Alcoa (NYSE:AA) announced today that it is the only mining and metals company to achieve a top ranking in the 2013 Corporate Equality Index and Best Places to Work for LGBT Equality. This is the fourth year in a row Alcoa has received the top score of 100 from the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Foundation, which evaluates U.S. workplaces on lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) equality. The HRC Foundation is the educational arm of the largest U.S. civil rights organization.
A total of 889 businesses have been rated in the 2013 Corporate Equality Index, including the entire Fortune 500. This year, 252 companies received a 100 percent score, indicating fully inclusive equal employment opportunity policies, equal employment benefits, organizational LGBT competency, a commitment to equality publicly and responsible citizenship.
"Alcoa is proud once again to score 100 percent on the Human Rights Campaign's Corporate Equality Index, making us among the Best Places to Work for LGBT Equality," said Mike Barriere, Alcoa Vice President of Human Resources. "Our people form part of what we call the Alcoa Advantage. Valuing diverse talent and perspectives is the best way for Alcoa to continue to be the innovation leader in the metals and mining industry."
The Corporate Equality Index has become the foremost benchmark for businesses to gauge their level of LGBT workplace inclusion against competitors, rating companies on 40 policies and practices that affect LGBT workers.
Alcoa is the world’s leading producer of primary and fabricated aluminum, as well as the world’s largest miner of bauxite and refiner of alumina. In addition to inventing the modern-day aluminum industry, Alcoa innovation has been behind major milestones in the aerospace, automotive, packaging, building and construction, commercial transportation, consumer electronics and industrial markets over the past 120 years. Among the solutions Alcoa markets are flat-rolled products, hard alloy extrusions, and forgings, as well as Alcoa® wheels, fastening systems, precision and investment castings, and building systems in addition to its expertise in other light metals such as titanium and nickel-based super alloys. Sustainability is an integral part of Alcoa’s operating practices and the product design and engineering it provides to customers. Alcoa has been a member of the Dow Jones Sustainability Index for 11 consecutive years and approximately 75 percent of all of the aluminum ever produced since 1888 is still in active use today. Alcoa employs approximately 61,000 people in 31 countries across the world. More information can be found at www.alcoa.com.