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International Union for Conservation of Nature
Sustainability Standard for the Aluminum Supply Chain

Location: 28 Rue Mauverney, 1196 Gland, Switzerland
Sponsor: Giulia Carbone
Facilitator: Gillian Martin Mehers


IUCN, International Union for Conservation of Nature, helps the world find pragmatic solutions to its most pressing environment and development challenges.  This project was an 18-month, multi-event facilitated process to develop a new sustainability standard for the aluminium supply chain.  The process involved a business stakeholder group (made up of multiple businesses along the value chain for aluminium from mining to recycling) and a non-business stakeholder group (including environment, labour rights, human rights, indigenous peoples, gender and other NGO representatives).  Over 140 hours of facilitated face-to-face consultation, dialogue and collective work was organized into 6 events, and supported by virtual discussions and support.

Key Results Achieved

Key results achieved include:

  • One key result of the process was the launching of the Aluminium Stewardship Initiative Performance Standard: Principles and Criteria in December 2014, with subsequent work in 2015 on the Indicators for the Standard. No standard of this kind has existed previously; the convenor, ASI companies and the Standard Setting Group had a very ambitious vision, timeframe and goal and succeeded!

  • Building social capital and trust amongst very diverse perspectives and stakeholders to create and support the implementation of the new standard for sustainable aluminium and benefit subsequent collaboration efforts in this field.

  • Provide evidence that demonstrates and showcases IUCN’s role as a result oriented and effective convenor of diverse stakeholders around a complex issue for sustainability and conversation outcomes.

    Sponsor: Giulia Carbone
    IUCN Managing Director and Head of Learning
    Facilitator: Gillian Martin Mehers
    CEO Bright Green Learning