Case Studies

These case studies illustrate how Alcoa is acting upon its commitment to sustainable development throughout the world. We are pleased with this progress, but look forward to achieving even more.

Featured Case Studies

Brazil

Workforce Development Projects Bring Employment Opportunities to Juruti
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United States

Davenport Works Reduces Landfilled Waste by 66%
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Australia

Rooting Sustainability into the Mine Planning Process
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Davenport Works Reduces Landfilled Waste by 66%

An onsite materials reclamation facility and the reuse of non-recyclable industrial waste as an alternative fuel has helped Alcoa’s Davenport Works in Iowa, USA, reduce the amount of waste it sends to the landfill annually by 66% since 2005.

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Workforce Development Projects Bring Employment Opportunities to Juruti

Facing significant challenges in obtaining a skilled, diverse workforce for its Juruti Mine in the heart of the Amazon, Alcoa partnered with governmental and educational institutions to train and educate local citizens. Today, approximately 80% of the mine’s employees are from the Brazilian state in which the mine is located.

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Recycled Casting Materials Go to Bottom Line Rather than Landfill

Recycling spent ceramic slurry and shells from the manufacture of multiple alloy castings is eliminating thousands of metric tons of material from landfills and creating a new revenue stream for Alcoa.

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Aluminum Recycling Facility Cuts Energy Use in Half

A new US$21 million recycling facility at Alcoa’s Barberton, Ohio, USA, location is cutting in half the energy required to recycle aluminum for forged wheels through process improvements and reduced transportation needs.

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Focused Training Advances Supervisory Excellence

Frontline supervisors oversee two-thirds of Alcoa’s workforce around the world, and a focused leadership training program called Advancing Supervisory Excellence (ASE) is boosting employee engagement and supervisor effectiveness while avoiding more than US$2 million in costs.

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Mobilizing Citizens to Create Sustainable Societies in Brazil

From teaching children how to create an organic garden to training approximately 300 volunteer environmental agents, Instituto Alcoa's Community Environmental Education Program (ECOA) is mobilizing the citizens of 15 Brazilian communities to take responsibility for creating a sustainable society.

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Supervisor Safety Training Reduces Frequency, Severity of Injuries

Back-to-basics safety training for supervisors in Alcoa’s U.S. smelters and refineries resulted in an 83% reduction in lost workdays, 50% decrease in restricted work incidents, and a significant decline in the severity of injuries that did occur.

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Rooting Sustainability into the Mine Planning Process

Rehabilitating bauxite mines is a key sustainability objective for Alcoa, but the company’s newest mining area in Australia shows that planning and designing a mine’s infrastructure years before the first bauxite is unearthed can be equally important in achieving the company’s sustainability goals.

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Building Opportunities for Women in a Hard Hat Company

A global initiative within Alcoa to build opportunities for women resulted in an approximately 3.2% increase in female representation in executive, professional, and plant manager roles between 2008 and 2012—a period when overall company employment declined 30% due to restructuring and a response to the global recession.

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