Alcoa Among Thought Leaders Featured in a “Lessons Learned” Publication on Environmental Leadership

February 14, 2011

NEW YORK--Alcoa’s was among a select group of thought leaders featured in the inaugural edition of Insider Knowledge Report, a compilation of lessons learned from corporate environmental, sustainability and energy decision-makers. The report was published by Environmental Leader, the on-line source for energy and environmental business news.

Alcoa’s approach to sustainability was featured in the Strategy/Leadership section. Alcoa’s Chief Sustainability Officer Kevin Anton describes the importance of Alcoa’s long-term environmental goals set for CO2, energy, fresh water use, and waste elimination as well as a number of industry-specific issues. Each Alcoa business has designed a three-year plan to chart progress toward reaching their goals. Progress is evaluated quarterly by the company’s executive leadership team. In addition, incremental reductions of CO2 and energy intensity are included in the company’s annual compensation program.

“It is important to share knowledge about environmental sustainability, an issue of critical importance worldwide. It is also wise to learn from others’ experiences, so everyone benefits. Inclusion in the first Insider Knowledge Report is a great forum for sharing these learnings,” said Alcoa Chief Sustainability Officer Kevin Anton.

Sustainability leaders from more than 600 companies submitted articles to the publication detailing lessons they’ve learned over the past 12 months. Only 150 contributors were selected for the Insider Knowledge Report.

“It was a difficult task to cull the numbers, but we’ve included the 150 most enlightening responses. We think these thought leaders provide real lessons, advice and examples from which other companies and executives can learn,” said Paul Nastu, Publisher Environmental Leader, in a preface to the report.

Besides Alcoa, other companies included in the report include Ford Motor, Nike, Starbucks, and Xerox.

A free copy of the report can be downloaded at

Alcoa approaches its commitment to corporate sustainability through three lenses – products, resources and operations. The company is committed to growing its businesses in a sustainable way by focusing on product development and innovation that capitalizes on the inherent and coveted qualities of aluminum including its infinite recyclability. Alcoa has been a member of the Dow Jones Sustainability Index for nine consecutive years and approximately 75 percent of all of the aluminum ever produced since 1888 is still in active use today.

About Alcoa

Alcoa (NYSE:AA) is the world’s leading producer of primary and fabricated aluminum, as well as the world’s largest miner of bauxite and refiner of 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 employs approximately 59,000 people in 31 countries across the world. More information can be found at

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