Solutions through partnerships
For three decades Alcoa and Greening Australia have worked together to improve and restore the Australian environment. Through this partnership, tens of millions of trees have been planted and thousands of hectares of degraded land rehabilitated.
In 2006, in a first for Australian industry, Alcoa and Greening Australia developed Make an Impact. It's a program that helps Alcoa employees, their families and the wider community reduce their household water and energy use and become part of the solution to climate change.
Alcoa and Greening Australia are also partners in the River Recovery program, which is breathing life back into Australia's rivers and streams that are in urgent need of repair.
Commitment to voluntary codes
Alcoa is a signatory to Australian State and Federal, and international, voluntary agreements, initiatives and codes of practice:
Alcoa is an active member of global organisations and associations committed to sustainability including:
Alcoa also supports the International Aluminium Institute’s Global Aluminium Sustainable Development Initiative.
Recognition and awards
Alcoa’s commitment to environmental management and rehabilitation has received international and national recognition:
- Alcoa was the first mining company in the world to be recognised by the United Nations Environmental Program by inclusion in its Global 500 Roll of Honour for its mine rehabilitation in WA.
- Alcoa was again named one of the world’s most sustainable corporations at the 2006 World Economic Forum in Switzerland.
- In January 2006, Alcoa was recognised as a worldwide leader in the Ethical Covalence rankings, named as one of the top ten multinationals.
- In March 2006, CERES, the largest coalition of investors, environmental and public interest organizations in North America, ranked Alcoa second among U.S. companies in its Report on Corporate Governance and Climate Change.
- In 2003, the company’s leadership in mine rehabilitation in WA won a prestigious international award from the Society for Ecological Restoration International.
- Alcoa’s 20 year partnership with Greening Australia was recognised by a 2003 Prime Minister’s Award for Community Business Partnerships.
- Alcoa’s efforts on mine rehabilitation and restoring the botanical diversity of the jarrah forest were recognised with a 2002 WA Government Golden Gecko Award.
Read more about our awards.
Alcoa is a founding alliance partner of Greening Australia's River Recovery program. It brings together businesses, scientists, community organisations and government agencies in an effort to restore, protect and manage Australia’s river systems
Alcoa Tree Planting Weekends
Every year a team of around 50 Alcoa employees and their family members spend a weekend planting trees with the Wooroloo Land Conservation District Committee (LCDC). 2009 marks the 20th anniversary of Alcoa Tree Planting Weekends.