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Aluminium Stewardship Initiative (ASI)

aluminium

ASI standards
Accreditation to audit companies according to Aluminium Stewardship Initiative standards applying to the aluminum sector 

The Aluminium Stewardship Initiative (ASI) is a non-profit standardization and certification body that brings together international industry stakeholders in the aluminium value chain who seek to contribute to a society committed to sustainable development. The accreditation granted by the ASI to audit companies according to its certification program contributes to acknowledging the best management practices of aluminium-producing companies. The ASI certification program has three main components:

1. A sustainable development performance standard that defines governance, best environmental management practices and the social aspects of sustainable development;

2. A chain of custody serving to show that certified and recycled aluminium effectively originates from companies having implemented best management practices found in the ASI performance standard;

3. An ASI assurance manual that presents the certification and verification procedure according to the performance standard and chain of custody under which a company seeks certification.

The Bureau de normalisation du Québec (BNQ) is the first audit body in the world to be accredited by the Aluminium Stewardship Initiative (ASI). This accreditation allows the BNQ to legitimately audit any company operating in the aluminum value chain and seeking to be recognized for its best management and sustainable development practices. The scope of ASI accreditation granted to the BNQ includes the entire value chain of aluminium production, from bauxite mining to finished products and aluminium recycling. The accreditation covers the following countries and territories:

  • Canada
  • Australia
  • The United States of America
  • Great Britain
  • France

The BNQ’s interventions focus on the application of recognized audit practices during visits to companies seeking certification, whereas the ASI issues certificates based on the results of BNQ audits. The BNQ offers its services in Canada’s two official languages.