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April 30, 2007

Alcoa Issues 2006 Corporate Sustainability Highlights Report

NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Alcoa today announced it has released its 2006 Sustainability Highlights, which detail the company’s global environmental, social and economic performance to deliver net long-term benefits to all stakeholders. More detail is available online in the Sustainability section of alcoa.com at http://www.alcoa.com/sustainability. It is the fifth year Alcoa has published the report.

“Sustainability is about every day performance in search of excellence. The key to performance is engagement – engagement at all levels, in all our communities. It is about people and doing the right things–everyday and always—while continuously investing in the future,” said Alcoa Chairman and CEO Alain Belda.

Some 2006 sustainability accomplishments include:
  • Alcoa, as a founding member of the U.S. Climate Action Partnership (USCAP), joined nine highly esteemed U.S.-based companies and four leading environmental organizations to call on the U.S. government to quickly enact strong national legislation to achieve significant reductions of greenhouse gas emissions.
  • More than 140 leaders in conservation and sustainability attended the first Alcoa Foundation Advancing Sustainability Conference in Brussels. The gathering is part of the six-year, US$8.6 million Alcoa Foundation Conservation and Sustainability Fellowship Program designed to fund fellowships around the world to study conservation and sustainability issues.
  • Alcoa held a global water summit attended by external experts in sustainable water management to raise awareness of the sensitivity of fresh water availability in certain regions of the world, allow best practice sharing, and identify several projects aimed at reducing water use.
  • In 2006, Alcoa posted its highest annual sales (US$30.4 billion) and income from continuing operations (US$2.2 billion) in its history.
  • Alcoa sustained significant advances in mine rehabilitation programs. In Guinea, for example, a record 250 hectares (618 acres) was rehabilitated to a combination of native dry savannah vegetation and tree crops, mainly cashew nuts.
  • Alcoa’s lost workday and total recordable injury rates remain significantly below national averages, with 82.3% of reporting locations having zero lost workdays compared to 61.5% in 2005. And 45.2% of locations had zero recordable injuries versus 31.4% the prior year.


Alcoa is the world's leading producer and manager of primary aluminum, fabricated aluminum and alumina facilities, and is active in all major aspects of the industry. Alcoa serves the aerospace, automotive, packaging, building and construction, commercial transportation and industrial markets, bringing design, engineering, production and other capabilities of Alcoa's businesses to customers. In addition to aluminum products and components including flat-rolled products, hard alloy extrusions, and forgings, Alcoa also markets Alcoa® wheels, fastening systems, precision and investment castings, structures and building systems. The company has 122,000 employees in 44 countries and has been named one of the top most sustainable corporations in the world at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. More information can be found at www.alcoa.com