Driving Optimal Performance through Strategic Targets


In 2000, an internal worldwide team analyzed environmental and social trends since 1990 and looked 20 years into the future to develop Alcoa’s 2020 Strategic Framework for Sustainability. That framework has since evolved into a set of strategic targets for our businesses and locations to integrate all aspects of sustainability into their day-to-day operations.


We continuously review and update our targets to ensure that we are providing appropriate stretch goals for our businesses. We initiated such a review in 2014 to evaluate how our current strategic targets align with the company’s transformation strategy to invest in our portfolio of value-add businesses and create a globally competitive commodity business. The review determined that our existing targets do not capture the sustainability advantages our products and innovations deliver to our customers through lightweighting and reduced energy consumption in the use phase, potentially resulting in a net-positive sustainability outcome. As a result, we anticipate developing new targets in 2015 to better capture those benefits.


The following shows the progress we made on our existing targets through 2014.

Strategic Sustainability Targets
Progress Achieved
through Year-end 2014
From a 2005 baseline, a 30% reduction in total (direct and indirect) carbon dioxide equivalent intensity in Global Primary Products (refining and smelting) by 2020; 35% by 2030. 25.9%
From a 2005 baseline, a 10% reduction in the energy intensity of Global Primary Products by 2020; 15% by 2030. 4.2%
A 20% reduction in the energy intensity of all other businesses—Global Rolled Products and Engineered Products and Solutions—by 2020 from their baselines of 2005 and 2010, respectively; 30% by 2030. Global Rolled Products: 17.8%
Engineered Products &
Solutions: 13.2%
From a 2005 baseline, a 25% reduction in average freshwater-use intensity by 2020; 30% by 2030. 21%
From a 2005 baseline, a 75% reduction in landfilled waste by 2020; 100% by 2030. 23%
Rehabilitate 30% of total bauxite residue storage area by 2020; 40% by 2030. 16%
Recycle or reuse 15% of bauxite residue generated by 2020; 30% by 2030. 0%
Develop biodiversity plans for 34 key locations by 2015. One plan completed, two additional in draft form
Increase the used beverage can recycling rate in the United States to 75% by 2015 and the global rate to 90% by 2030. United States: 67%
Global: 71%
(2013 data)
Zero fatalities. One contractor fatality in 2014
A total recordable incident rate of 0.68 by 2020; 0.19 by 2030. 1.14
By 2014, achieve the following representation at Alcoa’s executive level:
  • Global women: 21.3%
  • U.S. minority: 16.1%
Global women: 21.8%
U.S. minority: 16.4%
By 2020, 100% of manufacturing locations will have implemented the Alcoa Community Framework. 100%
40% of employees within a business unit or region volunteer in the community through ACTION, Bravo!, Month of Service, or Alcoans in Motion. ACTION: 20%
Bravo!: 5%
Month of Service: 58%
Alcoans in Motion: 5%
Debt-to-total capitalization consistently between 30% and 35%. 37.4%
We revised the global mining footprint target that appeared in this chart in prior years to setting minimum environmental footprints for each mine to achieve by 2020. Additional information on this new goal can be found in the Land Management section. The decrease in the global used beverage can recycling rate from prior years is attributed to a change in the methodology used by the International Aluminum Association to calculate the rate.