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ASI certifies Companhia Brasileira de Alumínio across entire value chain

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SÃO PAULO (Scrap Register): The Aluminium Stewardship Initiative (ASI) has announced the certification of several plants and facilities owned by Brazil’s Companhia Brasileira de Alumínio (CBA) against the ASI Performance Standard and Chain of Custody Standard.

The facilities included in the certifications announced last week include a trio of bauxite mines in Minas Gerais, an alumina refinery, a smelter and associated potlines, casthouses, anode production, SPL treatment plant and downstream productions, and the CBA headquarters.

Also included in the certifications is CBA’s downstream activities in São Paolo, which include aluminium sheet and foil production, and profile extrusions for use in packaging and automotive, among other areas. When taken as a whole, CBA’s operations in São Paolo compose the largest integrated aluminium production plant on the face of the Earth.

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 ASI CoC Standard sets out requirements for the creation of a Chain of Custody for material that is produced and processed through the value chain into diverse downstream sectors. The implementation of ASI’s CoC Standard links verified practices at successive steps of the supply chain – certified under the ASI Performance Standard – to the products produced by ASI Certified Entities.

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 independent, third-party audit of CBA was carried out by DNV GL.

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