ASI certifies CBA Itapissuma mill for sustainability
São Paulo, December 20, 2021 – Companhia Brasileira de Alumínio (CBA) has achieved Aluminium Stewardship Initiative (ASI) Chain of Custody (CoC) certification for its Itapissuma rolling mill in Pernambuco, northeastern Brazil, which it acquired in 2020 to expand its downstream market share in the Americas. The plant, which produces sheet and foil for a wide range of industries, including packaging and automotive, had previously been certified against the ASI Performance Standard in early 2021. This comes on the back of previous certification against the ASI Performance and Chain of Custody Standards for CBA’s three mining operations in Minas Gerais and its integrated plant in Alumínio (SP), from cradle to gate (from alumina to final product, including billets, ingots, sheet, rolled products and anodized and coated extruded profiles), as well as the company’s offices in São Paulo. “We have been the first company in Brazil to certify our entire production process against the ASI Performance Standard and Chain of Custody Standards concurrently, and one of the first aluminum producers in the Americas to achieve double certification from cradle to gate,” noted CBA CEO Ricardo Carvalho. “Our certification at the Itapissuma facility demonstrates our commitment to sustainability and puts us in a more competitive position on the global aluminum market, creating value for the plant’s customers, suppliers, surrounding communities and stakeholders at large, who all benefit from the good practices that have now been recognized by such a prestigious organization as a ASI,” he said. About the ASI certification process The ASI Certification Program, launched in 2017, provides assurance that aluminum producers are operating in a socially and environmentally responsible manner. It is the only comprehensive voluntary sustainability standard initiative for the aluminum value chain. The independent, third-party audit of CBA was carried out by DNV GL. The ASI Performance Standard defines environmental, social and governance principles and criteria, with the aim to address sustainability issues in the aluminum value chain. The ASI Chain of Custody (CoC) Standard complements the ASI Performance Standard, setting 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. ASI’s standards are applicable to all stages of aluminum production, from bauxite mining to semi-fabrication and downstream users of aluminum. All current ASI members in the “Production and Transformation” and “Industrial Users” categories are required to obtain and maintain ASI certification within two years of joining ASI. Current ASI members are listed at: https://aluminium-stewardship.org/about-asi/current-members/ About ASI The Aluminium Stewardship Initiative (ASI) is a global, multi-stakeholder, non-profit standards setting and certification organization. It works toward responsible production, sourcing and stewardship of aluminum following an entire value chain approach. To this end, ASI launched its Performance Standard and Chain of Custody Standard in December 2017.