1.5 Involvement in Local Community

Indicator 1.5 - Involvement in Local Community

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Here you can find information about 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. Bravo was cancelled in 2016 and Alcoans in Motion the year 2018.

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 ISK 300,000 directly to the organization to cover raw material costs such as paint etc. During the year 2018, employees initiated five projects to support eight organizations and raised ISK 2.1 million. 208 people participated in the projects, of 84 were Alcoa Fjarðaál employees.

Alcoans in Motion involves the effort of employees to get together and join in outdoor activities like hike up a mountain, swim or cycle a certain distance or whatever they would do to move together.  They decide which charity receives the $ 3,000 that Alcoa Foundation contributes with each project. In 2018, Alcoans in Motion was counted with Action Projects, and therefore specific numbers are not published.

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.

Table 1.  Number of Alcoa Fjarðaál employees who participated in Bravo , Action and Alcoans in Motion  projects in 2007 - 2018. Note that in 2018 there was only Action project.

  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
 2017  57  n/aa  12  69
 2018  84  n/aa  n/aa  84

a:  In 2016 it was decided to direct grants to group projects rather than individual efforts consequently the Bravo project was cancelled and in 2018 Alcoans in Motion project were merged with Action projects.

 

Table 2. Percent of Alcoa Fjarðaál employees who participated in Action, Bravo and Alcoans in Motion projects 2007 - 2018. Note that in 2018 there was only Action project.

  Action Bravo Alcoans in motion Total
 2007  11%  16%    30%
 2008  16%  19%    36%
 2009  12%  31%    43%
 2010  26%  37%    63%
 2011  29%  46%    75%
 2012  22%  34%    55%
 2013  27%  16%    43%
 2014  35%  37%  8%  81%
 2015  38%  34%  7%  75%
 2016  23%  n/a a  14%  37%
 2017  13%  n/aa  2%  13%
 2018  16%  n/aa  n/aa  16%

a:  In 2016 it was decided to direct grants to group projects rather than individual efforts consequently the Bravo project was cancelled and, in 2018, Alcoans in Motion project were merged with Action project.


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 - 2018. Note, in 2018 there was only Action project.

  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
2017  228  n/a a
 48  276
2018
 336  n/a a  n/a a  336

 a:  In 2016 it was decided to direct grants to group projects rather than individual efforts consequently the Bravo project was cancelled and, in 2018, Alcoans in Motion project were merged with Action project.

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

Updated:  May 16th, 2019
Source:  Alcoa Fjarðaál (2019)

 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.