Alcoa Millennium Development Goals Report

Alcoa directly supports the United Nations’ Millennium Development Goals. The following is a summary of 2014 activities, investments, and partnerships for each relevant goal.

Goal Alcoa Actions References
Eradicate Extreme Poverty and Hunger Alcoa Foundation grants during 2014 included:
  • US$50,000 to a program that delivers meals to homebound elderly on weekends, weekdays, holidays, and times of emergency.
  • US$20,000 to support a nonprofit that improves the health and well-being of people living with serious illnesses by alleviating hunger and malnutrition.
  • US$15,000 to a program with the mission of righting the global food imbalance by addressing the opposing issue of 1 billion people suffering from hunger while 1 billion people suffer from obesity and diabetes through a unique ‘calorie-transfer’ model.
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Achieve Universal Primary Education Education is one of two major strategic priorities for Alcoa Foundation, focusing on projects that increase the number of students enrolled in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) studies.

Grants in 2014 included:
  • Supporting an international nonprofit in its effort to have valuable STEM materials translated for use in Latin American schools;
  • Encouraging interest in STEM fields by providing model airplane kits to teachers. The program reached more than 14,000 students between 2012 and 2014; and
  • Supporting a program in Jamaica that will improve the level of literacy, numeracy, and general preparedness for students who are entering grade one of the primary education system. Training will be provided for teachers and parents across 35 kindergarten-level schools.
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Promote Gender Equality and Empower Women Alcoa’s recruitment processes and practices ensure the protection and respect for all people and that no individual is discriminated against on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, veteran status, genetic information, sex, or age (within statutory limits).

Human Rights Policy
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Equal Employment Opportunity Statement
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  Our company values include respect—we treat all people with dignity and provide a diverse, inclusive work environment.

Vision & Values
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  A portion (10%) of variable compensation for managers and executives was based on progress in achieving diversity and inclusion objectives in each of our businesses and in every region throughout the world.

Inclusion
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  We met our 2014 goals to have women hold 21.3% of our global executive positions (achieved 21.8%) and U.S. minorities hold 16.1% of our U.S. executive positions (achieved 16.4%).

 
  Since its founding in 2003, Alcoa Women’s Network (AWN) has been a catalyst for the development and advancement of women leaders throughout the company. AWN works to help improve the recruitment, retention, and promotion of these leaders within Alcoa.

 
  We received top ranking in the Human Rights Campaign Foundation’s Corporate Equality Index for the sixth consecutive year.

Awards
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  Alcoa Foundation is supporting the American Association of University Women’s effort to increase the number of women in engineering at Budapest Technical University, College of Dunaújváros, and Óbudai University in Hungary.

Environmental Scan for STEM Learning and Career Choice In the Székesfehérvár Region
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  Our Brazilian operations implemented wide-ranging initiatives that increased women in its workforce by 6% in under two years and helped motivate the country’s women to pursue degrees and enter the labor force. Case Study
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Improve Maternal Health Alcoa Foundation supports an institute in Suriname that promotes health and the strengthening of underprivileged communities. The US$40,000 initiative is an effort to expose teenage mothers to options they have to better prepare themselves for self-sufficiency. The program also addresses the information gap with respect to prevention of teenage pregnancy through schools in the area. Teen mothers are given training and guidance to rediscover their own abilities and strengths, creating a higher level of self-esteem and confidence. Alcoa Foundation
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Combat HIV/AIDS, Malaria, and Other Diseases Alcoa Foundation invested US$80,000 to support communication to the community and healthcare workers regarding Ebola, risk factors for acquiring the disease, and risk-mitigation strategies. Alcoa Foundation
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Ensure Environmental Sustainability We have aggressive 2020 and 2030 goals to drive our environmental performance against a 2005 baseline.

Strategic Sustainability Targets
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  We use Sustainability Scorecards to measure each business’ progress against key near-term sustainability metrics.

Sustainability Strategy
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  We included an annual carbon dioxide reduction target as a component of our 2014 variable compensation program.

Climate Protection
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  Alcoa Foundation invested 30% of its 2014 funding in environmentally focused programs around the world. This included a US$1.5 million investment in environmental literacy programs focused on giving Alcoa employees, their children, and teachers in their communities the opportunity to participate in environmental education programs around the world, enabling them to become sustainability ambassadors upon their return.

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  Among our employees, 58% participated in the 2014 Month of Service employee outreach campaign. Many of the activities were focused on the environment.

Month of Service
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  We have established a closed-loop recycling system for the new aluminum-intensive Ford F-150 truck.

Recycling
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  We developed an aerospace recycling model to overcome logistics barriers to establishing closed-loop systems with customers.

 
  We built a second recycling facility that uses Hertwich furnace technology to recycle aluminum wheel scrap into billet for new wheels.

 
  Alcoa Foundation became the first committed funding partner of The Recycling Partnership, a new public/private partnership to increase packaging recycling rates in the United States.

 
  Alcoa and Alcoa Foundation invested approximately US$6.5 million between 2007 and 2014 to develop community-based recycling programs.

 
  Our Global Supplier Sustainability Program assesses the performance of key suppliers against varied criteria that include environmental performance.

Supply Chain
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  Alcoa 951 bonding technology, which received the prestigious R&D 100 Award in 2014, enables the mass production of aluminum-intensive vehicles like the F-150 truck.

Products
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  Automotive parts made with the new Alcoa Micromill® material will be twice as formable and 30% lighter than parts made from high-strength steel.

 
  We introduced four specialty foundry alloys that enable lightweighting and boost performance in automobiles.

 
  The new Ultra ONE™ heavy-duty truck wheel helps trucks shed weight for increased payload and fuel efficiency.

 
  We entered into a joint development agreement with Phinergy to further develop electric vehicle batteries that run on air and aluminum. Press Release
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Develop a Global Partnership for Development Alcoa Foundation supported an effort to set up 10 multimedia classrooms in rural China to bring technology and environmental education to students in areas with limited resources. Currently, 50 million students in rural China have no access to computers, limiting their opportunities for technological literacy. Alcoa Foundation
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