Sustainability Approach

Our commitment to sustainability drives us to minimize our environmental impacts and maximize value across our global operations to contribute to a better society.

Advance sustainably is a strategic priority for our company. We believe we can accelerate value creation by answering society’s increasing demand for sustainable solutions, which will benefit both our company, our stakeholders and communities around the world.

Our sustainability strategy supports our strategic priorities through three pillars:

  • Sustain our operations, preserve our license to operate and grow our assets, creating sustainable value for the communities where we operate.
  • Enhance the value of our products through differentiation to improve our profitability.
  • Reduce risk, minimize negative environmental impacts, and improve our health and safety performance.

Creating Sustainable Value
We actively participate in the communities where we operate, and we want those communities to succeed. We view our presence as an opportunity to help develop and enable economic activity, environmental practices and social programs that are sustainable, remaining well after our role ends. At the same time, being a good neighbor enables our operations to grow and create additional value.

Enhancing Product Value
The global markets in which we compete are increasingly affected by significant challenges, including population growth, urbanization, climate change and resource scarcity. Inherently sustainable, aluminum helps our customers address these challenges and capture the opportunities they present.

Improving Our Footprint
Guiding our efforts are our ambitious 2025 and 2030 targets for greenhouse gas emissions, waste, water, mine rehabilitation, diversity and inclusion, safety and health, and social management. We also serve as stewards of the land, operating in a manner that focuses on minimizing our environmental impacts and maximizing ongoing sustainable use.

Learn more in the full 2021 Alcoa Sustainability Report.

Case Study

    Alcoa volunteers take action to support gifted and talented students

    Learn how Alcoa partnered with CEDET to create an inclusive learning session featuring an online forum in Brazil and Portuguese sign language for gifted and talented students.

    Alcoa advances sustainably with recycled aluminum, produced using renewable energy

    Learn about Alcoa’s 100% renewable electricity powered induction furnace in Mosjøen Norway that recycles aluminum scrap for a sustainable future.

    Given the Tools, They Found Their Paths

    An entrepreneurial program aimed at generating employment, income and independence for socially and economically disadvantaged women living near our Alumar facility in São Luís, Brazil, was a thing of beauty.