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SDGs enable to focus on impact & seize business opportunities

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

In 2015, European Aluminium adopted a Sustainability Roadmap 2025: Common Goals, Shared Action, driving their sustainability activities at sector level. In 2018 CSR Europe collaborated with European Aluminium to connect this roadmap to the SDGs and engage their members on the topic through research and a workshop. It turned out that circular economy, future of skills & education, climate action and collaboration are key priority areas for the aluminium sector.

Coline Lavorel, Senior Manager Public Affairs & Sustainability at European Aluminium and Rosa Garcia Piñeiro, Vice-president, Sustainability & President, Alcoa Foundation gave their feedback after the workshop.


What was the Goal of the workshop?

Coline Lavorel, European Aluminium:The workshop on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) was part of a broader project for which we have worked in collaboration with CSR Europe. Our objective was to connect our Roadmap with the Sustainable Development Goals, to bring focus in our SDGs priorities, and get our members engaged in the SDGs. The workshop was an opportunity to get more familiar with the SDGs and the relevant sub-targets for our sector and identify where the aluminium’s biggest impact for change is.


Will you be able to implement the outcomes?

Coline Lavorel, European Aluminium. The analysis of the SDGs enabled us to identify 8 goals on which the aluminium industry should focus to optimise its impact for change and seize business opportunities. These SDGs are aligned with four priority areas: circular economy; future of skills, education and digitalisation; climate action & collaboration. They are the most material topics for European Aluminium and represent the areas in which the aluminium sector has significant economic, environmental and social impacts. It will drive our work in the next years, where to put our focus on.

The key conclusion of the overall assessment is that the Sustainability Roadmap 2025 is currently well connected to the SDGs and most of the priority SDGs are already taken into account within the Roadmap. This is the case in particular for SDGs 8, 9, 12. But to fully achieve the sustainability ambitions, several SDGs need to be addressed further: SDGs 4, 5, 7 and 17, as they are key enablers to achieve the other goals.


As a member of European Aluminium, what was the main goal for your participation?

Rosa Garcia Piñeiro, Alcoa:The workshop’s purpose was to have a collective reflection about the SDGs. As a company, we have already made our own assessment of the SDGs. However, we think it is important for our sector as a whole to connect with the SDGs and identify key priorities. We already did so when we developed the Sustainability Roadmap 2025 for the European Aluminium Industry.


What are your main takeaways from the workshop?

Rosa Garcia Piñeiro, Alcoa: How to best communicate on sustainability, show our progress with a narrative that speaks to civil society and other stakeholders. In addition, it gave us reassurance that we are focusing on the right topics. In this respect, we are determined to work further on the social pillar of our sustainability roadmap, addressing future of work and skills, gender diversity and inclusiveness, just to name a few. 


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