Alcoa employees in Iceland have committed their energy, time and talent for community benefit, with employee volunteerism at Fjardaal at 30% - in only the second year the Alcoa facility has been in operation.
- Despite the freezing temperatures and news of a collapse in Iceland’s banking system, 252 Alcoa employees, family members and neighbors came together in September and October for the 2008 Alcoa Worldwide Month of Service to volunteer on community projects - and inspire others in the community to do likewise.
- Seven group volunteer “ACTION” events with local organizations, strengthened community facilities which are relied upon even more heavily for social cohesion and community support during times of crisis.
- The projects included: working with the Red Cross and the Hafdis, Arsol and Gerpir Rescue Squads to repair local search and rescue facilities; constructing a hiking trail leading to the Eider Cultural and Education Center for the use of children in Eidavatn; and renovating training facilities, trails and playground equipment at recreational facilities heavily used by families in East Iceland.
Positive Impact on Diversity and the Workplace
Alcoa is committed to building a diverse workforce and supporting local young women to pursue ambitious careers through a range of education and training programs and best practice human resource management strategies.
- Alcoa Fjardaal is a significant new employer in East Iceland, in a region of the country where traditionally a limited range of employment opportunities exist which have driven large numbers of women and youth to the capital in search of alternative employment opportunities.
- This year, Alcoa Fjardaal received the prestigious 2008 Gender Equality Award from the Gender Equality Council in Iceland for increasing female recruitment levels and eliminating gender wage differentials which have traditionally prevailed in the region.
- The Gender Equality Council commended Alcoa Fjardaal for its strategies in encouraging women to seek vocational education and for encouraging the use of parental leave by men as well as women.
- With women comprising 28% of all Alcoa Fjardaal’s employees - 27% as managers and 34% as operators – this has set a new record within Alcoa and may well have set a record in the aluminum industry as a whole.