Alcoa secures sustainability certification

Alcoa has received Aluminium Stewardship Initiative (ASI) certification for its Western Australian operations.

The global sustainability certification goes to Alcoa’s Huntly and Willowdale bauxite mines, and Kwinana, Pinjarra and Wagerup alumina refineries.

ASI certification means that the aluminium has been produced to the highest environmental, social and governance standards, ranging from greenhouse gas emissions to human rights, according to fellow ASI certification recipient Rio Tinto.

A third party conducted an audit to verify Alcoa’s responsible production, sourcing and stewardship in December last year.

Alcoa vice president operations Australia Michael Gollschewski said the recognition was testament to the company’s ongoing commitment to sustainable operations.

“We have a proud history of operation in Western Australia that we hope to continue by delivering strong economic, social and environmental outcomes for our stakeholders,” Gollschewski said.

“I commend our employees for their commitment to working in a responsible manner which has helped enable this certification.”

Alcoa has now nine locations in Australia, Brazil, Spain and Canada that are certified against ASI’s performance standard.

The company joins Rio Tinto, which received its performance standard and chain of custody certifications in December.

The certifications were granted to the Amrun and Weipa bauxite mines and Yarwun alumina refinery in Queensland, the Bell Bay aluminium smelter in Tasmania and New Zealand Aluminium Smelters.

“This certification expands Rio Tinto’s offering of independently certified, responsibly produced aluminium to customers around the world,” Rio Tinto Aluminium chief executive Alf Barrios said.

“It continues our leadership on responsible aluminium production from mine to metal, so that our customers can meet the growing demand from consumers for sustainably sourced materials.”

ASI chief executive Fiona Solomon added: “Having a responsible supply chain means not just low carbon emissions in production, but also meeting the highest standards from material stewardship to human rights.

“We applaud Rio Tinto’s ongoing commitment to encouraging the uptake of ASI’s standards across the aluminium and manufacturing supply chain.”

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