IUCN receives award for its role in setting sustainable aluminium industry standard

IUCN has received a Gold Facilitation Impact Award from the International Association of Facilitators (IAF) for leading a multi-stakeholder process to launch the now independent Aluminium Stewardship Initiative’s first Performance Standard.

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The award celebrates the outcome of the ASI initiative – the first of its kind for the aluminium industry – led by IUCN’s Global Business and Biodiversity Programme, with support from the facilitating company Bright Green Learning, between 2013-2014. The project brought together leaders from the aluminium industry and NGOs to create a new comprehensive standard that aims to improve the sector’s environmental, social and governance performance throughout its entire value chain, including plans to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions.

The Aluminium Stewardship Initaitive (ASI) Performance Standard addresses a range of issues concerning the production and stewardship of aluminium, from extraction of bauxite to the production of commercial and consumer goods, as well as 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,  effluents and waste, water, biodiversity, human rights, labour rights, and occupational health and safety.

Audi, Hydro, Nestlé Nespresso SA and Rio Tinto Alcan, along with Fauna & Flora International, Forest Peoples Programme, IndustriALL Global Union and IUCN were some of the 28 organisations that worked together to define the sustainable Principles and Criteria outlined in the Standard.

“The ASI Standard, and in particular the spirit of cooperation among the different stakeholders, demonstrates the importance of designing processes that are fit for purpose,” said Giulia Carbone, IUCN’s Business and Biodiversity Programme Deputy Director, who coordinated the project.

“The contribution of a professional facilitator, Gillian Martin Mehers from Bright Green Learning, was a critical ingredient of the project’s success. We found the perfect blend between content and process, which fostered trust building and mutual understanding among the stakeholders, all of whom represented diverse social and economic interests,” Ms Carbone added.

Formed in 1994, the IAF’s mission is to promote the art and practice of professional facilitation. It currently has 1,200 members in more than 63 countries. 

“The Facilitation Impact Awards celebrate the power of collaboration,” says Kimberly Bain, Global Chair of the International Association of Facilitators (IAF), who awards the Facilitation Impact Awards. “We now have concrete proof that group facilitation and group process methodologies yield significant results. When we look at the metrics, we see higher levels of stakeholder buy-in, and now, for the first time ever, we can show measurable, impactful results.”

In 2015, the IAF expanded its award programme, accepting nominations from organisations across the world. Out of the 42 facilitative initiative nominations received from businesses, governments and not-for-profit organisations, 20 received awards: 1 platinum, 9 gold and 10 silver. 

An awards ceremony will be held at the IAF Stockholm Conference Centre on 16 October 2015.

For more information or to set up interviews, please contact:

Leigh Ann Hurt, IUCN’s Global Business and Biodiversity Programme

Tel: +41 22 999 0113, Mobile: +41 79 297 0162, [email protected];

Or visit the ASI website at: http://aluminium-stewardship.org/

About IUCN

IUCN, International Union for Conservation of Nature, helps the world find pragmatic solutions to our most pressing environment and development challenges by supporting scientific research; managing field projects all over the world; and bringing governments, NGOs, the UN, international conventions and companies together to develop policy, laws and best practice.

IUCN is the world’s oldest and largest global environmental organisation, with more than 1,200 government and NGO members and almost 11,000 volunteer experts in some 160 countries. IUCN’s work is supported by over 1,000 staff in 45 offices and hundreds of partners in public, NGO and private sectors around the world.  IUCN's headquarters are located in Gland, near Geneva, in Switzerland. 


International Association of Facilitators (IAF)

The IAF was formed by a group of professionals desiring an avenue for interchange, professional development, trend analysis and peer networking. Since its beginnings in 1994, the IAF has grown to over 1,200 members in more than 63 countries. IAF members work in government, non-profit, educational, community, and corporate environments and hold positions as consultants, teachers, in-house facilitators, negotiators, organisational specialists, coaches, and more.

In keeping with the spirit of the IAF, the Facilitation Impact Awards is a non-competitive, inclusive awards programme designed to highlight how organisations have successfully used facilitation to bring about positive and valuable impact.


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