01 February 2013

Alcoa receives 2013 Catalyst Award for Global Diversity Initiative


The company overcame barriers in a male-dominated industry and achieved greater gender representation

Alcoa has just received the prestigious 2013 Catalyst Award, honoring innovative organizational approaches that address the hiring, development, and advancement of women in the workplace. Alcoa’s initiative “Building Opportunities for Women in a ‘Hard Hat’ Company,” is an example of how the company broke down barriers in a male-dominated industry and achieved greater gender representation through an aggressive diversity program.

“This year’s Catalyst Award-winning initiatives demonstrate that global gender diversity strategies at multinational corporations can be implemented in a way that meets the needs of local regions and businesses,” said Ilene H. Lang, President and CEO of Catalyst. “And they are all championed by male CEOs who understand the corporate advantage in including women in top leadership and have made women’s advancement a top organization-wide priority from day one”.

“Alcoa is a stronger, more competitive company because we make inclusion through diversity a priority,” said Alcoa Chairman and CEO Klaus Kleinfeld. He added, “We built meaningful goals into our operations, compensation, and human resource systems to drive progress. This recognition from Catalyst further validates our efforts and motivates us to continue building an inclusive work environment. We want our businesses to benefit fully from the leadership and engagement of women, and we want to become a role model for other ‘hard hat’ companies. Talent is the ultimate sustainable advantage,” concluded Kleinfeld.

An example of the employability of women in Alcoa is happening in the Juruti (PA) unit, in which almost one in every five workers is female and 44% of them occupy leadership positions. Female employees work in all functions in the mine, such as supervisors, locomotive engineers, heavy equipment operators, technicians, etc. “I’m proud to be a heavy equipment operator. My willingness to learn helped me break down barriers within society and develop my career at Alcoa”, emphasizes Lauriana da Silva Guimarães, a production operator in the unit.

Since 1987, Catalyst has recognized exceptional corporate initiatives for promoting women in the workplace with the Catalyst Award, which personifies the Catalyst vision: “Changing workplaces. Changing lives”. Alcoa’s global initiative, “Creating Opportunities for Women in Hard Hat Companies”, is representative of its diversity initiatives, which link responsibility to female executive compensation and include innovative talent management programs that Alcoa business units customize to develop female supervisors and leaders in Alcoa refineries, smelters and plants worldwide.

Alcoa, The Coca-Cola Company, and Unilever will present in-depth discussions on their initiatives at the 2013 Catalyst Awards Conference at the Waldorf Astoria in New York on March 19, 2013. The Conference, which is sponsored by Wal-Mart, will feature keynote speaker, Ursula Burns, Chairman and CEO, Xerox Corporation.

About Catalyst
Founded in 1962, Catalyst is the leading nonprofit membership organization expanding opportunities for women and business. With offices in the United States, Canada, Europe, and India, and more than 600 members, Catalyst is the trusted resource for research, information, and advice about women at work. Catalyst annually honors exemplary organizational initiatives that promote women's advancement with the Catalyst Award.

About the Catalyst Award
The Catalyst Award annually honors innovative organizational approaches with proven, measurable results that address the recruitment, development, and advancement of all women, including diverse women. Since 1987, Catalyst has recognized 79 initiatives at 73 organizations from around the world whose groundbreaking diversity and inclusion initiatives have changed workplaces, communities, and lives.

About Alcoa Inc.
Alcoa is the world’s leading producer of primary and fabricated aluminum, as well as the world’s largest miner of bauxite and refiner of alumina. In addition to inventing the modern-day aluminum industry, Alcoa innovation has been behind major milestones in the aerospace, automotive, packaging, building and construction, commercial transportation, consumer electronics and industrial markets over the past 125 years. Among the solutions Alcoa markets are flat-rolled products, hard alloy extrusions, and forgings, as well as Alcoa® wheels, fastening systems, precision and investment castings, and building systems in addition to its expertise in other light metals such as titanium and nickel-based super alloys. Sustainability is an integral part of Alcoa’s operating practices and the product design and engineering it provides to customers. Alcoa has been a member of the Dow Jones Sustainability Index for 11 consecutive years and approximately 75 percent of all of the aluminum ever produced since 1888 is still in active use today. Alcoa employs approximately 61,000 people in 30 countries across the world. For more information, visit and follow @Alcoa on Twitter at

About Alcoa
Alcoa Alumínio S.A. is a subsidiary of Alcoa Inc. which is the world’s leading producer of primary aluminum and fabricated aluminum, as well as the world’s largest miner of bauxite and refiner of alumina. The company employs approximately 61,000 people in 31 countries and for the eleventh consecutive year the company is a member of the Dow Jones Sustainability Index. Alcoa has been in Latin America and the Caribbean since the end of the 50’s where it has operations in Brazil, Jamaica and Suriname and about 7,000 employees. This year, the company completes 125 years of operations in the world.

In Brazil the company operates in the whole of the aluminum production chain, from bauxite mining to the production of transformed products. Alcoa has six production units and three offices in the states of Maranhão, Minas Gerais, Pará, Pernambuco, Santa Catarina, São Paulo and the Federal District. The company also has shareholdings in four hydroelectric power stations: Machadinho and Barra Grande on the border of the states of Santa Catarina and Rio Grande do Sul; Serra do Facão in Goiás; and Estreito, between Maranhão and Tocantins. In 2011, Alcoa recorded revenues of R$ 2,5 billion in Brazil. In 2012 it was considered a benchmark in sustainability and was one of the year’s 21 model companies in the Guia EXAME de Sustentabilidade [EXAME Magazine’s Sustainability Guide]. Further information can be found at