How to Manage Workplace Romances

In last week’s In the Know we briefly focussed on the news surrounding McDonald’s decision to dismiss their CEO for breaching the company’s rules on personal relationships at work. With this in mind, we will now look at how to manage workplace romances in more depth. Croner – In The Know – How to manage workplace romances

ASI News – September 2019

Aluminium Stewardship Initiative

In the September edition of the ASI Newsletter

  • New ASI government Handbook V2
  • ASI 100 members
  • ASI Independent Director appointment
  • ASI Certificate update
  • educationAl Webinars
  • ASI Membership news

September ASI news

‘Tit for tat’ tariffs – get up to speed with what’s moving markets

Five Things You Need to Know to Start Your Day

Get up to speed with what’s moving markets and check out the story from Bloomberg regarding tariffs.

Bloomberg- tariffs

ASI Media Release, 13 September 2019

Aluminium Stewardship Initiative certifies Jiangsu Zhongji Lamination Materials Co., Ltd, against ASI Chain of Custody Standard

Jiangsu Zhongji Lamination Materials Co., Ltd, has achieved Certification to the ASI Chain of Custody for its facility in Jiangyin City, China. The certification includes post-casthouse activities related to their aluminium foil production.

Aluminium Stewardship Initiative (ASI) today announced that Jiangsu Zhongji Lamination Materials Co., Ltd, facility for aluminium foil production has been successfully certified against ASI’s Chain of Custody Standard. The same facility was also recently certified to the ASI Performance Standard.

The ASI CoC Standard sets 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. The implementation of ASI’s CoC Standard links verified practices at successive steps of the supply chain – certified under the ASI Performance Standard – to the products produced by ASI Certified Entities.

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 independent, third-party audit of Jiangsu Zhongji was carried out by DNV GL.

Fiona Solomon, Chief Executive Officer at ASI, said “Warm congratulations to Jiangsu Zhongji for achieving CoC Certification soon after their Performance Standard Certification last month. The commitment of foil suppliers to ASI supports the focus on sustainability and responsible sourcing by downstream customers in the packaging sector and other foil-using sectors.”

Zhu Hongyu, general manager of Jiangsu Zhongji Company, said, “We are very happy to pass the ASI CoC Certification, and we are very grateful for the management of DNV and ASI that strongly supported us during the certification process. In the future, we will continue to support ASI.”
Consult the Jiangsu Zhongji summary audit report

ASI Certification process
ASI’s Standards apply throughout the supply chain, from mining through to downstream sectors that use aluminium in their products. All current ASI members in the ‘Production and Transformation’ and ‘Industrial Users’ classes will be working towards their own ASI certifications in the coming two years. ASI Members are listed at

ASI’s custom-built online assurance platform, elementAl underpins the entire certification workflow for both the ASI Performance Standard and Chain of Custody Standard. First, elementAl’s user-oriented interface and workflows support the prospective company during the initial self-assessment phase and data is protected by a secure firewall. With a click, the company can make their relevant elementAl information accessible to their chosen auditor.

Auditors use elementAl to support audit planning, on-site verification and reporting. ASI reviews submitted audit reports for conformity with ASI’s assurance procedures as a final control, before the certification approval and certificate(s) are issued. Full ASI certification is valid for three years, usually with a surveillance audit at approximately 18 months.


About ASI
The Aluminium Stewardship Initiative (ASI) is a global, multi-stakeholder, non-profit standards setting and certification organisation. It works towards responsible production, sourcing and stewardship of aluminium following an entire value chain approach. To this end, ASI launched its Performance Standard and Chain of Custody Standard in December 2017.

ASI’s 90+ members include leading civil society organisations; companies with activities in bauxite mining, alumina refining, aluminium smelting, semi-fabrication, product and component manufacturing, as well as consumer and commercial goods, including the automotive, construction and packaging industries; industry associations and other supporters.

ASI continues to seek engagement with commercial entities and stakeholders in the aluminium value chain from across the world. Organisations interested in membership are encouraged to learn more about our membership structure and how to join.

For further information contact:
Thad Mermer, ASI Communications Manager


ASI Newsletter – August 2019

In the August edition of the ASI Newsletter

  • ASI’s new on-product logo
  • Research round-up
  • ASI Certifications update
  • Human Rights Due Diligence Webinar

 Read the August ASI Newsletter

ASI Newsletter – July 2019

In the July edition of the ASI Newsletter

Gränges has achieved Certification to the ASI Performance Standard for its Shanghai production facility, demonstrating its commitment to environmental, social and governance performance. The company’s Shanghai operations outputs include aluminium strips and plates used for the auto industry.  

 Read the July ASI Newsletter

Members of the ASA will be joining ALFED in 2020

We are delighted to inform you members of the Aluminium Stockholders Association will be joining the Aluminium Federation in January 2020- Stronger Together


ALFED are happy to announce that we have moved offices! Please see the address below;

Suite 9, Alcora Building

Mucklow Hill


West Midlands, B62 8DG

Our new contact number is 0330 236 2800

ASI Newsletter – April 2019

In the April edition of the ASI Newsletter:

  • Understanding ASI’s outcomes and impacts
    ASI Certification is not an end itself – ASI’s vision is to maximise the contribution of aluminium to a sustainable society. This will mean practices and performances in the value chain need to keep improving. How will we know whether ASI is helping to contribute to a better world?
  • LME Responsible Sourcing Consultation
    The London Metal Exchange (LME) last week announced the next phase of development of new responsible sourcing standards for their listed brands, including aluminium. A new round of market-wide consultation by LME, open until 30 June 2019, seeks feedback on their proposed rules for all LME-listed brands. LME will be presenting on its proposals at the ASI AGM Week in Norway in early June.
  • ASI AGM Week – last chance to register
    We have an exciting program lined up – don’t miss out!
  • ASI Certifications update
    One member attained ASI Certification in April and another member expanded their Chain of Custody Certification scope.
  • New educationAl content
    In April, ASI and ASI Civil Society Member Nomogaia hosted a webinar on Human Rights Impact Assessment (HRIA). Krista West was joined by Nomogaia’s Executive Director Kendyl Salcito to provide an overview of HRIA and how it is applied within criterion 2.5 of the ASI Performance Standard.
  • Membership update
    ASI welcomed two new Production & Transformation members and one General Supporter in April.


 Read the April ASI Newsletter