Aluminium Bahrain B.S.C. said earlier this week that it is the recipient of an award lauding it for its corporate social responsibility endeavors.
Alba was awarded the Bronze Medal for its corporate social responsibility practices by international rating platform EcoVadis. The platform took into account several metrics, including the Global Reporting Initiative, the United Nations Global Compact, and the ISO 26000, which covers 190 spend categories and 150 countries. EcoVadis certification grades a firm based upon four categories: environment, labor practices, fair business, and sustainable procurement.
Alba’s Acting Chief Executive Officer Ali Al Baqali said that the award comes as the result of an overall commitment to corporate social responsibility:
“This certification is a reflection of our commitment to CSR and Sustainability initiatives. This is just the first step as we aim to undergo more upgrades into our Safety, Environment and Social Governance which will eventually position us as a green aluminium producer. This honour comes at the right time as we fully ramp-up Line 6 and seek to expand our product portfolio to newer markets especially in Europe and North America.”
Alba is one of the largest industrial companies in the Middle East and is one of the top 10 largest aluminium producers in the world. Originally incorporated in 1968, the company is based in Bahrain and 84% of its total workforce are Bahraini nationals. It began operations in 1971 with a 120,000 metric ton annual capacity. Modernization bumped the output up to 450,000 metric tons in 1992. In the spring of 2005, Alba opened Line 5, raising output by 860,000 metric tons per year. In 2018 Alba’s smelter produced 1,011,101 metric tons of primary aluminium.