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Among the highest rates of engagement in the industry


2012 Results

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Engagement and Communication 


We aim to engage our employees and create a work environment built on trust, open communication and cooperation.


Employee Engagement: a Pillar of the Alcoa Business System (ABS)

One of the ways we engage our employees is through the Alcoa Business System (ABS), since improvement and problem-solving rely on employee involvement. Employee engagement is, in fact, one of the three fundamental principles of the ABS system, along with internal and external client satisfaction, and enhancement through the elimination of waste. Throughout our operations, employees are invited to actively participate in life at the plant.


Fostering Engagement through Recognition

Sharing best practices is at the heart of Alcoa's success. The most noteworthy initiatives receive worldwide Impact Awards. These awards, the highest distinction that Alcoa gives its employees, highlight the strengthening of human values, the improvement of economic performance and a positive public profile, while motivating employees to do their best to improve performance and generate enviable results.


In 2012, our region presented 22 worthy projects, a record number, at the Impact Awards. Two of them stood out: an innovative new tool for connecting natural gas conduits called Easy-Lock, developed by Luc Lamothe from Deschambault Smelter, and the ‘’Strategic Raw Materials – Challenges, Opportunities and Success’’ project submitted jointly by our Technology Group and the global Center of Excellence of Alcoa Canada Global Primary Metals, based at the Deschambault Smelter.


One of the Highest Engagement Rates in the Industry

The efforts of Alcoa Canada Global Primary Products to mobilize its employees have been rewarded with an outstanding rate of employee engagement. Every year, Alcoa employees are asked to complete a global survey to obtain a realistic portrait of their views on various important issues, namely management effectiveness, leadership and vision, communication, growth and development, commitment and belonging, recognition, quality, safety, and working conditions. The results are analyzed by country, by business unit, and by plant.


In 2012, the survey showed an engagement and sense of belonging average score above 85% for employees in our Québec plants, the highest level in Alcoa Canada Global Primary Products.