Alumina Limited

Local communities

AWAC is a global enterprise that conducts operations at a community level. The communities in which AWAC operates are diverse in nature, each with their unique issues, values and customs. It is important that interactions are conducted in a way that respects local communities and human rights, are open and transparent and also fosters positive long term relationships for mutual benefit.  

To this end Alcoa has detailed policies and codes of conduct to guide employees. It is also signatory to the UN Global Compact with respect to human rights and the other principles relating to labour, environment, and anti-corruption.

Anti-Corruption Program

AWAC's Anti-Corruption Policy reflects Alcoa's strong commitment to conducting its operations around the globe ethically and in compliance with all applicable laws. Our directors and management believe that the way results are achieved is as important as the results themselves. Vigilance in complying with anti-corruption and anti-bribery including those based upon the OECD Convention, the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, and other local anti-corruption laws, is critical for a global company.

The Anti-Corruption Program includes:

  • Anti-Corruption Policy
  • Due Diligence Review Process for Intermediaries
  • Gifts and Hospitality Procedure
  • In person and web-based trainings
  • investigations and 24/7 Reporting Line
  • Monitoring, audit and assessment.

Alumina Limited supports Alcoa’s position and has developed similar policies and practices to protect both employees and stakeholder groups.

Annually, Alumina Limited employees are trained on the Human Rights and Anti-corruption Policies.

Community Engagement

Community engagement requires a community approach. AWAC operations, follow a framework developed by Alcoa to guide stakeholder engagement. The framework provides a systematic process to first identify appropriate stakeholders and then engage with them in the most effective manner. Many of the AWAC locations have community advisory boards that include representatives from stakeholder groups. Engagement is also made with stakeholders, primarily local communities and non-governmental organisations through Alcoa Foundation. The method of engagement varies by location. Some do so through their community advisory board, while others consult with employees or local leaders and institutions.

In 2017 there were several key stakeholder issues involving AWAC operations that were raised by or discussed with stakeholders, a summary of which follows. for more detailed information use this link.

LOCATIONISSUERESPONSE
Alcoa of Australia Perth Inaccurate reports that Alcoa Australia did not pay tax 2015-2016

Alcoa of Australia operations paid corporate income taxes at an effective tax rate of 29.5%

Anglesea, (closed operation) Victoria, Australia Required to submit a revised closure plan for the Anglesea coal mine.

Community feedback and technical studies were key inputs into the draft Anglesea Mine Rehabilitation and Closure Plan. Also, a final concept master plan was provided in March 2018 to the Department of Environment 

Kwinana, Australia

Ongoing litigation and questions relative to the legitimacy of an air-quality buffer and land uses in the area.

Maintain that there needs to be adequate separation between industry and residential development and agree that the 1.5 kilometre buffer adopted by the Western Australian Planning Commission should be upheld.

 Point Henry (closed operation), Australia  

Engagement related to the decommissioning and environmental assessment of the site.

Point Henry 575 Concept Master Plan released in September 2017 following extensive community consultation

 Portland, Australia

December 2016 significant power outage and expiration of 32-year electricity supply agreement.

January 2017 announced a 4 year agreement for the supply of electricity and recovery from power outage. Engaged with all stakeholders.

Western Australia mining operations

Sought approval to ship bauxite from the Port of Bunbury. Approval received.

Engaged with Port operators, governments and other stakeholders.

Western Australia mining operations

Assessment of viability of mining around Dweeingup

Engaged with local landholders, tenants and government representatives and interested neighbours.

 Juruti, Brazil

Information on the Postive Agenda requested by Juruti City Council

Clarified items an invited Council members to visit mining operations.

Sao Luis

Local residents expressed concern that they were impacted by dust from the Alumar refinery.

Met with the community and intensified dust control measures.

Point Comfort (fully curtailed), USA

Concern expressed about dust coming from bauxite storage areas.

Met with the local Citizens Panel and Texas Commission on Environmental Quality. Experts engaged and new measures taken.

Indigenous peoples - Local partnerships

Currently AWAC operates in areas home to indigenous peoples including:  

  • Australia 
  • Suriname and 
  • Juruti, Brazil. 

 

Many of AWAC’s Australian operations engage with local communities to develop an environmental improvement plan, which is a public commitment to continuously improve environmental performance, reduce environmental impacts, and develop more sustainable practices.

In 2017, The Nature Conservancy, with support from Alcoa Foundation, is working in Australia and Brazil to strengthen the role of indigenous and local communities in managing lands to help mitigate global climate change. The projects have the potential to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by approximately 13.5 million tonnes.

During 2017 there were no reported human rights non-compliances through AWAC or Alumina Limited. 

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