The 2020 Global Sustainability Strategy was created in 2000 by a team of Alcoa employees and specialists in sustainability, who represented all regions where the company has a presence.
This strategy became a guide for the business and a means of integrating all aspects of sustainability into Alcoa’s operating routine. The document comprises long-term targets related to environmental and social issues, as well as short and medium-term parameters that were established by the company’s leaders and specialists.
The work was improved in 2009, with the formation of the Global Sustainability Committee, which reviewed the existing targets and objectives and developed new ones with the idea of driving progress in our units by 2020, or by 2030 in some areas.
Strategic sustainability themes
In 2006, Alcoa joined a group of companies that work with the Global Leadership Network (GLN) methodology. With the help of employees, customers, suppliers, and representatives from government and non-governmental organizations (NGOs), the most relevant sustainability issues, which needed to be included in the company’s strategies and actions in Brazil, were identified.
Based on this survey, strategic themes were defined and initially 6 central and 2 transversal themes (6+2) were mapped out. In 2009, after consulting stakeholders, these themes evolved to the 7+2 model.
These subjects help with the company’s sustainability actions and guarantee alignment with the business strategy.
The themes defined in the survey were:
- Conservation of natural resources and biodiversity: Objectives were defined for reducing the impacts arising from Alcoa’s operations, mainly at its mines, and for contributing to the conservation of natural resources and biodiversity.
- Local and regional development: The company works to promote job and income generation in those communities where it has a presence, and improvements in human development indices.
- People management and development: Alcoa promotes improvements in the work environment, in employee training and in management development, thereby contributing to the development of every professional.
- Labor relations strategy: The company works to offer the best conditions so that employees can carry out their functions without putting their physical or mental health at risk.
- Value chain: Alcoa seeks to adopt good sustainability practices with its commercial partners.
- Access to and the efficient use of energy: Ensuring energy supply in an efficient way and with less environmental impact is vital to the sustainability of Alcoa’s businesses.
- Environmental management of waste, effluents and emissions: Environmental management is fundamental, not only for maintaining Alcoa’s operating licenses, but also for the health and safety of its employees and the communities in which the company has a presence.
- Dialogue with stakeholders: To find out the demands of its stakeholders and thus promote integration between them and the company, it is essential to maintain dialogue with them and ensure their engagement.
- Transparency and Responsibility: Transparency and responsibility permeate all other strategic themes. All practices the company adopts must be developed using these qualities.