RUSAL has announced that three of its major production sites, including a mine, alumina refinery and aluminium smelter, have achieved Aluminium Stewardship Initiative (ASI) certification.

RUSAL’s headquarters and three production sites – JSC «Boksit Timana» (bauxite mining), RUSAL Kamensk-Uralskiy (alumina refining) and a branch of PJSC RUSAL Bratsk in Shelekhov (aluminium smelting, casthouse and alloys production) – have been successfully certified against the ASI Performance Standard and ASI Chain of Custody Standard. The Company aims to achieve certification of all its facilities in future.

The ASI Performance Standard has been developed in collaboration with the industry, downstream users and NGOs and is recognised as the only sustainability supply-chain standard applicable across the entire aluminium value chain. The ASI Performance Standard requirements cover 11 groups of criteria ranging from business ethics and governance, environmental performance, human rights and social practices.

The ASI Chain of Custody Standard has been developed to support businesses in the aluminium value chain that wish to provide their customers and stakeholders with independent assurance for the responsible production and sourcing of aluminium. The independent third-party audit of RUSAL was carried out by a Norwegian company, DNV GL.

Fiona Solomon, Chief Executive Officer at ASI said: “ASI congratulates RUSAL on its dual Performance Standard and Chain of Custody Standard certification. Given the challenging environment in which the Company has been operating until recently, its certification to both ASI Standards from bauxite mine through to casthouse and semi-fabrication is a significant achievement and a clear demonstration of the Company’s commitment to responsible operating practices.”

Evgenii Nikitin, RUSAL’s Chief Executive Officer, said: “Adhering to the key sustainability principles at every step of our operations is crucial for our relationship with employees, customers, communities and shareholders. We are delighted to have achieved this first certification. Receiving recognition from ASI, such a reputable organisation, is an important milestone for RUSAL and further proves that we are committed to be a leading, responsible aluminium producer”.