August 28, 2013
Alcoa presents its Sustainability Report
Facts relating to the reduction in gas emissions and in water consumption are highlights in the document, which is being published for the tenth consecutive year
Alcoa has just published its Sustainability Report 2012, which presents the company’s main results, what it learned and the challenges it faced during the period. This is the tenth consecutive year that the document has been published by the company and the first time that the report includes the company’s financial statements.
Adopting the same format as suggested in the guidelines of the GRI (Global Reporting Initiative), which is a benchmark in social and environmental reports, the document contains information about the six production units and three company offices in Brazil, as well as about the four hydroelectric power stations in which the company has a stake.
“Another year has gone by and we continue honoring our values and principles, as we seek more and more solutions for sustainable development”, stresses Franklin L. Feder, CEO of Alcoa Latin America Latina & the Caribbean.
Although the year 2012 was a challenging one for the aluminum market and the prospects for a return to competiveness by the sector are expected only in the medium term, Alcoa maintained its commitment to sustainability and made progress in its relationship with local communities in the regions where it operates. It also progressed with regard to its more effective use of energy and water and in its initiatives for reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
“In 2012 the reduction targets for water consumption and emission intensity were updated, due to the company’s positive performance over recent years. These updated numbers are to ensure that the company seeks to achieve targets that are more and more challenging and in accordance with the progress we’ve recorded over the years”, explains Nilson Souza, Sustainability Director for Alcoa Latin America & the Caribbean.
The company reduced the intensity of its CO2 emissions by 24% in its Primary Products units, compared with the target of 30% that was established for 2020. With regard to water, it reduced consumption by 18% in the Primary Products units, compared with the target of 25% established for the same year.
The company also started recycling or reusing 77% of the waste that previously was sent to landfill sites, which exceeded the recycling target of 75% by 2020.
With regard to the community, the company continues investing in social projects by way of the Instituto Alcoa and the Alcoa Foundation. In 2012, R$ 5.1 million was donated to 46 community projects and volunteer programs, which represented more than 50,000 hours of voluntary work by company employees. In Juruti (PA), the 9 de Abril Hospital was inaugurated, which offers top quality medical care for the local population.
The Report is available on the website www.alcoa.com.br, while the video release of the Report is at http://www.youtube.com/alcoatvbrasil.
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 is present in Latin America and the Caribbean 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 2012, Alcoa recorded revenues of R$ 2,6 billion in Brazil. In the same year it was considered a benchmark in sustainability, being one of the year’s 21 model companies in the Guia EXAME de Sustentabilidade [EXAME Magazine’s Sustainability Guide]. In 2013, it was recognized for the twelfth time as one of the Best Companies to Work and for the second consecutive year the Best Company for Women to Work in Brazil, by the Great Place to Work Institute. Further information can be found at www.alcoa.com.br and follow @Alcoa on Twitter at twitter.com/AlcoaBrasil and follow Alcoa on Facebook at facebook.com/AlcoaBrasil.