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ASI News - July 2019 

ASI 2019 Governance Review 

Good governance is critical for all organisations to run smoothly and deliver on their mission.  In 2019, ASI's Board is undertaking a formal Governance Review to identify opportunities for improvement and clarification for participants.

Corporate governance refers to the systems and processes put in place to control and monitor – or ‘govern’ – an organisation. ASI's Governance Handbook (2017) provides a detailed overview of the design and implementation of the ASI governance model.  It is aimed at orienting and guiding the various participants in ASI’s governance structure and also enhances transparency of ASI governance to broader stakeholders.

Beyond the formal structures, good governance is embedded in the good conduct and judgement of those who are responsible for decision-making and oversight.  Governance ultimately concerns the relationships of the people involved with an organisation, both between each other and with the organisation itself, and the ways that the expectations of these relationships are understood and met.

It follows, then, that one of the major areas of ASI's Governance Review is to expand the focus on culture and conduct in the ASI Governance Handbook version 2.  A strong culture is an invaluable asset to an organisation and can contribute significantly to an organisation’s ability to achieve its purpose.  The 2019 Governance Review thus aims to provide more direction on ASI's culture and values, expectations of conduct for governance participants, and the features and importance of consensus-building processes.

Taking a 'governance lens' to ASI is proving to be a very valuable exercise.  Since incorporation as an entity in 2015, ASI has conducted annual governance surveys to identify improvement areas, enabling a wide range of topics to be considered.  However, the renewed focus on culture and conduct this year is expected to set an even firmer foundation for ASI's future growth and evolution. 

The Board's Governance Review will continue to be an active area of work over the coming months, and we look forward to sharing the results with our stakeholders as soon as they are ready.

Progress towards ISEAL Full Membership / ISEAL Global Sustainability Standards Symposium

ASI is on track to be promoted from 'Associate Member' to 'Full Member' of the ISEAL Alliance. We submitted a checklist, supporting evidence and updated Public System Report for the 30 June deadline. In order to become a Full Member, ASI has still to undergo an Independent Evaluation against the ISEAL Standard-Setting Code later this year.  

Thad Mermer and Marieke van der Mijn also participated in this year's ISEAL Global Sustainability Standards Symposium which took place on Tuesday 18 June in the Hague, Netherlands. More than 200 leaders from the worlds of sustainability standards, business, government and civil society came together to explore what we know and don't know about the impacts of sustainability standards. During the symposium, researchers and experts discussed ways in which sustainability standards can work to bring about change, how the impact of such standards and certifications can be measured and how these impact analyses can contribute to improving sustainability strategies. For example, we can now be confident in that sustainability standards have a positive impact, but what is enough evidence? ASI has begun work on implementing its Monitoring & Evaluation Plan to measure the change it hopes to achieve in the global aluminium value chain. And check out the updated Dashboard on our website to get an overview of our latest outputs to date! 

For more on ASI's collaboration and harmonisation activities, visit our website at https://aluminium-stewardship.org/why-aluminium/collaborations/

ASI Certifications update

In June, three members attained ASI Performance Standard Certification and one achieved Chain of Custody Standard Certification:

  1. Xiamen Xiashun Aluminium Foil Co., Ltd. certified operations with the following activities: Aluminium Re-melting / Refining, Casthouse, Semi-Fabrication. Consult the summary audit report.
  2. Gränges Aluminium (Shanghai) Co., Ltd., a subsidiary of Gränges Group, certified the following activities: Casthouse, Semi-Fabrication, Material Conversion. 
    Consult the Performance Standard summary audit report.

  3. Amcor Flexibles certified operations for semi-fabrication activities to both the Performance Standard and CoC Standard.
    Consult the Performance Standard summary audit report.
    Consult the Chain of Custody summary audit report.

Summer viewing

Catch up on some educationAl webinars in the northern hemisphere this summer! 

There are training webinars available on a range of aspects relating to ASI Standards.  And take a look at our 'conversationAl' series which features interviews with ASI stakeholders from companies who have gone through the ASI Certification process, and members of the ASI Indigenous Peoples Advisory Forum. 

Visit the ASI educationAl page.


ASI welcomed several new members in July: one Civil Society member, and three Production & Transformation members. See descriptions of our new members below. ASI currently has 96 members working together towards  responsible aluminium, with more member announcements in the pipeline. For more information about ASI membership, please visit the Join ASI page on our website! 

KLIM: Kaliña and Lokono Peoples

The full name of our new member is "Kaliña and Lokono Peoples’ as civil society membership from the six Kaliña villages – Christiaankondre, Langamankondre, Pierrekondre, Bigiston, Erowarte and Tapuku; and two Lokono villages – Marijkedorp and Alfonsdorp (KLIM)".

KLIM is a Nonprofit Civil Society organisation and our main goal is to have legal recognition of our land Rights and our Traditional Institutions as well as build capacity and awareness among the Indigenous communities. We are currently engaging with the subsidiary of Alcoa, Suralco on rehabilitation of a post bauxite mine area “Wane creek” according to international (ASI) standards.

Find more information on KLIM on their ASI Member page.


Hindalco Industries Ltd. Mouda is a world-class foil manufacturing hub on its way to achieve excellence in processes and products. The facility is located in central India, well connected globally via road and air. The main product is bare foil for pharmaceutical and food applications. The main product range includes cigarette laminate, semi-rigid containers and household foil.

"As a global metals business across the aluminium and copper value chains with operation in 13 countries, sustainability has a place at the very core of Hindalco operations."

- Mr. Gerald Francis, Head-Sales and Marketing

Find more information about Hindalco on their ASI Member page.

Henan Zhongfu High Precision Aluminum Products Co., Ltd. 

Henan Zhongfu High Precision Aluminum Products Co., Ltd is mainly dedicated to world class quality of aluminium strip and sheets. The main products are aluminium can body stock, can end stock, can tab stock and aluminium foil stock, which are widely applied in the fields of food, beverage and other product sectors.

"We are very glad to join ASI. We will make proactive efforts to implement and support ASI Standards to achieve sustainable development of aluminium production. "

- General Manager, Wenchao Ma

Find more information about Henan Zhongfu on their ASI Member page.

Hebei Sitong New Metal Material Co., Ltd. 

In 1998, Hebei Sitong New Metal Material Co., Ltd. was founded. It mainly engages in R&D, production and sales of functional intermediate alloy, new materials and aluminium alloy wheel lightweight.

"Our company believes that membership in ASI will help promote and enhance the confidence of our customers and stakeholders; We also believe that membership in ASI will help our company to establish and improve responsible production, purchasing and material management in the metal supply chain."

Find more information about Hibei Sitong on their ASI Member page.


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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