1.5 Involvement in Local Community

Indicator 1.5 - Involvement in Local Community

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Here you can find information about the volunteer work of Alcoa Fjarðaál employees through Alcoa Volunteer programs.

 

 

Results

Time spent by Alcoa Fjarðaál employees on volunteer programs supported by the company.

 

Alcoa Employees are encouraged to participate in various volunteer programs in their community. Alcoa has established three international projects whose purpose is to support independent organizations and service institutions. Alcoa employees around the world take part in these projects.  One of these projects, Bravo was cancelled in 2016.

Action is an abbreviation of the phrase "Alcoans Coming Together in Our Neighborhoods." The idea is based on one employee who works with an organization that needs extra hands to perform a specific task. The employee, in cooperation with volunteer committee, schedules work on the task and encourages colleagues to participate. Other members of the organization are also encouraged to attend, along with their families.

Work is continuous for four hours. If ten or more employees participate, Alcoa Foundation will pay $ 3,000 directly to the organization to cover raw material costs such as paint etc. Employees have in recent years undertaken ten projects a year but since Alcoa was split into Alcoa and Arconic in 2016, unlimited number of projects was allowed.  Employees undertook 21 projects in 2016 where 126 employees and total 281 persons (family and members of organizations) took part.  Alcoa foundation contributed about 6.5 million ISK to these projects.

Alcoans in motion is part of Action and involves the effort of employees to get together and join in outdoor activities like hike up a mountain, swim or cycle a certain distance and which charity receives the $ 3,000 that Alcoa Foundation contributes with each project. In 2016 the number of projects was unlimited of which the EHS team took took full advantage.  Ten projects were undertaken leaving in total about three million ISK to charities in Central East Iceland.

Bravo: While Action aims at teamwork, Bravo focuses on individual contributions. Alcoa employees who volunteer more than 50 hours to their organizations per year may apply for Bravo grant to Alcoa Foundation.  Since Alcoa Fjarðaál started operation, Alcoa Foundation has paid out 1,126 Bravo-grants to organizations in East Iceland and the amount is approaching 40 million ISK.  In 2016, it was decided to direct grants to group projects rather than individual efforts and therefore Bravo was cancelled and will not be reported in tables 1 and 2 from 2016.

 

 

Table 1.  Number of Alcoa Fjarðaál employees who participated in Bravo , Action and Alcoans in motion  projects in 2007 - 2016.

  Action Bravo Alcoans in motion Total
 2007  50  59    109
 2008  77  90    167
 2009  59  150    209
 2010  124  179    303
 2011  141  222    363
 2012  109  170    279
 2013  129  73    202
 2014  174  183   41  398
 2015  183  163   35  381
 2016  126  N/A a   80  206


a:  In 2016 it was decided to direct grants to group projects rather than individual efforts consequently the Bravo project was cancelled.

 

Table 2. Percent of Alcoa Fjarðaál employees who participated in Action, Bravo and Alcoans in motion projects 2007 - 2016.

  Action Bravo Alcoans in motion Total
 2007  11%  13%    24%
 2008  16%  19%    35%
 2009  12%  31%    43%
 2010  26%  37%    63%
 2011  29%  46%    75%
 2012  23%  35%    58%
 2013  27%  15%    42%
 2014  36%  38%  9%  83%
 2015  38%  34%  7%  79%
 2016  26%  N/A a  17%  43%


a:  In 2016 it was decided to direct grants to group projects rather than individual efforts consequently the Bravo project was cancelled.


Number of volunteer hours, Alcoa Fjarðaál employees contributed to the community through Bravo and Action projects is shown in Table 3.  In 2011 and 2012, each employee could apply for Bravo-grant for up to 3 clubs which explains higher number of volunteer hours those years.

 

Table 3. Number of volunteer hours donated by Alcoa Fjarðaál employees through Alcoa volunteer programs in 2007 - 2016.

  Action Bravo Alcoans in motion Total
2007
 200  5,529    5,729
2008  308  8,110    8,418
2009
 236  12,639    12,875
2010
 496  14,906    15,402
2011
 564  27,601    28,165
2012
 436  22,923    23,359
2013
 516  12,871    13,387
2014
 696  16,587  164  17,447
2015
 732  16,237  140  17,109
2016
 504  N/A a  320  824

 

 

a:  In 2016 it was decided to direct grants to group projects rather than individual efforts consequently the Bravo project was cancelled.

 

 

 

Alcoa Fjarðaál did not start volunteer programs until 2007, since it was not considered wise to add to employee workload during construction phase.  

Updated: July 18 2017
Source:  Alcoa Fjarðaál (2009 - 2017)

 Metrics, Targets and Monitoring Protocol


What is measured?

Time spent by Alcoa Fjarðaál employees on volunteer programs supported by the company.  (Project effect: direct). 

Monitoring protocol

Number of volunteer projects is monitored and information collected at the end of each year.

Targets

60 percent of employees participate in Alcoa volunteer programs.

Possible countermeasures

Not applicable, only monitoring.

Changes of indicator

It was decided in the fourth phase of the initiative to change the numbers of the sustainability indicators.  This indicator was originally number 9.1 and is referenced as 2.1 in early documents of the project.

Rationale for Indicator Selection


The Kárahnjúkar and Fjarðaál projects will result in a significant increase in local populations both from employees and from businesses supporting the projects. It will be important to help new inhabitants integrate into existing communities.

Alcoa can assist this process by encouraging active employee participation in local community activities.