Alcoa releases new sustainability report

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Alcoa has presented its latest sustainability report with a view to corporate actions in relation to the environment, society and governance.

Alcoa Corporation has released its 2020 sustainability report, which provides a comprehensive overview of the Company’s progress against key environmental, social and governance (ESG) objectives.

Report reflects Alcoa’s sustainability leadership

“Our latest sustainability report highlights the important work we accomplished in 2020 in the midst of one of the most challenging years for our Company and the world,” said Roy Harvey, Alcoa President and CEO. “Our firmly rooted commitment to our values and our strategic priority to advance sustainably helped our employees, their families, and our host communities navigate the pandemic while delivering results that reflect our sustainability leadership.”

Available on Alcoa’s website

The report is available on a dedicated portion of Alcoa’s website and has been prepared in accordance with Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) Standards. The report’s methodology also aligns with Sustainability Accounting Standards Board (SASB) Standards, the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, and the International Council for Mining and Metals’ 10 Principles.

Among highlights from the report:

  • Alcoa acted quickly and comprehensively to protect its employees and communities from the impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic while ensuring the continuity of its operations, which were deemed essential. Through the Alcoa Foundation and Instituto Alcoa, more than $2.1 m in grants were made to support Alcoa communities.
  • A strong Climate Change Policy includes new, long-term goals to align emission reduction targets with the “well below 2º C” decarbonization path defined in the Paris Climate Accord. Alcoa also published new policies on water stewardship and biodiversity.
  • A formal social performance management system to manage and address social risk, which will be deployed throughout 2021 and 2022, places particular emphasis on improving engagement with indigenous and land-connected people. As one example, in February of 2020, Alcoa launched a Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) in Australia, which guides proactive engagement with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
  • The Company reinforced its commitment to inclusion and diversity, forming the Alcoa Global Inclusion & Diversity Council to lead efforts to create trusting workplaces that are safe, respectful, and inclusive of all individuals and that reflect the diversity of Alcoa’s communities.
  • Through the Alcoa Foundation and engagement with organizations such as the International Aluminium Institute, Alcoa continued to support initiatives to preserve biodiversity, prevent climate change, and advance new ways to re-use operational by products such as bauxite residue.
  • Alcoa continued to build on its leading Sustana portfolio of sustainable aluminium products with the introduction of EcoSource, the industry’s first low-carbon, smelter-grade alumina brand. The Company also continued to grow sales of low-carbon aluminium Eco Lum, a member of the Sustana product family.
  • By the end of 2020, the Aluminium Stewardship Initiative had certified 13 Alcoa operating locations to its Performance Standard and Alcoa also earned the ASI Chain of Custody Standard, enabling Alcoa to market and sell ASI-certified bauxite, alumina, and aluminium to global customers.

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