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protecting our people
Alcoa values the health of its people above all else – a value which is demonstrated through a partnership with one of Australia’s leading medical research institutes.
 
The Garvan Institute of Medical Research in NSW is helping our employees at the Alcoa Australia Rolled Products plant in Yennora, Western Sydney, to learn about the latest breakthroughs in health research, as well as disease risk and management.
 
For the second year running, the Garvan Institute recently visited Yennora to deliver interactive presentations to employees educating them about health conditions such as bowel cancer, neurodegenerative disease and depression.  Last year, the discussion topics included prostate cancer, diabetes and osteoporosis.
 
The presentations are an initiative of the Alcoa Community Committee, a Yennora employee group, which advises management on community partnerships.  The committee recognised that the largely middle-aged workforce could benefit from learning about relevant health issues.
Committee member and Roll Shop Coordinator, Benjie Lualhati, said the presentations were worthwhile.
 
“Men often aren’t keen to talk about their health or ask questions, which is why we thought the Garvan presentations were a great idea.  Employees now have useful information and practical suggestions on prevention that they can take home and share with their families.”
 
Garvan Institute of Medical Research Executive Director, Professor John Shine, welcomed the involvement with Alcoa.
 
“Garvan is all about breakthrough medical research and delivering positive health outcomes to the community,” he said.
 
“The employee seminars have allowed us to build on this by extending our community outreach program off site and into the corporate sector.”
 
about the garvan institute of medical research
For over 40 years researchers at the Garvan Institute have been dedicated to the kind of medical research that aims to relieve human suffering and improve quality of life. Our work encompasses a range of diseases that can affect people from early childhood through to late in life.
 
For more information about Alcoa Australia Rolled Products at Yennora, click here.

small steps – big impact
Alcoa employees continue to make an impact when it comes to reducing their personal greenhouse footprint.  In the past two months, membership to our greenhouse reduction program, Make an Impact, has increased 31% - which means 15% of our people are now working together for positive environmental outcomes.
 
Make an Impact, which features an online greenhouse calculator, encourages employees and their families to calculate their household carbon footprint; and use the tips the calculator generates to make improvements around the home.  Employees then recalculate each month to track their progress. Make an Impact was developed in partnership with Greening Australia and has been recently launched in the US also.
 
On World Environment Day this year, Alcoa launched a Make an Impact competition which helped boost involvement in the program.  One person from each of our nine sites was rewarded with $2000 towards their home energy bills.  The competition, which ran over two months, encouraged employees to either sign up to Make an Impact for the first time or recalculate their carbon footprint.
 
Pat Davis, who has worked for Alcoa for 19 years, was our winner from the Pinjarra Refinery and believes being part of Make an Impact is a step in the right direction.
 
“You have to start somewhere,” she said.
 
Since joining the program last year, Pat has made strides in going green. Improvements around her home include converting to energy-saving light globes and purchasing a front loading washing machine. Her future plans for improvement include insulating the ceiling and installing solar panels to generate her own power.
 
Pat believes the added benefit to reducing her carbon footprint is that she’s also saving money on her energy bills.
 
Wagerup employee Merv Beacham has totally wiped out power bills through solar and wind power at his property south of Perth.  Merv was recently featured on Channel 9’s Garden Gurus program. To watch the segment click here.


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Garven seminar at Yennora



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Garven seminar at Yennora



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More than 800 Alcoans are part of Make an Impact. Scroll down for this story.



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Wagerup employee Merv Beacham is making an impact on his greenhouse emissions. Scroll down for this story.