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Guidelines and initiatives


As an industry leader, we feel it is important to help develop guidelines and standards that will move the industry closer to sustainability. As such, Alcoa continues to actively participate in the development and achievement of the International Aluminium Institute’s “Aluminium for Future Generations Sustainable Development Programme.” This program comprises 13 voluntary objectives and 22 performance indicators that are designed to encourage continual improvement in the industry’s sustainability performance.


In 2009, Alcoa Inc. became a participant in the United Nations Global Compact, the world’s largest corporate responsibility initiative. As a participant, we pledged to advance several goals related to the environment, human rights, labor standards, and anti-corruption, as well as report on our progress. Alcoa supports the precautionary principle under the UN Global Compact. Consistent with that principle, we advocate a risk-based approach to our operations through our extensive management systems.


In 2010, Alcoa Canada Global Primary Products renewed its partnership with the City of Montréal’s Sustainable Development Plan, maintaining our commitment to complete at least ten concrete actions by the end of 2015 and to ensure their follow-up. We also signed the Déclaration de la collectivité de l'Île de Montréal en faveur de la biodiversité et du verdissement. (In French only).


Since 2011, we have supported the development of the BNQ21000 method, notably by allowing some of our suppliers to participate in pilot projects for the implementation of this process for integrating sustainability in organizations.


In 2012, we completed the second term (2008-2012) of the agreement for reducing GHG. We were the first to sign this agreement with the Ministère du Développement durable, de l’Environnement, de la Faune et des Parcs in 2002, for the 2002-2008 period.


Under an agreement reached in 2008 with the Government of Québec for the electricity supply to our plants and the modernization of the Baie-Comeau Smelter, we also signed an additional environmental performance agreement specifically for that facility.