Alcoa is the world's most admired metal company in the world according to Fortune, a list that includes fellow Business Initiative Directions (BID) winners ArcelorMittal and Tata

BID Awarded Alcoa: U.S. Company is #1 Aluminum Producer Leading in Sustainability and Equality

President Barack Obama's visit to the Davenport Alcoa plant highlights the company's commitment to innovation

Romain Rerolle, Director (far right), and Joel Henry, Head of Quality, of Alcoa, Inc., (France), ranked at 254 in the Fortune Global 500The Diamond Quality Summit Award was presented to Alcoa Howmet Gennevilliers, one of the aluminum giant's subsidiaries in France. Mr Romain Rerolle, Director of Alcoa Howmet Gennevilliers, received the award from Jose E. Prieto, President and CEO of BID at the 2009 Quality Convention in Paris
Alcoa has made Fortune's list of Most Admired Metal Companies in the World for the 29th consecutive year, snagging the coveted #1 spot for 2012. It is the largest aluminum producer in the world and received top rankings in the areas of innovation, social responsibility, people management, quality of products, and global competitiveness. Alcoa shares the honor of top 10 with fellow BID winners ArcelorMittal, the European integrated steel and mining company, and Tata Steel, a member of the multinational conglomerate Tata Group. It also ranks #115 among the Fortune 500 as one of the largest U.S. companies.

The Dow Jones Sustainability Indexes (DJSI) have chosen the steel giant for the World and North American Indexes for the 10th year in a row; it has also been named as the Industry Leader for the Aluminum Sector. The DJSIs are the longest-running global sustainability benchmarks worldwide and have become the key reference point in sustainability investing for investors and companies. Index members are assessed and selected based on their long term economic, social, and environmental asset management plans. "We've spent the last decade as a component of this world-renowned sustainability index and that is something we are extraordinarily proud of as a company", said Kevin Anton, Alcoa's Vice President and Chief Sustainability Officer.

Along with their sustainable business practices, Alcoa is well known for creating a welcoming and nurturing working environment for its employees across. It is the only mining and metals company highly ranked on the 2012 Corporate Equality Index and this is the third year in a row that it has received the top score from the Human Rights Campaign Foundation. According to the company's Vice President of Human Resources Jack Bergen, "This recognition reinforces Alcoa's commitment to creating a workplace that respects and provides equal opportunity to all of our employees. Only by valuing diverse talent and perspectives, can Alcoa continue to be the innovation leader of our industry." It has also been named one of the 50 Most Engaged Workplaces by Achievers based on the company's levels of leadership, communication, culture, rewards and recognition, professional and personal growth, accountability and performance, vision and values, and corporate social responsibility. Alcoa is among The Elite 8, having earned the highest score in the area of corporate social responsibility.

Alcoa's ability to compete globally was also highlighted by U.S. President Barack Obama in his visit to the Davenport, Iowa plant in 2011. He commended the company saying here, "reinvention is a way of life... that spirit is at the heart of our American story." Furthermore Obama's manufacturing advisor, Ron Bloom, said "You have a company that's committed to innovation, that's committed to a highly skilled workforce, that's committed to the future." President Obama announced Alcoa's incorporation into the Advanced Manufacturing Partnership, a national effort bringing together industry, universities, and the federal government to invest in emerging technologies to create high quality manufacturing jobs and enhance competitiveness. The company currently employs 61,000 people in 31 countries and had revenues of $25 billion USD in 2011, a 19% increase from 2010.

The BID award presented to Alcoa at the 2009 Diamond Quality Summit in Paris is representative of the company's internal and external success as a model of quality, excellence, innovation, and technology to other companies worldwide. Alcoa's focus on sustainability efforts and its investment in the company's most valuable asset, its human capital, are prime examples of why the company leads the industry and continues to experience financial and business success.