Members of the ASI Standard Setting Group included representatives of the aluminium value chain and civil society, namely: Aleris; AMAG/Constantia Flexibles; Amcor Flexibles; As You Sow; Audi; Ball Corporation; BMW Group; CII – Godrej Green Business Centre, India; Cleaner Production Center South Africa; Constellium; Ecofys; EMPA – Materials Science and Technology; Fauna and Flora International; Forest Peoples Programme; Fundacion Para la Promoción de Conocimientos Indigenas/Asociación Indigena Ambiental en Panama; Hydro; Igora; IndustriAll Global Union; IUCN; Jaguar Land Rover; Nestlé Nespresso SA; Novelis; Partners Global; Rexam; Rio Tinto Alcan; Tetra Pak; Transparency International and WWF. IUCN also coordinated the standard-setting process.
Following face-to-face meetings and two rounds of public consultations, in December 2014, the Standard Setting Group announced a new Performanance Standard, which was approved in accordance with the ASI Voting Mechanism, the “ASI Performance Standard Version 1 (Part I: Principles and Criteria)”.
The ASI Performance Standard aims to address issues relevant to the production and stewardship of aluminium, from extraction of bauxite to the producers of commercial and consumer goods to the recycling of pre- and post-consumer aluminium scrap. The standard focuses on eleven key issues: business integrity, policy and management, transparency, material stewardship, greenhouse gas emissions, emissions, effluents and waste, water, biodiversity, human rights, labour rights, and occupational health and safety.
The Standard will be implemented through a third party certification system involving all industry players along the aluminium value chain. End-users, such as Audi, BMW Group, Jaguar Land Rover and Nestlé Nespresso SA, have already indicated their intention to buy certified aluminium as soon as it is available.
“The aluminium industry is committed to maximizing the value that its products and activities generate, while minimizing their negative impacts. Working together with industry representatives of the aluminium value chain and of civil society to improve the industry’s performance and make it more sustainable is a win-win for everyone,” said Jostein Soreide, from Hydro, also Co-Chair of the ASI Standard Setting Group. “We, the companies behind the ASI Standard, expect now to bring more peers on board.”
The ASI Performance Standard will enable players in the aluminium value chain to provide independent, credible and verifiable information regarding their environmental, social and governance performance; and, thus, make it possible to identify suppliers and materials throughout the supply chain based on their sustainability performance. To enable product specific claims, a Chain of Custody Standard has also been developed. It will be released in early 2015.
Note: According to the Voting Rules, the vote will be deemed to have passed by a two thirds majority. With the exception of WWF and Transparency International, the “ASI Performance Standard Version 1 (Part I: Principles and Criteria)” has been approved by all members of the Standard Setting Group.
For more information, visit the ASI website or contact Giulia Carbone (firstname.lastname@example.org), Deputy Director, Business and Biodiversity Programme, IUCN.