ASI - ALUMINIUM STEWARDSHIP INITIATIVE CERTIFICATION
The Aluminium Stewardship Initiative (ASI) is an industry-led initiative to drive sustainability across the entire aluminium value chain. Certification to the ASI Standards enables the aluminium industry, as well as the users of aluminium, to demonstrate their commitment to social, environmental and ethical standards.
Aluminium has unique properties that make it a great resource for the transition to a sustainable economy, as it is extremely lightweight and has excellent recyclability. At the same time, the production of aluminium has a considerable impact on the planet, which needs to be managed and mitigated. The ASI certification scheme enables producers and industry users of aluminium to demonstrate in a credible way that they uphold the highest environmental, social and ethical standards.
The ASI Standards are applicable to the entire aluminium value chain, from bauxite mining over refining and smelting to material conversion. The standards also apply to industrial users, such as the automotive industry and the packaging materials sectors.
Certification To The ASI Performance Standard
The ASI Performance Standard covers critical issues for the entire aluminum value chain, including greenhouse gas emissions, waste management, material stewardship, biodiversity and human rights.
Certification To The ASI Chain Of Custody Standard
The ASI Chain of Custody (CoC) Standard complements the ASI Performance Standard, and is voluntary for ASI Members. The CoC Standard sets out requirements for the creation of a Chain of Custody for ASI-certified Aluminum, which is produced and processed through the value chain into diverse downstream sectors.
Benefits Of The Standard
The implementation of the ASI Standards and the certification help you to:
- Demonstrate your commitment to environmental, ethical and social standards
- Increase transparency in supply chains
- Meet the expectations of customers who value sustainability
- Distinguish your products from competitors
ASI Certification – Here’s How It Works
The ASI certification procedure consists of five main steps:
- Self-Assessment: In preparation of the audit, companies are requested to answer a set of question to determine their level.
- Certification Audit: This is a risk-based assessment of your conformance with the requirements of the standard, performed by an approved DQS auditor.
- Audit report: The auditor will draft an audit report, which is shared with your organization as well as ASI. If non-conformities had been found, this will include a corrective action plan for you to work on.
- Certification: When there are no remaining non-conformities, ASI will review the audit report and issue the certificate. Your company will be listed on the ASI website.
- Periodic Reviews: Surveillance and re-certification audits will be done by DQS to ensure continued conformance.
The process starts with the client’s needs and expectations. DQS wants to learn about the client’s organization, its management system, size and types of operation. Together both parties will define objectives for the assessment and/or certification, including applicable standards and specifications.
DQS will provide a detailed offer for assessment and certification services, tailored to individual client needs, based on the information provided initially. A written contract will specify all relevant deliverables as well as applicable assessment and certification criteria.
A pre-audit can serve as initial performance or gap analysis, identifying strengths and areas for improvement. For larger assessment and certification projects a project planning meeting provides a valuable opportunity for the client to meet the lead assessor and develop a customized assessment plan for all functions and locations involved. Both services are optional.
The assessment procedure itself begins with review and evaluation of system documentation, goals, results of management review and internal audits. During this process, it will be determined whether the client’s management system is sufficiently developed and ready for certification. The assessor will explain findings and coordinate any required activities to prepare for the on-site system assessment.
The assigned auditor team will audit the client’s management system at the place of production or service delivery. Applying defined management system standards and specifications, the assessment team will evaluate the effectiveness of all functional areas as well as all management system processes, based upon observations, inspections, interviews, review of pertinent records, and other assessment techniques. The audit result, including all findings will be presented to the client during the closing meeting. Required action plans will be agreed upon as necessary.
The independent certification function of DQS will evaluate the audit process and its results, and decide independently about issuance of the certificate. The client receives an audit report, documenting the audit results. When all applicable requirements are fulfilled the client also receives the certificate.
Either semi-annually or at least once per year, there will be an on-site audit of the critical components of the management system. Improvement potential will be identified, with a focus on continual improvement and sustained effectiveness.
A management system certificate is valid for a limited period of time, frequently for a maximum of three years. At the end of this cycle, a re-audit will be carried out to ensure the ongoing fulfillment of all applicable requirements. Subject to this fulfillment, a new certificate will be issued.
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