Nespresso to use ASI certified aluminium in coffee capsules

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Nespresso and mining giant Rio Tinto have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to work together with Nespresso’s capsule manufacturers to fulfil a commitment of sourcing 100% sustainable aluminium by 2020, attested by the use of Aluminium Stewardship Initiative (ASI) Certified Aluminium.

The ASI sets out standards to promote the protection of biodiversity, respect for indigenous peoples’ rights, water management and low-carbon emissions during the production of aluminium. ASI’s Chain of Custody Standard creates a traceability mechanism, so that end-users like Nespresso can be sure that the aluminium they buy has been manufactured by ASI-certified producers at each stage of the process. The standard is the first of its kind for any industrial metal.

Rio Tinto and Nespresso look forward to other producers and end-users embracing ASI Certified aluminium to meet the demand from consumers for more sustainable supply chains.

Alf Barrios, chief executive of Rio Tinto Aluminium, said: “Nespresso drinkers can have confidence the aluminium we supply for their capsules meets the highest international standards.”

Nespresso CEO Jean-Marc Duvoisin said: “The ASI traceability mechanism will enable us to meet our commitment to customers to reduce the impact of their consumption. This is a positive step towards creating a more sustainable and environmentally friendly future.”

ASI chief executive Fiona Solomon said: “Aluminium is a key part of our daily lives: from cars and planes to cell phones, buildings and food packaging. Until now, there has never been a comprehensive global standard for its responsible sourcing and production. Now companies in the aluminium value chain who wish to demonstrate responsible practices can take the ASI standards forward to their customers, who can, in turn, be confident that this represents the highest environmental, social and governance standards.”

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