Alcoa has successfully achieved ASI Performance Certification for its Western Australia Mining and Refining facilities, bringing the company’s total number of certified facilities to nine.
The certifications cover their Huntly Mine, Willowdale Mine, Kwinana Refinery (pictured), Pinjarra Refinery and Wagerup Refinery, and Port areas of Kwinana and Bunbury.
Alcoa has ownership in seven active bauxite mines globally and operates four of them, including the newly certified Huntly mine, which is the second largest bauxite mine in the world.
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 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 Governance, Environment and Social, which address key issues such as biodiversity, Indigenous Peoples rights, and greenhouse gas emissions. The independent, third-party audit of the Alcoa facilities was carried out by DNV GL.
Fiona Solomon, Chief Executive Officer at ASI said “We are delighted to congratulate Alcoa on their latest certifications for these Western Australian operations. ASI’s 2018 Annual General Meeting participants were fortunate to have had the opportunity to visit the Huntly Mine and Pinjarra Refinery operations, so it is a pleasure to see these facilities achieve ASI Certification.”
“This recognition validates the strong commitment we have to responsible and sustainable production and to working with our stakeholders to deliver long-term value,” said Michelle O’Neill, Alcoa’s Executive Vice President and Chief External Affairs Officer. “It is additional evidence of our commitment to advance sustainably, one of our strategic priorities and a key differentiator for our future.”