North America Supplier Sustainability
To Alcoa Suppliers,
Alcoa is recognized as one of the world's most ethical and sustainable companies. Part of our vision of being the best company -- in the eyes of our customers, shareholders, communities and people -- is our commitment to developing and continuously improving upon sustainable business practices.
Sustainability within our procurement function means selecting materials and services that consider the environmental, social, and economic impact in evaluating total cost. It is building relationships with suppliers who behave in a responsible and sustainable manner.
As a part of Alcoa's continuing commitment to sustainable business practices, we expect our suppliers, contractors and others with whom we conduct business to follow our Supplier Standards. In the accompanying pages, we will share Alcoa's approach to sustainability and our expectations of our suppliers.
As an important business partner, you play an integral role in helping us achieve our business conduct and sustainability goals. Your adherence to these standards is fundamental to our success.
Chief Procurement Officer
Click the links to the right to see program details.
Communicating our expectations to our suppliers is a critical component of our program. Some of the ways we communicate these expectations includes:
- Supplier Standards document
- Contractual language within our standard terms and conditions
As a part of Alcoa's continuing commitment to sustainable business practices, we are dedicated to working in partnership with our suppliers to follow our Supplier Standards.
Alcoa's Supplier Standards set forth:
- Alcoa's commitment to environmental, social and economic practices.
- Alcoa's expectations of suppliers, contractors and others with whom we conduct business (collectively referred to as "Suppliers") with respect to sound and responsible environmental, social and economic practices.
We recognize that there are different legal and cultural environments in which Suppliers operate throughout the world. These standards set forth the minimum requirements that Suppliers must meet to do business with us. In order to comply with these requirements, Suppliers should communicate the principles of these standards throughout their supply chain.
We expect and trust that you will honor the environmental, social and economic principles and practices stated in Alcoa's Supplier Standards.
Standard Terms and Conditions
In an effort to clearly communicate Alcoa's expectations with regards to Supplier Sustainability, contractual language regarding Supplier Standards has been added to the North American Standard Terms and Conditions.
As a part of Alcoa’s continuing commitment to Sustainability, we periodically assess our suppliers maturity level using a Supplier Sustainability Questionnaire. The intent of the questionnaire is to promote an open and constructive dialogue in an effort to better understand the practices of our suppliers and to identify improvement opportunities. An honest and transparent supplier self-assessment represents a first step toward working with suppliers to improve sustainability in the supply chain.
The questionnaire focuses on three focus areas:
To access the content of the questionnaire, please click here.
Current suppliers should contact Alcoa for further information concerning the questionnaire.
New suppliers will be directed to the questionnaire as part of the supplier registration process.
Areas of opportunity are identified through the Supplier Sustainability Questionnaire. Individually, Alcoa will share with each supplier our perspective of the results and discuss opportunities for improvement. Potential educational activities could include:
- Training on sustainability
- Virtual supplier workshop where suppliers can ‘stop by’ and ask questions regarding our sustainability program
- Share best practices across the supplier community at large
We will periodically reassess our suppliers to evaluate if any changes have occurred that would influence the suppliers maturity level rating. It is our expectation that a supplier’s maturity level should improve over time.