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ASI News - July 2015

Announcing 2 New ACI Members

ASI is delighted to welcome two new members!  Schüco International is the first company to join ASI from the building and construction sector, while Coca-Cola Enterprises is the first major downstream user of aluminium beverage cans. They join a growing group of committed ASI members in their collaborative efforts to support sustainability and responsible sourcing in the aluminium value chain.

ASI's membership structure will be multi-stakeholder, and the new governance structure will continue ASI's commitment to a balance of interests in program development and organisational decision-making.  ASI looks forward to also welcoming civil society, associations and general supporters to its growing membership.  Please contact info@aluminium-stewardship.org for more information. 

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On the 13 October 2009, people and organisations involved and interested in all stages of the life cycle of aluminium met in London to discuss the establishment of an Aluminium Stewardship programme.  

The meeting was organised and facilitated by Mick Roche, Paola Kistler and Georgina Pearman.

We came together in response to an increasing global interest in the responsible production of aluminium and its related consumption; to see how we could better address the environmental and social concerns linked to issues such as carbon footprint, recycled content and biodiversity impacts; and to identify opportunities like enhanced recycling and increasing overall resource efficiency.

The aluminium sector is already engaged in a range of different initiatives to promote responsible sourcing, production and consumption. We want to co-ordinate and strengthen these whilst developing a more structured, systematic and collaborative approach.

We discussed:

We agreed that:

We don’t yet know what the end deliverables will be, but we share the same overall vision, willingness and enthusiasm to continue the dialogue over the next couple of months to deliver a business case which will help initiate a more formal aluminium stewardship programme.

Alcan Packaging, Alcoa, BHP Billiton, BirdLife International, Building Research Establishment (BRE) Global, Coca Cola, Eden Project, European Aluminium Foil Association (EAFA), Hydro, International Aluminium Institute (IAI), International Lead Management Center, Jaguar/Landrover, Marks & Spencer, Nespresso, Novelis, Responsible Jewellery Council, Rio Tinto, Rio Tinto Alcan, Sir Robert MacAlpine, Tetra Pak International, Track Record

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A second workshop was held in London on 13th March in London, which was facilitated by Mick Roche, Paola Kistler and Georgina Pearman.

Companies are now being asked if they wish to formally participate and assist in funding the Scoping Phase of the project.


Responsible Aluminium aims to develop a credible and independently verifiable scheme that seeks to minimize impact and improve performance throughout the aluminium value chain, recognised by the industry and external stakeholders.  

In a transparent and accountable manner, Responsible Aluminium will:

Internationally recognized standards and guidelines, developed through broad multi-stakeholder consultation, would describe best practice requirements to be used for the certification of responsibly produced aluminium and aluminium products.  Existing standards and benchmarks would be re-visited and re-evaluated. The programme would be designed to cover the total value chain from the extraction of raw materials, through processing and use to recycling.



In response to the growing demands for detailed information on the provenance of many raw materials, individuals from the aluminium supply chain came together in 2009 to discuss the opportunity for developing an initiative that could lead to certification of responsibly sourced aluminium. 

A small working group collaborated over a period of several months to produce a paper that outlined the objectives and possible scope of Responsible Aluminium, the business case, options for structure and governance, and a preliminary work programme.  This paper is available on request.

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Scoping Phase

The next step in the Responsible Aluminium Initiative is a detailed scoping phase which is proposed to take approximately 4-6 months.  This phase will document important base material including: existing schemes in other sectors; existing approaches, data and systems in the aluminium sector; and the needs and interests of customers and NGOs.  Outputs will include an approach to defining and verifying “responsible aluminium”; a pathway for the next phase(s); and a governance structure. 

For this phase input and resources from an external organisation (and commensurate funding) is required.  A tender document was prepared and proposals received from eight organisations.  The working group has selected Track Record to undertake the Scoping Phase. 

Track Record is an independent assessment company supporting businesses with significant supply chains that wish to regulate the quality of the products and services they deliver in the market place.  Track Record is currently assessing over 25 000 products supplied by over 700 suppliers based in 34 countries around the world. Track Record is employed by a number of FTSE 100 companies to gather, assess, and report compliance performance of products in their supply chains.

In their proposal Track Record stated that:
“The Responsible Aluminium programme is at the beginning of a journey, with a significant distance to be covered before the fully functioning programme becomes operational. Whilst the core principles of quality, credibility, integrity, transparency, commercial viability plus common sense practicality must be adhered to, those governing the direction of the programme need to accept that it will morph significantly with time. To facilitate this evolution in a changing world, the programme must be built on a highly robust foundation. The objective of Phase 1 is to establish this foundation.”



The Scoping Phase will be funded by companies in the aluminium supply chain and customers.  It is proposed that contributions be US$10 000 per company.  A number of supplier and customer companies have already committed to contribute.  It is envisaged that approximately 7-8 funding companies will be needed to ensure the success of the Scoping Phase.  If more companies elect to participate, the parties may choose to either all reduce their contributions or retain excess funds to support later phases.

If the initiative proceeds, funding levels and structure for later phases will be determined following the outcomes of the Scoping Phase.


Management of Scoping Phase

All decisions regarding the structure and content of the Responsible Aluminium Initiative will continue to be taken by the Working Group which consists of all funding companies, supporting industry associations and stakeholder groups including NGOs.  Decisions will be by consensus.  All members of the working group will sign a charter outlining their intent to constructively engage in the process.

A finance/contract managing sub group has been established which comprises 4 of the funding companies and the IUCN.  This sub group will be the main point of contact for contractual and co-ordination arrangements for the Scoping Phase. 

Opportunity to Participate

If you require further information on the work undertaken thus far or the process going forward please contact me at gpearman@edenproject.com


Responsible Aluminium


A credible process for the certification of responsibly sourced aluminium and aluminium-based products, recognized by third parties such as relevant NGOs, customers, consumers, and other stakeholders, which enables selection of suppliers and materials based on their sustainability performance.


There is a threat of loss of market share of aluminium-based products toward other material solutions due to concerns related to:

  1.  Mining practices (labour and human rights, site selection and rehabilitation )
  2.  High carbon footprint of primary aluminium (perflurocarbon (PFC) emissions, energy sources)
  3.  Low recycling rates for some applications
  4.  etc.

Customers and end-users are increasingly asking to be able to source their aluminium from suppliers with a commitment throughout the whole supply-chain to an internationally recognized performance standard.


  1. Phase I: Until October 2010. First Third party certification: Q1 2012


  1.  March 23, 2010 workshop entities invited to participate (with financial participation of non-NGO)
  2.  Phase I: Fee: US$ 10,000 per participating entity. Total budget: est. US$ 80,000


  1. Select a consultant with past experience of world-wide certification for phase I: Track Record
  2. Standard – Best Practices set- up (participation of industry, associations, NGOs)
  3. Stakeholder and End-User –Retailer consultations
  4. Benchmark Audit system (Phase II: Scheme to be determined, cost may vary from formulas from US$200 k up to 700 k)

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