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September 30, 2010
Alcoa Joins the Sustainability Consortium
NEW YORK--Alcoa (NYSE:AA), together with Alcoa Foundation, announced today that
Alcoa has become a founding member of the Sustainability Consortium, an
independent group of global organizations working to drive
sustainability in products through all lifecycle stages.
The consortium is composed of scientists and engineers from leading
universities, governments, non-government organizations and businesses,
who are working to develop lifecycle analysis tools and methodologies.
“Alcoa Foundation is supporting the Sustainability Consortium because we
believe that society and consumers have much to benefit from lifecycle
analysis that measures the full environmental footprint of a product -
from the materials used to create it, to the product’s recyclability at
the end of its initial life,” said Alcoa Foundation President Paula
Davis. “We are proud to partner with organizations from different
sectors and the University of Arkansas and Arizona State University to
advance this important work.”
Alcoa will contribute lifecycle analysis data to the work, as well as
its expertise and knowledge of aluminum, one of the most recycled
materials in the world. Nearly 75 percent of all of the aluminum made
since 1888 is still in use today.
“For Alcoa, joining the Sustainability Consortium is a natural fit
because of the environmental benefits that aluminum brings to end
products, such as light weighting and recyclability,” said Chief
Sustainability Officer Kevin Anton. “Alcoa believes that good science
requires good metrics. By increasing global transparency across a
product’s entire supply chain, we can evaluate the real environmental
footprint of a product – an analysis that our customers want to know and
incorporate into their own sustainability equations. Beyond corporate
responsibility, lifecycle measurement across materials, production and
re-use phases is quickly becoming a business imperative for all
The Sustainability Consortium is managed by the Global Institute of
Sustainability at Arizona State University and the University of
Arkansas Applied Sustainability Center.
"It is important that the consortium involve organizations from every
arena," said Jon Johnson, co-director of the consortium and executive
director of the University of Arkansas Applied Sustainability Center.
"Alcoa provides a unique perspective that will enhance the work of the
team overall. I am pleased to welcome Alcoa and their leading experts to
Sustainability has long been an integral part of Alcoa’s culture, and
the company has been recognized for its sustainable practices by a
number of independent organizations. Earlier this year, Alcoa was named
to the Dow Jones Sustainability Index for the ninth straight year, and
Alcoa primary aluminum earned Cradle to Cradle® Certification
– Silver from MBDC (McDonough Braungart Design Chemistry), a global
sustainability consulting and product certification firm that developed
the Cradle to Cradle® concept in 1995.
Alcoa is the world’s leading producer of primary aluminum, fabricated
aluminum and alumina. In addition to inventing the modern-day aluminum
industry, Alcoa innovation has been behind major milestones in the
aerospace, automotive, packaging, building and construction, commercial
transportation, consumer electronics and industrial markets over the
past 120 years. Among the solutions Alcoa markets are flat-rolled
products, hard alloy extrusions, and forgings, as well as Alcoa® wheels,
fastening systems, precision and investment castings, and building
systems in addition to its expertise in other light metals such as
titanium and nickel-based super alloys. Sustainability is an integral
part of Alcoa’s operating practices and the product design and
engineering it provides to customers. Alcoa has been a member of the Dow
Jones Sustainability Index for nine consecutive years and approximately
75 percent of all of the aluminum ever produced since 1888 is still in
active use today. Alcoa employs approximately 59,000 people in 31
countries across the world. More information can be found at www.alcoa.com.
About Alcoa Foundation
Alcoa Foundation is a nonprofit U.S. corporate foundation with assets of
approximately US$420 million. In addition to addressing locally
identified needs in communities where Alcoa operates, Alcoa Foundation
is focused on unlocking solutions to critical environmental
sustainability challenges, including global climate change. Alcoa
Foundation has been a long-term partner in Alcoa communities worldwide
for more than fifty years, investing over US$515 million since 1952.
More information can be found at www.alcoa.com/foundation.
About The Sustainability Consortium
The Sustainability Consortium is an independent organization of diverse
global participants that work collaboratively to build a scientific
foundation that drives innovation to improve consumer product
sustainability. It develops transparent methodologies, tools and
strategies to drive a new generation of products and supply networks
that address environmental, social and economic imperatives. The
Sustainability Consortium advocates for a transparent process and
system, not individuals or organizations. The University of Arkansas and
Arizona State University jointly administer the Sustainability
Consortium. Learn more at www.sustainabilityconsortium.org.