facilities are located.

ASI MEMBERSHIP NEWS

In September, ASI welcomed five Production & Transformation members, and three Industrial User members, bringing the total number of ASI members to 257.  

Statistics on the current ASI Members (among other data) can be accessed in a new interactive graphic on our Outcomes Dashboard.

Read more about our new members below, and for more information about ASI membership, please visit the Join ASI page on our website! 

Nanjing Chervon Auto Precision Technology Co., Ltd.

Chervon is mainly engaged in the research and development, production and sales of key automotive components. It has gradually formed a product system centered on... Read more.

"Energy saving and emission reduction, build a bright future for the automotive field. Chervon is committed to environmental leadership in all of its business activities, which is the key element of the company’s efforts to achieve results consistent with environmental sustainability, and ensures the company is vigilant in protecting the environment across all of its operations."

– Oliver Zhang, General Manager of Chervon Auto

Find more information on Nanjing Chervon Auto Precision Technology Co., Ltd. on their ASI Member page in the Industrial Users Class.

GGR GLOBAL GREENWAY RECYCLING

The focus of GGR is to create hundred percent recycled Aluminum semi-finished materials of high quality. Our priority is to reuse and repurpose all of our pre-sourced post-consumer Aluminum scrap... Read more.

“As an Aluminum recycling facility, our priority is transparency and due diligence. This would not be feasible without the existence of programs like the ones offered by the Aluminium Stewardship Initiative. Our commitment to a sustainable society and ASI global efforts work conjointly in the pursuit of a greater Aluminum Market."

– Wilson Trilha, Founder

Find more information on GGR GLOBAL GREENWAY RECYCLING on their ASI Member page in the Production and Transformation Class.

RIOBERG INTERNATIONAL TRADE CO.

Our mission is to provide our customers world class Aluminum and Aluminum semi-finished and finished products, to help reduce carbon emissions, lower annual costs, and surpass sustainability benchmarks all at once.... Read more.

“Since Rioberg’s conception, we understand the value of a circular economy within the Aluminum Market, and the impact of our commitment to sustainability. Undoubtedly, ASI’s beliefs and mission aligns with our organization and our pursuit to protect the environment, empower people, and get results the right way—today and tomorrow."

– Gilvana Trilha, Founder

Find more information on RIOBERG INTERNATIONAL TRADE CO. on their ASI Member page in the Industrial Users Class.

Ningbo Xusheng Auto Technology Co.,Ltd

Ningbo Xusheng Automotive Co.Ltd. is committed to the field of new energy vehicles and automotive lightweighting, engaged in the research and development, production and sales of precision aluminum alloy automotive parts and industrial parts.... Read more.

“We are committed to be the global leader in the field of new energy light weight for automobiles, covering three major processes of aluminum alloy die-casting, forging and extrusion, adhering to the core values of persistence, surpassing, happiness and gratitude, Ningbo Xusheng has the responsibility and obligation to contribute to the sustainable development of the world! Joining ASI is regarded as an important milestone and also a solemn commitment to society, we will try our best to promote energy saving and emission reduction and green development."

– Vice-President Xu Xidong

Find more information on Ningbo Xusheng Auto Technology Co.,Ltd on their ASI Member page in the Production and Transformation Class.

Zhejiang Huashuo Technology Co.,Ltd

Located in Beilun district, Ningbo City, Zhejiang province of China, Zhejiang Huashuo Technology Co.,Ltd. is committed to provide the semi-solid forming solutions and the lightweight aluminum alloy die-casting parts for... Read more.

“Promote enterprises to establish corresponding guidelines, policies, codes of conduct, management systems and systems to meet the requirements of relevant sustainability standards. Encourage enterprises to live up to the commitment to sustainability and improve capacity and the level of accountability, especially on key issues related to governance, environment and society. To enable businesses to get a good return on investment from mainstream investors. Reduce risks in non-financial areas such as corporate ethics and environment. Finally, realize enterprise value-add."

– Charles Li, QEHS Vice President

Find more information on Zhejiang Huashuo Technology Co.,Ltd  on their ASI Member page in the Production and Transformation Class.

Zhengzhou Guandong Aluminum Industry Co., Ltd.

Zhengzhou Guandong Aluminum Co., Ltd. was established in 2015, located in Zhengzhou City, Henan Province, specializing in the production and supply of aluminum sheet and foil... Read more.

“First, while practicing the principle of low carbon and environmental protection, we want to do our part to maximize the contribution of aluminum to a sustainable society. Second, we want to standardize the internal management system of enterprises and become an enterprise that makes customers more satisfied."

– Yuwu Wang, General Manager

Find more information on Zhengzhou Guandong Aluminum Industry Co., Ltd. on their ASI Member page in the Production and Transformation Class.

Swisstek Aluminium Limited

Swisstek Aluminium was founded in 2009 and is part of the Vallibel One and Lankatiles group. At Swisstek Aluminum we offer not only a wide range of Aluminum solutions, but also tailor-made solutions for all market sectors... Read more.

“Multi-dimensional initiatives taken by ASI to drive factors related with environment, social and governance will nurture the Aluminium industry and enhance sustainability. We are humbly proud to embark on this journey with ASI to make the earth a better place for every living being."

– Tharindu Atapattu, Chief Executive Officer

Find more information on Swisstek Aluminium Limited on their ASI Member page in the Production and Transformation Class.

Rongtai Industrial Development Leon, S. de R.L. de C.V

Rongtai Industrial Development Leon, S. de R.L. de C.V. specialises in the aluminium die casting and machining process.... Read more.

“Through continuous efforts Rongtai Industrial is aligned with environmental initiatives to protect natural resources, and reduce and minimize environmental impacts, as much as possible. The company adheres to the international environmental standards, and the business management philosophy to keep our world safe for future generations. "

– Shen Sheng, General Director

Find more information on Rongtai Industrial Development Leon, S. de R.L. de C.V on their ASI Member page in the Industrial Users Class.

UPCOMING EVENTS

Upcoming ASI Secretariat event participation

ASI Secretariat members are participating in several upcoming events with virtual or in-person presentations. Details on dates, times, content and info on how to join the sessions are published on our events page when they become available. 

Aluminium 2022 Düsseldorf

As in previous years, ASI is participating at the ALUMINIUM trade fair in the sessions (twice on September 29), and as an Industry Partner.

Penda Diallo, ASI Qualitative Research Manager, will be contributing twice within the Speakers Corner Innovation Plaza under the Sustainability and Recycling theme.  She will speak in the Gender and Inclusion panel session on September 29 at 10:00 am CEST, and then later in the Raw Materials panel session at @ 1:00 pm CEST. Thad Mermer, ASI Communications Manager and Vicky Tran, Assurance and Accreditation Manager will also be attending the event to meet with ASI Members. 

Find out more about ASI's participation on our event page.

 

AZ Global Aluminium Virtual Conference 2022

ASI will be participating at the upcoming AZ Global Aluminium Online Conference 2022.

Fiona Solomon, ASI CEO, Chris Bayliss, ASI Director of Standards and future ASI Secretariat member Andrew Wood, ASI Director of Sustainable Investment and Legal, will be speaking as panellists in the following sessions:

  1. Fiona Solomon -- When the Public Demands Answers: How is aluminium making the world a better place? • November 9 @ 7:00 am – 8:00 am UTC
  2. Chris Bayliss -- Wealth Flows from Energy and Ideas: The future is green energy. How can we get there? • November 9 @ 8:30 am – 9:15 am UTC
  3. Andrew Wood -- Green or not Green: How long before the whole world is producing green alumina? What is the supply and demand in the meantime? • November 10 @ 8am - 8:40 am UTC

Find out more about ASI's participation on our event page.

 

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