Respect for human rights and the interests, cultures, customs and values of employees and communities is embedded in our Alcoa Values.
Our commitment to support the United Nations Guiding Principles for Business and Human Rights and the International Labour Organization Core Conventions are incorporated into our Human Rights Policy. We strive to ensure this commitment is exemplified by our actions and from our employees, suppliers and business partners. If we become aware of any potential violations to our policy, we act quickly and decisively.
Our Human Rights Policy operates in conjunction with the following:
- Alcoa Code of Conduct and employee training, both of which cover human rights
- Indigenous Peoples Policy
- Social Policy
- Supplier Standards, which explicitly indicate respect of human rights
- Internal and third-party supplier assessment programs for new and existing suppliers
- Equal Employment Opportunity Policy
- Harassment and Bullying Free Workplace Policy
- Integrity Line for employees, suppliers and the general public to report potential violations or concerns
The Alcoa Human Rights Council is sponsored at the executive level of Alcoa and includes representatives from each key resource unit and each region where we have operations. The council meets monthly and provides feedback to the sponsors twice a year to keep our Executive Team informed on human rights activities.
In 2021, the council focused its efforts on developing our Human Rights Management Standard to operationalize the Human Rights Policy and define clear roles and responsibilities for different layers of the organization. We updated the council’s charter to reflect its ownership of the policy and new standard as well as the responsibility to oversee the standard’s implementation.
To have a structured approach to deploy the standard, the council developed a three-year implementation plan. The plan ensures that the right level of due diligence is applied across all company functions and external interactions.
Over the last three years, we conducted human rights impact assessments (HRIAs) at 17 of the 19 locations we operate worldwide.