United Nations Global Compact
Alcoa is a values-based company, and we uphold the highest standards of respect for the protection of human rights for all stakeholders.

We are a participant in the United Nations Global Compact. The compact is a strategic policy initiative for businesses that are committed to aligning their operations and strategies with 10 universally accepted principles in the areas of human rights, labor, environment, and anti-corruption.

Statement of Support

Alcoa is fully committed to the United Nations Global Compact. Integrity and respect for people are core Values for Alcoa, and we believe that financial success, social responsibility, and protection of the environment are totally aligned and absolutely essential for long-term sustainability.

The Alcoa Code of Conduct outlines our commitment to be open, honest, and trustworthy in all of our dealings with all stakeholders. Our policies and procedures, which apply to Alcoa-controlled operations globally, specifically incorporate our commitment to human rights, freedom of association, and excellence in environment, health, and safety. In addition, our policies clearly communicate that we will not tolerate forced, compulsory, or child labor; discrimination of any kind; or any forms of corruption and bribery in our global operations.


Klaus Kleinfeld
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer



2015 Communication on Progress

The following overview of our 2015 progress against the 10 principles is supplemented by references to information contained on our external website, www.alcoa.com and 2015 Sustainability Report.

Principles 2015 Progress References
Human Rights
1. Businesses should support and respect the protection of internationally proclaimed human rights.
Alcoa’s Human Rights Policy is available in more than 20 languages on our corporate intranet and internet sites. We respect all internationally proclaimed human rights standards in our operations throughout the world. Treating each person with dignity and respect is one of our core Values. We value diversity and inclusion in all of our operations.

Vision & Values
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Human Rights Policy
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  We continued implementing a third-party supplier due-diligence program with our supplier base. This program includes specific survey questions related to child and slave labor and human trafficking.

 
  The Alcoa Code of Conduct, which is available in 19 languages, provides clear and easy-to-navigate information and guidance on ethics, compliance, and human rights.

 
  We have a robust and mature Integrity Line available 24 hours a day, seven days a week in multiple languages for employees and external stakeholders to report alleged violations of laws and our policies on a confidential basis.

Integrity Line
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  A portion (10%) of our 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 Section in Alcoa’s 2015 Sustainability Report
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2. Businesses should make sure that they are not complicit in human rights abuses.
We seek to understand fully all aspects of how business is conducted where we have our operations throughout the world. Our standard is to contractually require our contractors and suppliers to adhere to the same internationally proclaimed human rights protections and guarantees to which we hold ourselves.

Human Rights Policy
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  We continued implementing a third-party supplier due-diligence program with our supplier base. This program includes specific survey questions related to child and slave labor and human trafficking.

Supply Chain Section in Alcoa’s 2015 Sustainability Report
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  Our Global Supplier Sustainability Program assesses the performance of key suppliers against varied criteria that include human rights components.

 
  Our locations continued using the Alcoa Community Framework, which requires each of our locations to engage with key stakeholders in and around our facilities. Human rights is a critical component of the framework.
Stakeholder Engagement Section in Alcoa’s 2015 Sustainability Report
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Labor
3. Businesses should uphold the freedom of association and the effective recognition of the right to collective bargaining.
Alcoa fully supports an employee’s right to choose whether or not to join a union.

Human Rights Policy
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  We worked cooperatively and in good faith with many labor unions that represent groups of our employees in various facilities throughout the world.
Labor Relations Section of Alcoa’s 2015 Sustainability Report
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4. Businesses should uphold the elimination of all forms of forced and compulsory labor.
We forbid the use of any forced or compulsory labor within our own operations and the operations of our suppliers and contractors. We have policies and procedures in place to ensure that our recruitment practices are fully consistent with our human rights requirements in this regard.

Human Rights Policy
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  We continued implementing a third-party supplier due-diligence program with our supplier base. This program includes specific survey questions related to child and slave labor and human trafficking.

Supply Chain Section in Alcoa’s 2015 Sustainability Report
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  Our Global Supplier Sustainability Program assesses the performance of key suppliers against varied criteria that include labor practices and human rights.
 
5. Businesses should uphold the effective abolition of child labor.
We forbid the use of any child labor within our own operations and the operations of our suppliers and contractors. We have policies and procedures in place to ensure that our recruitment practices are fully consistent with our human rights requirements in this regard.

Human Rights Policy
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  We continued implementing a third-party supplier due-diligence program with our supplier base. This program includes specific survey questions related to child and slave labor and human trafficking.

Supply Chain Section in Alcoa’s 2015 Sustainability Report
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  Our Global Supplier Sustainability Program assesses the performance of key suppliers against varied criteria that include labor practices and human rights.
 
6. Businesses should uphold the elimination of discrimination in respect of employment and occupation.
Our 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 Section in Alcoa’s 2015 Sustainability Report
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  We met our 2015 goal to have women hold 22.3% of our global executive positions (achieved 22.8%).

 
  We received top ranking in the Human Rights Campaign Foundation’s Corporate Equality Index for the seventh consecutive year.
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Environment
7. Businesses should support a precautionary approach to environmental challenges.
Alcoa supports the precautionary approach to environmental challenges.

 
  We have aggressive 2020 and 2030 goals to drive our environmental performance against a 2005 baseline.

Strategic Sustainability Targets Section in Alcoa’s 2015 Sustainability Report
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  We achieved a 31.3% reduction in carbon dioxide intensity (carbon dioxide equivalents per ton of production) against a 2005 baseline in our Global Primary Products business group.

Climate Protection Section in Alcoa’s 2015 Sustainability Report
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  We reduced our freshwater-use intensity (consumption per unit of production) by 13.2% versus 2005 levels.

Water Section in Alcoa’s 2015 Sustainability Report
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  We reduced our landfilled waste by 13.9% versus 2005 levels.

Waste & Emissions Section in Alcoa’s 2015 Sustainability Report
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  We met our 2020 goal of a 15% reduction in bauxite residue land requirements per unit of alumina produced—seven years ahead of schedule—and continued reductions in 2015.
 
8. Businesses should undertake initiatives to promote greater environmental responsibility.
We have aggressive 2020 and 2030 goals to drive our environmental performance against a 2005 baseline.

Strategic Sustainability Targets Section of Alcoa’s 2015 Sustainability Report
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  We use Sustainability Scorecards to measure each business’ progress against key near-term sustainability metrics.

Sustainability Strategy Section in Alcoa’s 2015 Sustainability Report
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  We included an annual carbon dioxide reduction target as a component of our 2015 variable compensation program.

Climate Protection Section in Alcoa’s 2015 Sustainability Report
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  Alcoa Foundation invested 29% of its 2015 funding in environmentally focused programs around the world.

Alcoa Foundation
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  Among our employees, 47% participated in the 2015 Month of Service employee outreach campaign. Many of the activities were focused on the environment.

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

Recycling Section in Alcoa’s 2015 Sustainability Report
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  We implemented a comprehensive strategy to increase the use of revert, or post-consumer material, in aerospace markets.

 
  We segregated and recycled valuable aerospace alloys through a closed-loop system with Boeing.

 
  We operate facilities that recycle aluminum wheel scrap into billet for new wheels.

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

 
  Alcoa and Alcoa Foundation invested approximately US$7.3 million in recycling initiatives between 2007 and 2015.

 
  Our Global Supplier Sustainability Program assesses the performance of key suppliers against varied criteria that include environmental performance.
Supply Chain Section in Alcoa’s 2015 Sustainability Report
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9. Businesses should encourage the development and diffusion of environmentally friendly technologies.
Alcoa 951 bonding technology enables the mass production of aluminum-intensive vehicles like the F-150 truck.

Products Section in Alcoa’s 2015 Sustainability Report
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  Automotive parts made with the Alcoa Micromill® material will be twice as formable and 30% lighter than parts made from high-strength steel.

 
  We introduced a lightweight, all-aluminum commercial truck frame still under development that will reduce truck weight by more than 40% compared to steel frames.

 
  Our 18-kilogram (40-pound) Ultra ONE heavy-duty truck wheel is 47% lighter than a steel wheel of the same size.

 
  We unveiled our Ampliforge™ process, which significantly reduces material input and simplifies production.

 
  We continued to expand the use of the Alcoa-developed Natural Engineered Wastewater Treatment (NEWT™) system to treat sanitary and process wastewater, which is then reused in manufacturing processes.

Water Section in Alcoa’s 2015 Sustainability Report
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  We completed an ambitious initiative that determined the positive greenhouse gas impact of almost all of our products and created a repeatable methodology to track this greenhouse gas handprint. Net Positive Section in Alcoa’s 2015 Sustainability Report
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Anti-Corruption
10. Businesses should work against corruption in all its forms, including extortion and bribery.
The Alcoa Code of Conduct, which is deployed to every employee, and the Alcoa Supplier Standards discuss our zero tolerance for bribery and corruption. All employees receive Code of Conduct training annually.

Ethics & Compliance Program
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  Our Anti-Corruption Policy prohibits facilitation, or “grease” payments, and commercial bribery in addition to bribery of public officials.

Anti-Corruption Policy
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  Approximately 17,000 employees receive online anti-corruption training annually. Employees working in identified areas, such as finance, procurement, legal, compliance, logistics, sales and marketing, and government affairs, receive annual live (in-person or webinar), country-specific anti-corruption training as well.

 
  We require all medium and high-risk third-party intermediaries to complete annual online anti-corruption training to ensure awareness of our Anti-Corruption Program requirements and company Values.

 
  Each year, we recognize International Anti-Corruption Day (December 9 in 2015). A communication from our chief ethics and compliance officer is sent to all employees reaffirming our zero tolerance for bribery and corruption and the duty to operate ethically and in accordance with the law.

 
  Our global Integrity Line and web reporting capability provide employees and external stakeholders with the opportunity to confidentially report any potential violations of law, regulations, and company policies and procedures 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Reports also may be made via letter, fax, email, and online to our Compliance organization or management.

Integrity Line
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  We continued implementing a third-party supplier due-diligence program with our supplier base. This program includes specific survey questions related to child and slave labor and human trafficking.
Supply Chain Section in Alcoa’s 2015 Sustainability Report
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Archived Reports
2014 Communication on Progress
2013 Communication on Progress
2012 Communication on Progress
2011 Communication on Progress
2010 Communication on Progress
2009 Communication on Progress