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Aluminium Stewardship Initiative – Part of a broader sustainability push

ASI standards are established to assess businesses’ sustainability performance at every stage of the value chain. It’s our ambition to offer fully certified aluminium.

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The Aluminium Stewardship Initiative (ASI) is a global, non-profit standard and certification organization. ASI has developed an independent third-party certification system for responsible aluminium production to ensure sustainability and human rights principles are increasingly embedded in the production, use and recycling of aluminium.

ASI has two certification standards – the Performance standard and the Chain of Custody standard. The Performance standard certifies for example a plant, while the Chain of Custody standard certifies all steps in the value chain between verified plants. ASI Performance standard covers 11 environmental, social and governance principles and criteria across the aluminium lifecycle.

ASI has more than 70 members, including major aluminium producers and important aluminium users such as Hydro, BMW, Audi, Nespresso, Heineken and Apple.

Hydro has been participating with other companies and stakeholders from the aluminium value chain in developing the ASI standard. The initiative was launched in 2012 as a result of a multi-stakeholder engagement that started in 2009. In 2018 the standards where finalized and certifications started.

In 2018 Hydro Hoogezand became the world’s first extrusion plant to obtain the Performance Standard certification by the ASI. The ambition to offer fully certified aluminium is core to Hydro’s strategy of offering the most sustainable products and solutions to the market.

Financial contributions are given as ordinary membership fees. We report on ASI's 11 principles and underlying criteria as part of the GRI index.