Business report

Alcoa’s Brazilian plant receives certification for sustainability standards

© Shutterstock

The Aluminum Stewardship Initiative (ASI) recently certified the activities of Alcoa Corp. in Poços de Caldas in Brazil.

The ASI certification program applies to downstream manufacturers and upstream producers. Multiple stakeholders have created its rigorous standards that cover material environmental, social and governance (ESG) issues affecting the entire aluminum value chain.

“This certification marks an important milestone in our efforts to ensure that all of our Brazilian operations adhere to the highest sustainability standards,” said Otavio Carvalheira, President of Alcoa in Brazil and Vice President of Operations. “It demonstrates our commitment to our stakeholders that we always strive to operate safely, with environmental protection and respect for people, and to manufacture products that will create a more sustainable future.”

The Poços de Caldas site was founded in 1965 and is Alcoa’s sole aluminum powder producer and the company’s first venture in Brazil. The facility includes a bauxite mine, an alumina refinery and an aluminum smelter,

The entire installation passed the required assessments and achieved ASI’s Performance Standard certification. Thanks to this certification, all Alcoa sites in Brazil are ASI certified.

Worldwide, 17 Alcoa sites have achieved the ASI Performance Standard certification. In addition, its global headquarters is certified.

The company, with global headquarters in Pittsburgh, can sell ASI-certified bauxite, alumina and aluminum.