Alcoa believes that partnerships with the communities in which it operates, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), academic institutions, government, entities and other sectors of civil society are essential for the development of sustainability work. The company values its partnerships and invests in dozens of projects in Brazil.
Find out more about Alcoa’s sustainability partnerships.
Associação Brasileira do Alumínio (Abal) [Brazilian Aluminum Association]
Founded in 1970 by primary aluminum producers, Alcan, Alcoa and Companhia Brasileira de Alumínio (CBA), Abal has 67 associate companies, which represent all the primary aluminum producers and ore transformers in Brazil.
Alcoa supports and takes part in many initiatives with which the entity is involved, all aimed at the promotion and sustainable development of the aluminum chain.
Associação Brasileira de Comunicação Empresarial (Aberje) [Brazilian Association of Corporate Communication]
The Associação Brasileira de Comunicação Empresarial (Aberje) was set up in 1967 with the idea of discussing and promoting corporate and organizational communication as an administrative, political, cultural and symbolic function of the strategic management of companies.
Alcoa is a member of Aberje and takes part in meetings organized by the institution, as well as attending courses, talks and other activities related to corporate communication.
Alcoa supports and takes part in many of the initiatives arranged by the American Chamber of Commerce in Brazil (Amcham), the second biggest American chamber of commerce in the world and the biggest outside the United States. Its mission is to serve its associates, by constructively influencing public policy in Brazil and the United States, and promoting trade, investment and corporate citizenship.
Conselho Empresarial Brasileiro para o Desenvolvimento Sustentável (CEBDS) [Brazilian Corporate Council for Sustainable Development]
This entity belongs to a global network of more than 50 councils in Brazil, whose objective is to spread a new way of doing business around the world.
The purpose of Alcoa’s partnership with CEBDS is to consolidate ways of ensuring that sustainability concepts form part of the daily routine in company areas, such as the Finance, Legal, Human Resources, Production and Marketing Departments. Alcoa believes that sustainable development must be present in all sectors.
Sustainability Studies Center of the Fundação Getulio Vargas (GVces)
The mission of the Sustainability Studies Center (GVces) of the School of Business Administration of the Fundação Getulio Vargas (FGV-EAESP) is to support the incorporation of concepts and the practice of sustainable development in all sectors of society, through research, skills-building and the spreading of knowledge.
In the second semester of 2007 Alcoa invited the GVces to put together the development indicators for Juruti (PA) and surrounding areas. To do so it carried out extensive bibliographic research and diagnosed the baseline, based on the collection of secondary data and on preparatory visits to Juruti, Santarém and Belém.
Fundação Nacional da Qualidade (FNQ) [National Quality Foundation]
Alcoa supports the initiatives of the Fundação Nacional da Qualidade, one of the main centers in the world for the study, debate and the spreading of knowledge about excellence in management.
The FNQ’s vocation is aligned with the principles that guide the Alcoa Business System (ABS), which is the company’s unified management system. The objective of the ABS is to generate continuous improvements in all Alcoa’s processes, which will have a financial impact, lead to excellent quality and satisfy customer requirements.
Fundo Brasileiro para a Biodiversidade (Funbio) [Brazilin Biodiversity Fund]
The Fundo Brasileiro para a Biodiversidade (Funbio) is a not-for-profit association that was set up in 1995 with the overall objective of complementing government actions for the conservation and sustainable use of the country’s biological diversity.
Alcoa is a partner of Funbio via the Sustainable Juruti Fund (FUNJUS), which is structured in such a way as to finance projects that promote the sustainable development of Juruti (PA).
Alcoa is one of the founding members of the NGO, Green Building Council Brazil, a branch of the World Green Building Council. GBC Brasil was created with the objective of developing a sustainable construction industry in the country, by encouraging the adoption of green buildings through producing solutions for the civil construction market.
Grupo +Unidos, which was created in 2006 by the then US Ambassador to Brazil, is a partnership between the diplomatic missions of the United States in the country and American companies based in Brazil, through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). The group’s mission is to strengthen alliances between public and private sectors, improve and intensify the corporate responsibility investments of the USA in Brazil in a sustainable way, provide visibility for the investments of companies participating in environmental and social and economic development projects, and promote corporate social responsibility in different segments of Brazilian society.
Instituto Ethos de Empresas e Responsabilidade Social [Ethos Institute of Companies and Social Responsibility]
The Instituto Ethos de Empresas e Responsabilidade Social is a not-for-profit organization, with a mission to mobilize companies, raise awareness levels and help them manage their business in a socially responsible way, by making them partners in the construction of a fair and sustainable society.
Alcoa is an Ethos Institute partner and supports various initiatives of the entity, like the Ethos International conference, the Network for Corporate Social Responsibility and its RSE in the Media program.
Federal University of São Carlos (UFSCar)
Founded in 1968, UFSCar (Federal University of São Carlos) is the only federal higher education institution located outside the São Paulo State capital.
The partnership between Alcoa and the Federal University of São Carlos (UFSCar) in the State of São Paulo has won an international award.
This partnership also guaranteed an increase in the operational availability of the calciners in Poços de Caldas (MG), which are used to produce alumina.
The Health & Happiness Project is a not-for-profit civil institution that was founded in 1985 that aims to promote and support integrated and sustainable participative community development processes that are shown to contribute towards improving public policies, the quality of life and the exercise of citizenship by the populations that benefit.
The Health & Happiness Project’s “Support for the sustainable development of the municipality of Juruti” program is helping Alcoa adopt actions that will be of benefit to the residents of the Para town, such as supporting community organization and basic associations, implementing suitable infrastructure and technology, and supporting territorial organization, etc.
The Turtles of the Amazon Program is organized by the Instituto Brasileiro do Meio Ambiente e dos Recursos Naturais Renováveis (IBAMA) [Brazilian Institute of the Environment and Renewable Natural Resources]. For some time, this program has been a policy instrument for conserving biodiversity, its basic premise being the conservation of turtle species of the Amazon in their natural environments in a sustainable way, with the prospect of keeping people in the countryside, generating employment and income and improving the social, economic and environmental welfare of the communities that live in the basins of the Amazon and Araguaia/Tocantins Rivers. In Juruti, the Program has been developed in a partnership with Alcoa since 2007.
The activities promoted by the Program in Juruti aim to conserve, restore and monitor turtle populations, train producers and community workers and promote environmental education.
Forum Amazonia Sustentável [Sustainable Amazon Forum]
The Fórum Amazônia Sustentável is an organization that was created in 2007 with the objective of bringing together the most diverse sectors of Brazilian society, including businesspeople, governments, academia, traditional populations, trade unions and NGOs, and forming an extensive national network, whose purpose is to debate the sustainable development of the Amazon region in a broad and participative way.
Alcoa is a signatory of the Forum’s Letter of Commitment and a member of its Executive Committee. Civil society organizations, social movements, academic and research institutions, private companies and public signatories look for the best means of relating to the Amazon and monitoring its activities, based on sustainability indicators that were collectively constructed and that are compatible with the specific nature of the Amazon.
The objective of the Movimento Empresarial pela Biodiversidade – Brasil (MEBB) [Corporate Biodiversity Movement – Brazil] is to mobilize the corporate sector for the conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity. It seeks dialogue with government, academia and other sectors of society to improve the legal and regulatory framework regarding themes such as: valuing access to biodiversity, sharing benefits, payments for environmental services, technological innovation, research and other aspects that have an influence on the way in which companies can improve their business while moving in the direction of a sustainable economy.
Alcoa is an active participant of the MEBB, along with the Ministry of the Environment and other partners in the “Dialogues on Biodiversity: constructing the Brazilian strategy for 2020” initiative, whose objective is to construct the national targets of the Convention on Biological Biodiversity’s 2020 strategic plan in a participative way.
The EPC is a permanent corporate platform led by the Sustainability Studies’ Center of the Fundação Getúlio Vargas, whose objective is to mobilize, sensitize and link together corporate leaders in order to manage and reduce greenhouse gas emissions, manage climate risks and propose public policies and positive incentives within the context of climate change.
Launched in a partnership with The Prince of Wales Corporate Leaders Group on Climate Change (CLG) with the support of 27 founding companies of the EPC, it now has 36 participating member companies, including Alcoa. Its objective is to mobilize, sensitize and link together corporate leaders to manage and reduce greenhouse gas emissions, manage climate risks and propose public policies and positive incentives within the context of climate change.
Alcoa is involved in the discussion of the sector plans for the industry, which aim to establish emission targets in order to reduce the greenhouse effect and combat its consequences. The discussions and results will form the basis of the review of the National Climate Change Plan.
The objective of the Brazilian GHG Protocol Program is to encourage companies to adopt a culture that prepares and publishes greenhouse gas emission inventories; it does this by providing participants with access to international quality instruments and standards. The Brazilian Program is the highlight of all GHG Programs worldwide because of the growing adherence of companies; in 2011 more than 90 companies voluntarily joined the program. Alcoa was one of the first companies to take part in this Program, whose purpose is to facilitate the transition to a low carbon economy by Brazilian companies, by training them how to monitor, report and check their own emissions, and how to prepare corporate greenhouse gas emission inventories and publish them.
In 2010 and 2011, Alcoa Brasil achieved Gold certification in the Brazilian GHG Protocol Program, relative to its emissions for 2009 and 2010, respectively. The company was audited by an independent entity, which ratified the gas emission values the company declared.
The Climate Forum – Corporate Action on Climate Change is a working group created to accompany the commitments assumed in the “Open Letter to Brazil on Climate Change”. The Forum comprises companies and organizations that believe that the business sector can make its contribution so that the world makes the necessary transition to a low carbon economy, by taking advantage of new business opportunities and significantly reducing the negative impact of climate change on the planet.
Alcoa is active in the Forum, where it proposes actions, shares good practices, makes suggestions and establishes targets related to climate change.
IBRAM (Instituto Brasileiro de Mineração) [Brazilian Mining Institute] is the national entity that represents companies and institutions that operate in the mining industry. It is a private, not-for-profit association, whose objective is to bring together, represent, promote and publicize the Brazilian mining industry, thereby contributing to its competiveness both nationally and internationally.
The Serviço Social da Indústria (SESI) [Industry Social Service] offers services that enable companies to adopt corporate responsibility practices and an approach to management that is directed at sustainability. It does this by making them aware of the importance of the issue of sustainability for business continuity and helping them qualify their relationships with their different stakeholders.
In November 2012, Alcoa formed a partnership with SESI for arranging an exchange visit with specialists in the Social Responsibility standard, ISO 26000, which will enable the company to direct its actions in such a way that they focus on sustainability.
ISO 26000 is an official standard instrument in Social Responsibility that is capable of integrating the way in which organizations deal with the world around them. It helps them integrate subjects related to governance, the environment, suppliers, customers, communities, labor relations, and others. The standard makes it possible to recognize existing initiatives and structure them appropriately.