Alcoa Named to World and North American Dow Jones Sustainability Indexes

September 9, 2010

Alcoa Named a Component of the DJSI for Nine Years in a Row

NEW YORK–For the ninth consecutive year, Alcoa (NYSE:AA) has been selected as a
component of the Dow
Jones Sustainability Indexes
(DJSI), one of the most highly
recognized and long-standing global sustainability indexes. Alcoa was
named to both the World and the North American Indexes.

The Dow Jones Sustainability World Index (DJSI World) comprises the
leading companies in terms of sustainability around the world. It
captures the top 10% based on long-term economic, environmental and
social criteria out of the biggest 2500 companies worldwide. The Dow
Jones Sustainability North America Index (DJSI North America) captures
the leading 20% in terms of sustainability out of the largest 600 North
American companies.

The DJSI follow a best-in-class approach and include sustainability
leaders from industries worldwide, serving as an important guide for
investors to assess a company’s sustainability portfolio. Selection to
the DJSI is based on an in-depth analysis of a company’s economic,
environmental and social aspects with a focus on long-term development
of corporate value.

“We never wavered from our commitment to environmental excellence and
social responsibility, even though the economic climate has been
challenging,” said Alcoa Chairman and CEO Klaus Kleinfeld. “Our
continued inclusion in one of the world’s foremost sustainability
indexes is welcome recognition for our efforts.”

Continuing its proactive approach to sustainability, in August Alcoa
named Kevin Anton as its Chief Sustainability Officer with
responsibility for developing a comprehensive strategy integrating all
of the Company’s sustainability efforts.

The company also reported a number of advances in its 2009
Sustainability Report, including:

  • 74 percent of Alcoa locations worldwide reported zero
    lost work day
    incidents and 41 percent reported zero recordable
  • Continued reductions in absolute greenhouse gas emissions in 2009,
    achieving a 44% reduction from 1990 levels. This compares to a
    reduction of 36% through the end of 2008, although a considerable
    portion of the 2009 improvement was due to temporary production
    curtailments in response to the economic downturn. Process
    improvements in the Global Primary Products group reduced direct GHG
    emissions by more than 1 million tons over 2008.
  • Performed life
    cycle assessments
    of aluminum-containing products, including
    computer laptops, automotive space frames, truck/trailers, city buses,
    and aluminum bottles and conducted third-party, peer-reviewed life
    cycle assessments of aluminum beverage containers and automotive parts
    in association with the European Aluminium Association, U.S. Aluminum
    Association, and International Aluminium Institute.
  • About 90 percent of our worldwide operating locations now have community
    programs, and Alcoa and Alcoa
    invested more than $34 million in the communities in
    which we operate worldwide.

To learn more about Alcoa’s approach to sustainability, read Alcoa’s
2009 Corporate Sustainability Report
and reports from Alcoa regions

About Alcoa

Alcoa is the world’s leading producer of primary aluminum, fabricated
aluminum and alumina. In addition to inventing the modern-day aluminum
industry, Alcoa innovation has been behind major milestones in the
aerospace, automotive, packaging, building and construction, commercial
transportation, consumer electronics and industrial markets over the
past 120 years. Among the solutions Alcoa markets are flat-rolled
products, hard alloy extrusions, and forgings, as well as Alcoa® wheels,
fastening systems, precision and investment castings, and building
systems in addition to its expertise in other light metals such as
titanium and nickel-based super alloys. Sustainability is an integral
part of Alcoa’s operating practices and the product design and
engineering it provides to customers. Alcoa has been a member of the Dow
Jones Sustainability Index for eight consecutive years and approximately
75 percent of all of the aluminum ever produced since 1888 is still in
active use today. Alcoa employs approximately 59,000 people in 31
countries across the world. More information can be found at