Human Rights Policy
This policy applies worldwide to Alcoa and its subsidiaries, affiliates, partnerships, ventures and other business associations that are effectively controlled by Alcoa, directly or indirectly (together the "Company"), and all directors, officers and employees of the Company.
Alcoa Corporation (“Alcoa”) acknowledges its responsibility to respect human rights. It is fundamental to the sustainability of our Company and the communities in which we operate. In our Company and across our organization, we are committed to ensuring that people are treated with dignity and respect.
Our Values (Act with Integrity, Operate with Excellence, Care for People, and Lead with Courage) provide the common framework for our decisions, actions and behaviors. They are our universal language – transcending culture, and geography. Living our values requires us to meet the highest standards of corporate behavior in all aspects of business – in all regions of the world.
Alcoa is committed to abiding by international human rights principles encompassed in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the International Labor Organization’s Declaration on Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work, the United Nations Global Compact and the United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights.
Alcoa complies with applicable international and local legal requirements in the countries in which we operate. Where local law conflicts with the principles contained in this Human Rights Policy, Alcoa complies with local requirements while, at the same time, seeking ways to uphold the principles set forth in this Human Rights Policy.
We endeavor to positively impact human rights and we report our contribution to the UN Sustainable Development Goals annually in our Sustainability Report.
Health and Safety
We operate globally in a safe, responsible manner respecting the health of our employees, our customers, suppliers, contractors, and the communities in which we operate. The Company provides a safe and healthy workplace, complies with applicable safety and health laws, regulations and internal requirements. The Company will not compromise any health or safety requirements for profit or production.
Forced Labor, Human Trafficking, and Working Time
We believe that people should work because they want or need to, not because they are forced to do so. Alcoa prohibits the use of all forms of forced labor, including prison labor, indentured labor, bonded labor, military labor, slave labor and any form of human trafficking. Alcoa’s working time practices comply with national law and applicable collective agreements.
Trusting Workplace and Equal Opportunity
We seek to provide a trusting workplace that is safe, respectful and inclusive of all individuals and that is free from harassment, bullying, offensive or disrespectful conduct. Alcoa believes that individuals must be treated fairly and equally in all employment related decisions and these decisions must be based on qualifications and job-related experiences.
Inclusion and Diversity
We seek to provide trusting workplaces that are safe, respectful and inclusive of all individuals and reflect the diversity of the communities in which we operate. Building a talented and diverse workforce strengthens our company and its competitive advantage. Each of us plays an important role in creating an open and inclusive workplace where every individual is able to freely contribute to Alcoa’s success. We embrace our colleagues’ varied backgrounds, cultures and perspectives while valuing our differences.
Children and Young Workers
Our hiring practices conform with the International Labor Organization (ILO) conventions for minimum age and child labor. We comply with all local applicable laws and regulations relating to hiring children and we do not employ children or support the use of child labor. We also encourage the creation of educational, training or apprenticeship programs tied to formal education for young people.
We compensate employees competitively relative to the industry and local labor market and are committed to paying them a living wage. Our compensation philosophy is clearly communicated to employees and we operate in full compliance with applicable wage, work hours, overtime and benefits laws.
Freedom of Association and Collective Bargaining
We respect our employees’ right to join, to form or not to join a labor union without fear of reprisal, intimidation or harassment. Where employees are represented by a legally recognized union, we are committed to establishing a constructive dialogue with their freely chosen representatives. Alcoa is committed to bargaining in good faith with such representatives.
Relationships with Communities
We recognize and respect the diversity, cultures, customs and values of the people in communities where we operate and take into account their needs, concerns and aspirations regarding their heritage and traditions. Furthermore, the Company recognizes its impact on these communities. We are committed to engaging with stakeholders in these communities to ensure that we are listening to, learning from and taking into account their views as we conduct our business. Where appropriate, we are committed to engaging in dialogue with stakeholders on human rights issues related to our business. We believe that local issues are most appropriately addressed at the local level. We are also committed to creating economic opportunity and fostering goodwill in the communities in which we operate through locally relevant initiatives.
We encourage all community stakeholders to report and express their concerns relating to our business activities. We maintain the Alcoa Integrity Line as the reporting mechanism for community stakeholders to report these issues: In the event that our business activities are suspected of causing or contributing to human rights compliance issues, we will investigate, address and respond to the concerns raised and take appropriate corrective action in response to any substantiated allegation.
We are committed to maintaining a workplace that is free from violence, harassment, intimidation and other unsafe or disruptive conditions due to internal and external threats. Security safeguards for employees are provided as needed and will be maintained for employee privacy and dignity.We will promote and require human rights protections to all who have interactions with private and public security forces who are utilized or employed by the Company.
Alcoa is committed to operating in a way that respects and protects the environment wherever we are located. We will not compromise our environmental commitment for profit or production. We respond truthfully and responsibly to questions and concerns about our environmental actions and the impact of our operations on the environment and our hosting communities. In particular, we have the ambition toward Net Zero carbon emissions by 2050 in alignment with the global efforts to mitigate climate change.
Suppliers, Contractors and Joint Ventures
We expect our suppliers, contractors, and our non-controlled corporate affiliates (“joint ventures’) to treat their employees and to interact with communities in a manner that respects human rights and is consistent with the spirit and intent of this policy. We require that our suppliers, contractors, and joint ventures adhere to all applicable domestic laws and encourage them to be consistent with ILO core labor principles. We also engage with our key suppliers, contractors, and joint ventures to reinforce awareness of potential human rights issues. We have established and maintain appropriate procedures to evaluate and select suppliers, contractors, and joint ventures based on our core values, human rights policy, and Supplier Standards.
Human Rights Management Standard
Alcoa’s Human Rights Management Standard implements the Human Rights Policy. This Standard requires all Alcoa Locations to identify, prevent, mitigate, and report on any actual or potential human rights impacts, as a result of its business activities. The Standard sets out the requirements for effective remediation, should Alcoa cause or contribute to an actual human rights impact.
Alcoa’s approach to human rights management is to integrate this standard into all relevant processes.
Alcoa’s Human Rights Council is accountable for overseeing the implementation of the Human Rights Policy through the Human Rights Management Standard.
Due Diligence and Training
We continually evaluate and review how best to strengthen our approach to addressing human rights. We are committed to conducting ongoing human rights due diligence in accordance with the United Nations Guiding Principles for Business and Human Rights and to engage with our key stakeholders around the world to continue to improve our approach. We will develop and implement training on this policy for Alcoa employees and business partners, and annually report on our progress in our Sustainability Report.
We are committed to identifying, preventing, and mitigating adverse human rights impacts related to our business activities by maintaining operational grievance mechanisms that are transparent and accessible across the communities where we operate. If you believe that a conflict arises between the language of this policy and the laws, customs and practices of the place where you work, if you have questions about this policy or if you would like to report a potential violation of this policy, you should raise those questions and concerns through the Integrity Help Chain, which includes: Your supervisor, team leader or another member of management, Human Resources, the Legal Department, your Integrity Champion, Ethics and Compliance, the Integrity Line, or the Alcoa Global Crisis Hotline (call 44-20-37452579 (U.K.) or 412-535-5194 (U.S)).
All concerns will be promptly, impartially, and confidentially investigated and acted upon. We place importance on the provision of an effective remedy wherever human rights impacts occur. We are committed to continue increasing the capacity of our management to effectively identify and respond to these concerns. Furthermore, we continue to build the awareness and knowledge of our employees on human rights encouraging them to speak up, without retribution, about any concerns they may have. Alcoa’s Anti-Retaliation policy expressly prohibits retaliation against anyone who reports any issue in good faith.
We report on our human rights management at a corporate level through our annual Sustainability Report and at location level via Community Advisory Boards or similar, or other local reporting mechanisms.
WHERE TO DIRECT QUESTIONS
Please email Alcoa’s Human Rights Council at HumanRightsCouncil@alcoa.com