ASI certifies Hindalco Industries’ Taloja Works against Performance Standard
18 April 2023
Hindalco Industries Ltd has achieved ASI Performance Standard V2 (2017) Certification for its Taloja Works sheet rolling operation in the Raigad district of Maharashtra, India. This is Hindalco’s third ASI-certified rolling facility after its Mouda and Hirakud FRP rolling plants, which achieved Performance Standard Certification in February 2022 and December 2022 respectively.
Aluminium Stewardship Initiative (ASI) today announced that Hindalco Industries Ltd has been certified against the ASI Performance Standard at its Taloja Works plant in the Raigad district of Maharashtra, India. The Taloja Works plant contributes to one quarter of Hindalco’s total rolled products’ volume and 20 percent of its output is made for lithographic applications. Its products include litho sheets, foilstock, closure stock, auto finstock, lamp caps and aluminium composite panels.
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 V2 (2017) 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 Environment, Social, and Governance, which address key issues such as biodiversity, labour rights, Indigenous Peoples rights, and greenhouse gas emissions.
The independent, third-party audits of Hindalco Industries Ltd.’s Taloja Works facility was carried out by LiberoAssurance.
Fiona Solomon, Chief Executive Officer of the Aluminium Stewardship Initiative said, “We congratulate Hindalco Industries Ltd, for achieving ASI Performance Standard Certification at its Taloja Works rolling mill. Rolled aluminium products are inputs to an extensive range of downstream sectors, making rolling mills key players that support further production in numerous global supply chains. This ASI Certification is a stepping stone for the company, identifying successes and gaps, and providing a route to implement more responsible production practices.”
Soumojit Dawn, Unit Head at Hindalco Taloja Plant said, “This certification is a recognition towards our relentless efforts to make the world Greener with our variety of product ranges. The certification process itself is a great enabler to identify the strengths and opportunity for improvements towards sustainable and responsible production practices. We at Hindalco Taloja team are feeling more committed and responsible towards our sustainability goals and intermediate milestones to achieve those goals.”
ASI Certification process
ASI was formed as a multi-stakeholder initiative to drive a global, sector-wide transformation for aluminium. We work on building capacity to understand, agree and deliver measurable and continual improvements in the global aluminium chain.
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. ASI members seeking Certification and ASI Accredited Auditors use elementAL to manage self-assessments, audit planning, documentation of evidence and findings from site audits, and reporting. The ASI Secretariat also carry out oversight of submitted audit reports through elementAL, to ensure conformity with ASI’s assurance procedures, before Certifications are issued.
Full ASI certification is valid for three years, usually with a surveillance audit at approximately 18 months. Provisional Certification is valid for one year, with a surveillance audit at approximately six months. More information is available in the ASI Assurance Manual.
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 Certification program for the Performance Standard and Chain of Custody Standard in December 2017, and after a three-year revision process, published new versions of the Standards in May 2022.
ASI has identified four priority sustainability issues where we believe we can most contribute to driving change in the aluminium value chain to 2030: climate change, circularity, nature positive and human rights. These are high-level priority challenges for our global future, and it is essential to recognise the inter-connections between each. Ultimately, they must be tackled together to support effective and just transitions that minimise unintended consequences and maximise positive impact. Beyond the ASI Standards, we engage directly with affected communities and collaborate on data, research and other activities.
ASI’s 280+ 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. Learn more about ASI’s membership structure and how to join.
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