Aluminium Stewardship Initiative announced that Alcoa has been successfully certified against ASI Performance Standard with Provisional status for its smelter and casthouses in Massena, New York. The plant has received Performance Standard Provisional Certification under the ASI Interim Policy regarding Audits, Audit-Related Travel and Coronavirus, which clarifies the reasonable accommodations that can be made to audit plans in consideration of the current COVID-19 situation. The plant is known as the longest continually operating aluminium facility in the world, established in Massena in 1902 to take advantage of the region’s abundant hydro power. The plant’s annual production of primary aluminium is around 360,000 tonnes.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 audits of the Alcoa facilities were carried out by DNV Business Assurance Services UK Ltd. The audit was undertaken as a ‘desktop’ exercise with a remote review of relevant documentation. Some criteria requiring on-site evaluation by the auditor will be evaluated when an on-site audit can be scheduled.