Sustainability Targets Drive Optimum Performance

 

In 2000, an internal worldwide team analyzed environmental and social trends since 1990 and looked 20 years into the future to develop Alcoa’s 2020 Strategic Framework for Sustainability. That framework has since evolved into a set of strategic targets for our businesses and locations to integrate all aspects of sustainability into their day-to-day operations.

 

Both business leaders and technical experts throughout the company agreed upon the initial short- and long-term targets, which were very aggressive and viewed as stretch goals designed to challenge the organization to think differently to drive optimum performance. We were able to meet or, in some cases, even exceed some of these targets earlier than anticipated. In those cases, we reset the targets. 

 

We continuously review our targets to ensure that we are providing appropriate stretch goals for our businesses. This ensures that we are achieving as much as possible with respect to our most significant sustainability objectives.

 

The following shows the progress we have made.

 

Strategic Sustainability Targets
Targets
Progress Achieved
Through Year-end 2013
From a 2005 baseline, a 30% reduction in total (direct and indirect) carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2e) intensity in Global Primary Products (refining and smelting) by 2020; 35% by 2030. 25.5%
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From a 2005 baseline, a 10% reduction in the energy intensity of Global Primary Products by 2020; 15% by 2030. 3.1%
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A 20% reduction in the energy intensity of all other businesses—Global Rolled Products and Engineered Products and Solutions—by 2020 from their baselines of 2005 and 2010, respectively; 30% by 2030. Global Rolled Products: 15.0%
Engineered Products &
Solutions: 10.3%
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From a 2005 baseline, a 25% reduction in average freshwater-use intensity by 2020; 30% by 2030. 22%
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From a 2005 baseline, a 75% reduction in landfilled waste by 2020 and 100% by 2030. 24%
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Achieve a rolling five-year company-wide ratio of 0.75:1 for new active mining disturbance to rehabilitation; maintain a ratio of 1:1 by 2030 to ensure no net expansion in new disturbance. Projected 1.08:1 by 2015
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Reduce the global footprint for active mining to approximately 4,400 hectares (10,900 acres) by 2020. 15,138 hectares (37,407 acres)
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Rehabilitate 30% of total bauxite residue storage area by 2020; 40% by 2030. 15%
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Recycle or reuse 15% of bauxite residue generated by 2020; 30% by 2030. 0%
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Develop biodiversity plans for key locations by 2015. Three draft plans
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Increase the used beverage can recycling rate in the United States to 75% by 2015 and the global rate to 90% by 2030. United States: 67%
Global: 76%
(2012 data)
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Zero fatalities. Zero employee fatalities in 2013
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A total recordable incident rate of 0.68 by 2020 and 0.19 by 2030. 0.98
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By 2013, achieve the following representation at Alcoa’s management level:
  • Global women: 19%
  • U.S. minority: 16%
Global women: 20.8%
U.S. minority: 15.6%
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By 2020, 100% of manufacturing locations will have implemented the Alcoa Community Framework. 97%
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40% of employees within a business unit or region volunteer in the community through ACTION, Bravo!, or Month of Service. ACTION: 20%
Bravo!: 7%
Month of Service: 62%
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Debt-to-total capitalization consistently between 30% and 35%. 38.1%
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