Case Studies

  • April 18, 2020

    A Fresh Look at Waste

    A fresh look at two wastes streams at our Intalco Works smelter opened the door to beneficial reuse, helping the location meet waste-reduction goals.

  • April 17, 2020

    A Growing Partnership

    Hundreds of thousands of trees around the world are now helping conserve biodiversity and mitigate climate change, all of which was made possible by a long-term partnership between Alcoa Foundation and American Forests.

  • April 16, 2020

    A Life Saved

    When Doug Buist walked into the onsite medical facility at our Wagerup refinery in Western Australia for his company medical evaluation, he was confident of a good outcome due to his active lifestyle, healthy diet and adherence to Alcoa’s health protection practices. He left with a referral to a cardiologist—an unexpected turn of events that ultimately would save his life.

  • April 15, 2020

    Advanced Technology Meets Mine Rehabilitation Assessment

    Our team in Australia is using remote-sensing technologies to help evaluate bauxite mine rehabilitation efforts, which span thousands of hectares within the jarrah forest of southwest Australia. The task can be challenging due to the size of the area, but these technologies look to improve this important task.

  • April 14, 2020

    Building Climate Resiliency in the Amazon

    In Juruti, Brazil, an innovative agroforestry program supported by Alcoa Foundation is building resilience to climate change while providing additional income sources to the region’s citizens, especially women.

  • April 13, 2020

    Catalysts for Change

    In our mines, refineries and offices throughout Australia, some 300 employee “catalysts” have pledged to promote the development of women, build networks, advocate for change and showcase the successes of women in the workplace.

  • April 12, 2020

    Dam Break Drill Boosts Emergency Preparedness

    A full-scale dam break drill at our Poços de Caldas location in Brazil helped ensure first responders, residents and our employees are prepared in the unlikely event of a failure from one of the site’s bauxite residue storage areas.

  • April 11, 2020

    Greener Transportation

    Despite the significant challenges in using intermodal transportation in Europe, our locations in the region increased their use of this energy-efficient method sixfold in 2019. The effort eliminated 1,500 metric tons of transportation-related greenhouse gas emissions.

  • April 10, 2020

    Meeting Special Needs in Suriname

    A training program funded by Alcoa Foundation is helping teachers in Suriname provide potentially life-changing vocational and environmental education to students with special needs.

  • April 09, 2020

    Nature Does the Work

    Our Intalco Works aluminum smelter let nature help decrease the site’s stormwater runoff and improve the quality of the water in the process.

  • April 08, 2020

    On a Course to Employment

    A partnership between our Alumar operations in São Luís, Brazil, and national training organization SENAI is boosting workforce skill levels and creating sustainable employment opportunities for the region’s residents.

  • April 07, 2020

    People’s Market Connects Rural Producers with Customers

    Every other Wednesday, a unique social partnership occurs at our Alumar operations in Brazil. Small, rural producers seeking a broader customer base connect with our employees, who want a more convenient way to shop for fresh food and other items.

  • April 06, 2020

    Portrait of a Good Neighbor

    Whenever Kevin Carter can use his skills as an attorney to help people, he does not hesitate.

  • April 05, 2020

    Protecting a Western Australian Icon

    A partnership between BirdLife Australia and Alcoa Foundation is working to reverse the decline of a well-loved species of birds in Western Australia. Three black cockatoos—the Baudin’s and Carnaby’s black cockatoos and the forest red-tailed black cockatoo—are currently listed as either endangered or vulnerable.

  • April 04, 2020

    Restoring Waterways, Revitalizing Communities

    Three environmental organizations + Alcoa Foundation funding = The restoration of three rivers + one estuary. This winning equation is positively impacting the economic, environmental and social health of numerous communities across the Peel-Harvey Catchment in Western Australia.

  • April 03, 2020

    Supporting local suppliers

    A small company located in São Luís, Brazil, AMA Armazém de Materiais e Abastecimento Ltda. is always looking for innovative ways to stay ahead of the competition. When the Alcoa Buy online marketplace launched, this distributor of kitchen supplies was quickly onboard.

  • April 02, 2020

    The (Virtual) Reality of Safety

    Surrounded by familiar equipment and sounds, employees at our refineries worldwide are learning how to safely and correctly complete high-risk tasks—without the high risk.

  • April 01, 2020


    At the Deschambault smelter in Québec (Canada), there are nearly 219 reasons why a focused effort on eliminating landfilled waste can be successful.