Case Studies

These case studies illustrate how Alcoa is acting upon its commitment to sustainable development throughout the world. We are pleased with this progress, but look forward to achieving even more.

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2013 — Economic

Our participation recognized at the BNQ 21000 gala

As part of its responsible procurement initiatives, Alcoa Canada Global Primary Products has supported the BNQ 21000 project for a number of years. Initiated in 2008 by the ministère du Développement économique, de l’Innovation et de l’Exportation (MDEIE) and partners such as Neuvaction, the Université de Sherbrooke and the Bureau de normalisation du Québec, the BNQ 21000 method offers companies a guide and operating tools to take steps toward sustainable development. Our own sustainable development approach is inspired by some of the principles of the BNQ 21000 method.
In 2011 and 2012, a dozen of our suppliers took part in one of four BNQ 21000 pilot projects, an initiative we co-financed. The pilot projects offered participants support, advice and tools to assist them in their approach to sustainable development.
At the 2012 BNQ 21000 recognition gala held at the Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec, Claude Vincent, Director, Health, Safety and Environment, awarded a commemorative plaque to the 12 suppliers to highlight the high quality of their contributions to the pilot projects.
The initial projects were such a success and identified so many new challenges that Alcoa Canada Global Primary Products took the initiative of encouraging five more of its suppliers to participate in a new pilot project in January 2013 on a slimmed down version of the BNQ 21000 method. Also co-funded by Alcoa, the project is addressed to SMEs of 50 employees or less. The five participating companies are:
  • Groupe de la Côte (Baie-Comeau): Cleaning/repair of safety clothing for the Baie-Comeau Smelter.
  • Équipements industriels BDL (Baie-Comeau): Forklift maintenance and rental.
  • Nettoyeur Gariépy (Deschambault): Cleaning/repair of safety clothing for the Bécancour and Deschambault Smelters.
  • Vohl (Deschambault): Manufacturing/sale of metal parts.
  • Techfab Gauthier (Montréal): Copper inserts in cathode bars.
At the same gala, we had the pleasure of receiving a commemorative plaque for our own commitment to another pilot project, this time alongside the Conseil patronal en environnement du Québec. It gave us the opportunity to share our thoughts on the tools conceived for the development and application of the BNQ 21000 method.