Sustainable Development at Alcoa

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Case Length : 23 Pages
Period : 2003 - 2004
Pub. Date : 2004
Teaching Note : Not Available
Organization : Alcoa Inc.
Industry : Aluminum
Countries : USA


The case provides a detailed account of sustainable development (SD) initiatives taken up by Alcoa Inc (Alcoa), the world's largest aluminum company. It begins with an explanation of the concept of SD and its evolution and gradual acceptance by the global corporate sector. It also discusses the need and importance of integrating SD into business processes. After taking a brief look at Alcoa's history and its business operations, the case describes the company's SD initiatives from the 1950s till late 2003. It also elaborates upon the major benefits and awards the company received due to these initiatives. The case ends with a comment on Alcoa's future plans regarding SD with respect to its '2020 Strategic Framework.'


Understand the concept of SD and the need and importance of incorporating it into a company's business processes

Understand the nature of Alcoa's operations and the reasons for implementing SD in its business operations


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Alcoa Wins Accolades 1
A Note on Sustainable Development 2
Alcoa - Background Note 4
Sustainable Development - The Alcoa Way 5
The Alcoa Business System 6
Recent Initiatives 8
Sustainably Developing the Future 11
Exhibits 13


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