Our advisory committees
Sustainability Advisory Committee
The Sustainability Advisory Committee
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We cannot expect to grow and prosper without the support of our host communities. When these communities have a problem, it becomes our problem. We have learned that it is much easier to resolve an issue – theirs or ours – with neighborhood partners than with complete strangers.
We have excellent examples of relationship building in many locations where we operate. However, we must continue to improve so that our work we do with our communities generates lasting value. The Alcoa Community Framework helps us do this by establishing a consistent level of community citizenship for every Alcoa operating location.
Relationship building is a process that takes time and consistent effort. We believe it will lead us to become the best company in each of the communities where we live and work.
Sustainability Advisory Committee
Alcoa Canada Global Primary Products established a Sustainability Advisory Committee in 2006. Its mission is to counsel the organization on how to best integrate the sustainability concerns and expectations of Québec society into its operations. The committee is made up of 10 external members from various areas of activity and five representatives of Alcoa management. The group, which meets two or three times a year, discusses the various sustainability issues they have established as priorities. Alcoa holds a presentation on the subject retained and participants then proceed to comment and make suggestions during a group workshop. These comments and suggestions are analyzed and recommendations made to the Alcoa Canada Global Primary Products management team. Alcoa then responds to the committee regarding the ideas that have been retained:
Issues covered to date by the committee are:
- Community support
- Wealth creation and local procurement
- Succession management
- Greenhouse gas emissions
- The company’s Sustainability website
- Employee engagement
- Work/life balance
- A review of the committee’s way of operating
- What issues to consider as part of the sustainability strategy
- Sustainable communities
- The Alcoa Fund for Sustainable Communities
- Sustainable procurement
Information Exchange Committee
The Information Exchange Committee was created in June 2009 and is made up of key stakeholders from various areas of the company. The committee assists Alcoa with various projects, helping ensure that local concerns are taken into consideration.
Community Advisory Committees
As part of its environmental strategy, Alcoa recommended in 2000 that each of its facilities create a Community Advisory Committee (CAC) to ensure a direct link with the main community stakeholders in the economic, environmental, educational, agricultural, political, and health sectors. Several Alcoa Canada Global Primary Products facilities had already established ties with their community, and the CAC initiative helped formalize existing structures.
Yearly CAC meetings are an opportunity for our plants to share their progress and discuss major issues, while taking stock of the concerns and objectives of the local communities. Furthermore, the CACs play an important advisory role in establishing priorities and consensus on which local applications will be presented to Alcoa Foundation.
Alcoa Sustainable Communities Fund
In 2011, as part of its development program in Québec, Alcoa Canada Global Primary Products announced the creation of three local funds with a total of $25 million to be disbursed over a 25-year period for sustainability initiatives in the communities where its smelters are located. These funds are aimed at increasing the quality of life in these communities, by supporting sustainability and education to retain and attract young people to these regions. To find out more, go to the Sustainable Communities section.
Discussion group with the Union des producteurs agricoles (UPA)
Immediately upon start-up, the Deschambault Smelter established a discussion group with the Union des producteurs agricoles (UPA), the local farmers’ union. The meetings, held two to three times a year, ensure a constant flow of information on the results of the environmental analyses conducted in the area neighboring the facility, while providing an opportunity to discuss issues of common interest.
Community Advisory Committee – Bécancour Industrial Park
The Bécancour Smelter joined this committee, originally established by a group of chemical companies from the Bécancour industrial park, a few years ago to strengthen its ties with the local community. The committee, which meets about four times a year, is made up of representatives from area businesses and the community. Local residents present their questions and concerns, which are often related to safety and the environment. In return, the companies share information, commit to actions and disclose their results in a spirit of open collaboration. Because all the parties gain a better understanding of the expectations and interests of others, a number of situations have been quickly resolved without conflict.