Arconic has achieved ASI Performance Standard Certification for its global headquarters in Pittsburgh, PA, as well as its manufacturing operations in Samara, Russia. Arconic’s Samara plant produces aluminium extrusions, forgings, castings, sheet and plate for use in several market sectors including automotive, energy, packaging, transportation and aerospace.
The ASI Certification program was developed through an extensive multi-stakeholder consultation process and is the only comprehensive voluntary sustainability standard initiative for the aluminium value chain. The ASI Performance Standard defines environmental, social and governance principles and criteria, with the aim to address sustainability issues in the aluminium value chain. It sets out 59 criteria under the three sustainability pillars of Governance, Environment and Social, which address key issues such as biodiversity, Indigenous Peoples rights, and greenhouse gas emissions. The independent, third-party audit of the Arconic facilities was carried out by DNV GL.
Fiona Solomon, Chief Executive Officer at ASI said “ASI warmly congratulates Arconic on achieving ASI Performance Standard Certification. The company has been a long-standing supporter of ASI, and we take pleasure in seeing the company demonstrate its commitment to sustainability on the ground. We look forward to seeing Arconic expand its certifications throughout its global network of facilities.”
“We’re very proud to have achieved ASI Performance Standard certification for our headquarters in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania as well as our operations in Samara, Russia” said Tim Myers, Arconic Executive Vice President and Group President Arconic Global Rolled Products, Extrusions and Building and Construction Systems. “This certification demonstrates our commitment to maintaining robust environmental, social and governance values, and we look forward to achieving this important certification in other operations around the world.”
* Consult the Arconic summary audit report here
ASI Certification process
ASI’s Standards apply throughout the supply chain, from mining through to downstream sectors that use aluminium in their products. All current ASI members in the ‘Production and Transformation’ and ‘Industrial Users’ classes work towards their ASI certifications within two years of joining ASI. For more information, consult the full list of ASI Members as well as the list of certified ASI Members.
ASI’s custom-built online assurance platform, elementAl underpins the entire certification workflow for both the ASI Performance Standard and Chain of Custody Standard. First, elementAl’s user-oriented interface and workflows support the prospective company during the initial self-assessment phase and data is protected by a secure firewall. With a click, the company can make their relevant elementAl information accessible to their chosen auditor.
Auditors use elementAl to support audit planning, on-site verification and reporting. ASI reviews submitted audit reports for conformity with ASI’s assurance procedures as a final control, before the certification approval and certificate(s) are issued. Full ASI certification is valid for three years, usually with a surveillance audit at approximately 18 months.
The Aluminium Stewardship Initiative (ASI) is a global, multi-stakeholder, non-profit standards setting and certification organisation. It works towards responsible production, sourcing and stewardship of aluminium following an entire value chain approach. To this end, ASI launched its Performance Standard and Chain of Custody Standard in December 2017.
ASI’s 110+ members include leading civil society organisations; companies with activities in bauxite mining, alumina refining, aluminium smelting, semi-fabrication, product and component manufacturing, as well as consumer and commercial goods, including the automotive, construction and packaging industries; industry associations and other supporters.