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Rio Tinto to offer certified aluminium

September 1, 2018

RIO TINTO, an Anglo-Australian multinational, has become the first mining and metals company to be granted the aluminium industry’s Chain of Custody certification by the Aluminium Stewardship Initiative (ASI).

The certification means Rio Tinto will be selling aluminium that customers can be assured has been produced to the highest environmental, social and governance standards, placing Rio Tinto at a competitive advantage, said a statement from the company.

The certification reinforces Rio Tinto’s commitment to responsible mining and metals production by providing independent verification that material can be traced through a ‘chain of custody’ spanning Rio Tinto’s Gove bauxite mine in Australia to its alumina refinery, aluminium smelters and casthouses in Quebec, Canada, it said.

Rio Tinto Aluminium chief executive Alf Barrios said: “Achieving this certification demonstrates our commitment to the highest international production standards and offers customers the ability to provide end consumers with the confidence that the aluminium in their products has been responsibly produced.”

“Aluminium has a key role to play as a material of choice to reduce carbon and increase recycling across a wide range of end products from food packaging to buildings, planes, cars, mobile phones and computers,” he said.

Rio Tinto has led the establishment of responsible production certification for the aluminium industry as a founding member of the ASI, working alongside customers and a broad range of stakeholders.

Rio Tinto Aluminium vice president sales and marketing and ASI Board member Tolga Egrilmezer said: “We see certified sustainable aluminium as a point of differentiation for Rio Tinto as customers become increasingly interested in ensuring that metals have been responsibly produced.”

“The ASI certification will enable us to generate value for our company and our customers because we believe there will be a fundamental shift in demand for these products,” Egrilmezer said.

ASI chief executive officer Fiona Solomon said: “We applaud Rio Tinto for their commitment to our mission since joining as a founding member, and for being the first to achieve ASI certification for both ASI Standards.”

“This successful certification demonstrates our potential to create impact through voluntary uptake of its programme. We look forward to the positive example being set by upstream producers, like Rio Tinto, extending into downstream aluminium use sectors such as automotive, construction and packaging,” Solomon added.




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