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Leading the way in employee volunteering

New stats show time contributed to the community through Alcoa employee volunteering was equivalent to a total of eight years in 2007.
Working on 639 local projects across Australia, a total of 1,215 Alcoa employees nationwide volunteered 71,147 hours of their time over the course of 2007.
 
Alcoa Managing Director Alan Cransberg said that in addition to investing $6 million annually in community-based programs and partnerships across the country, the company saw supporting employee volunteering as an essential element of our community contribution.
 
Alcoa’s annual tree planting weekend in Western Australia has become somewhat of a ritual for our employees.  In early July around 60 Alcoa employees and their families in Western Australia will volunteer their time and participate in the 19th tree planting weekend which will aim to plant trees in a planned, strategic manner. 
 
Our employees will be helping the Wooroloo Brook Land Conservation District Committee to plant seedlings in the Australian Wildlife Conservatory’s Paruna Sanctuary.  This year we are striving to achieve an increased habitat for endangered endemic species.
 
Earlier this year, nine employees from our Point Henry Smelter joined a host of other local industries to address the skills shortage in the Geelong region.  They participated in the second annual Girls Big Day Out at the Gordon Institute of TAFE Boundary Road Campus which promotes careers in trades to women.

With the serious trade skill shortages in the Geelong region there was an urgent need to market careers in the trades sector. The day-long event was designed to introduce Year 9 female students, from local schools, to the world of industry with a hands-on experience focusing on non-traditional roles. Students were presented with alternative career choices and provided with a ‘real world’ experience in trades.
 
The 90 students who attended had a fun and educational day which was enhanced by our  Alcoa volunteers’ knowledge and participation.
 
“Our people are our most valuable asset and the contribution they make in their local communities is critical,” Mr Cransberg said.

“We have an achievable global goal to see 40% of our people actively volunteering by 2020.”
 
Alcoa’s volunteering program is formally supported through the Alcoa Foundation which matches employee volunteer time with grants to community organisations.  Last year $325,000 was donated.
 
Through an annual Global Month of Service, employees around the world are encouraged to volunteer, and in 2007 more than 15,800 employees took part in 780 separate community events in 36 countries.
 
Alcoa Foundation is a non-profit global corporate foundation with assets of approximately US$542 million. Its mission is to actively invest in the quality of life in Alcoa communities worldwide. Throughout it history, Alcoa Foundation has been a source of positive community change and enhancement, with over US$465 million invested since 1952.


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Girls Big Day Out