SUSTAINABILITY IN GUINEA

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Sustainability Approach

 

At Alcoa Guinea, integrating sustainability into every activity—from the earliest phases of project development through construction and operation—is critical to establishing and maintaining enduring positive partnerships with stakeholders. Such partnerships ensure long-term viability of existing and future operations and the benefits they bring to the country, local communities, and Alcoa.

In Guinea, we are a minority partner in Compagnie des Bauxites de Guinée (CBG), a bauxite mining operation.

We are also evaluating the feasibility of establishing a state-of-the-art alumina refinery to be constructed in Guinea’s Boké region. The proposed project, known as the Kabata Refinery Project, is a joint undertaking with Rio Tinto Alcan.

The project partners have been working to assess the greenfield project’s feasibility since 2005, and we remain in the pre-feasibility stage. Detailed assessments of environmental and social baseline conditions are complete, and an internationally recognized consultant is preparing baseline reports.

In all of our partnerships, we work hard to ensure that our processes and systems are fairly considered and, most important, that our Alcoa values are always upheld.
 


Bauxite mining in Guinea.

Products

CBG has exclusive rights to mine bauxite in Guinea's Sangaredi Plateau. In addition to mining in Sangaredi, CBG operates a port in Kamsar for drying and shipping bauxite to refineries worldwide.

 

Workplace

Health & Safety

Our employees in Guinea typically work in an office environment unless visiting the CBG mine site. We follow all Alcoa standards and policies in regards to health and safety, and we have achieved the company’s global goals of zero fatalities, injuries, and illnesses.

 

Health & Safety Performance
  Fatalities
Employee/contractor
Lost Workday
Incident Rate
Days Away, Restricted, or Transferred (DART) Rate Total Recordable
Incident Rate
2008 0 0 0
2009 0 17.84 17.84
2010 0 0 0
2011 0 0 0
2012 0 0 0 0

 

People

We believe in growing local talent, and we have hired a diverse group of university-educated men and women from across Guinea to serve as local project representatives for the proposed refinery project.

Alcoa employed 16 people in Guinea at the end of 2012. Of these, 14 are Guinean nationals and two are expatriates who lead community and resettlement initiatives for the refinery project. 


Supply Chain

We are working toward building local processes to integrate sustainability into the supply chain of the proposed Kabata Refinery Project.

We require every supplier to comply with all laws and Alcoa’s Supplier Standards. These standards set forth our expectations with respect to sound and responsible environmental, social, economic, and ethical business practices.


Community

Consultation

If realized, the Kabata Refinery Project may involve relocating up to 5,000 community members. Through early consultations in the potentially affected communities, the project partners have established positive relationships and defined communication processes that promote open dialogue with both communities that may be resettled and their potential host communities.

To promote harmony in the communities affected by the project, the project partners, in collaboration with community leaders, have been evaluating potential resettlement sites that would enable affected families to have their livelihoods restored and improved as they participate in the regional growth that the proposed refinery project would stimulate. The project partners also have structured a community development initiative to promote public-private partnerships to support sustainable community development priorities.

The project’s Resettlement Advisory Group (RAG) consists of representatives from the potentially affected communities, local government, Alcoa, and Rio Tinto Alcan. In this forum, all issues and priorities regarding resettlement are discussed and strategies developed. The advisory group currently targets quarterly meetings, with three meetings held in both 2011 and 2012. With the establishment of the Negotiation Committee in early 2013, more frequent meetings will be conducted as project activities ramp up.


Investment

Working with local non-governmental organizations (NGOs), the refinery project partners have structured and implemented a number of community projects. These include drinking-water wells, literacy programs, plant nurseries, a rural electrification pilot, and road repairs.

In June 2012, the literacy project completed another phase, with 780 participants achieving basic literacy skills (level 1 and level 2). Level 3 of the program started in early 2013, and additional phases are being developed to prepare participants for more advanced skills training that will enable them to compete for jobs in the refinery project. 

The refinery project partners also initiated a seedling project with the Guinea Agriculture Research Institute to prepare plant nurseries to support the future needs of communities that will be resettled. To date, the project has resulted in two nursery sites. In 2012, 12,852 plants from the Balandougou nursery and 8,000 plants from the Lansanaya nursery were donated to surrounding communities through the Villages Collectivities Support Project. 

In response to community requests, the refinery project partners are supporting an initiative led by the Guinea Office of Rural Electrification (BERD) to introduce sustainable alternatives that will help project-affected communities address the absence of available electricity. In 2011, BERD and the refinery project partners signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to initiate a rural electrification pilot project in a community near the proposed refinery site. An addendum to the MOU was signed in 2012, and construction of the infrastructure began. The initiative is scheduled to begin producing electricity in 2013.

The refinery project partners are also supporting a road repair initiative inside the project zone with local partners that include the Projet d’Appui aux Collectitites Villageoises, Kamsar Rural Commune, Boké Rural Road Office, and the communities. The initiative will improve access to the communities, which are currently limited in their ability to receive and provide goods and services, particularly during the rainy seasons.

In partnership with local and international NGOs, Alcoa and Alcoa Foundation have supported other community development initiatives in Guinea to address identified community needs. These projects have focused on improving health, education, sustainability, conservation, gender diversity, and capacity-building.

 

In 2012, we continued to expand our partnership with School to School International to improve the quality of health education, knowledge, and good practices of students and teachers in the 22 primary schools in the Boké region. The initiative also facilitates the implementation of teacher/parent-driven projects to improve the quality of education and health in schools and with community partners.

 


An Alcoa Foundation partnership is helping girls in four primary schools in Guinea remain in school and obtain a quality education.

An ongoing partnership with FHI 360 helps communities address local constraints that prevent girls from attending school and to help the girls improve academic performance and grades. The project has been very successful in the Tassara and Correrah schools (Boké prefecture), where the girls achieved an average 70% success rate for their 2011/2012 final exams compared to the national average of 30%. (Read the case study.)

We are working with the International Foundation for Education and Self-Help to provide the Centre de Formation Professionnelle of Boké with English and computer science classes. The training is conducted by three Guinean volunteer educators using computers purchased with an Alcoa Foundation grant. The vocational training school is training students to become skilled workers who will be employed by different enterprises, particularly mining companies, in the region.

 

Employee Volunteer Hours
2008 105
2009 0
2010 84
2011 84
2012 84

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