Fiona Solomon, CEO
Aluminium Stewardship Initiative
ASI and Responsible Sourcing
ASI’s mission is to recognise and collaboratively foster responsible production, sourcing and stewardship of aluminium. In December 2017, ASI launched its comprehensive certification program for the aluminium value chain, covering both performance and chain of custody. In February 2021, ASI has grown to more than 140 members, and nearly 100 Certifications issued for operations across 34 countries and counting.
ASI aims to provide an international benchmark for performance and procurement that covers a wide range of sustainability issues for the aluminium sector, including GHG, biodiversity, human rights and material stewardship. The challenge for all aluminium value chain participants is to tackle impacts and opportunities proactively, so as to maximise the contribution of aluminium to a sustainable society. It is vital to take a comprehensive approach to responsible sourcing, as a single issue focus hides the inter-connections between sustainability issues and leaves blind spots in complex supply chains. This presentation will provide an overview of ASI’s mission, its impacts so far, and its forward plans, as well as a discussion of the broader landscape for responsible sourcing of aluminium.
Fiona is the Chief Executive Officer of the Aluminium Stewardship Initiative (ASI), which she joined in March 2015 with the responsibility for leading the development and implementation of ASI’s strategy and operations. Her career has specialised in building new and innovative initiatives in mineral supply chains over more than twenty years. She was previously Director – Standards Development at the Responsible Jewellery Council from 2007 to 2015, where she developed a certification program for gold, diamonds and platinum group metals which has been adopted by more than 1000 companies across the supply chain from mine to retail.
She has served as a Board Member of the ISEAL Alliance and a founding member of the OECD’s Multi-Stakeholder Steering Group for responsible mineral supply chains. From 1997, Fiona worked for ten years at Australia’s CSIRO, leading research into mining and sustainability, and was also seconded to WWF to manage a multi-stakeholder project on the feasibility of mine-site certification. She has a Bachelors degree (Hons 1) in mechanical engineering and a PhD in philosophy of technology, both from the University of Queensland, and is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.