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message from alan cransberg, managing director, alcoa of australia

Alcoa’s annual worldwide Month of Service is nearly here! Every October we celebrate volunteering and encourage our people to get out into the community and help make a difference in people’s lives. We have a bunch of people who volunteer all year round and I'm proud of those who take the time and effort to make a difference. The Month of Service activities give volunteering more focus and expose others to the opportunities to add value to the community. Last year in October, some 23,000 Alcoans around the world got involved, and this year I’m looking forward to seeing our people work with local RSLs and charities, promote breast cancer awareness, plant native trees to help restore coastlines, and support kids safety in schools (to name just a few activities!)

We are also surveying our stakeholders this month – internal and external. I’m always keen to better understand how others experience Alcoa – what are we doing well, what could we do better – importantly, what is the perception of us?  Many of you may be participating in our online survey and these results help inform our community engagement and are very important to us, so thank you for your candid feedback. And our annual Global Voices survey is being completed by our own people, again, the results being critical to inform our engagement strategies.

Our global refining research and development team, the Technology Delivery Group, based here in Australia, had yet another award win this month - this time at the 2010 WA Engineering Excellence Awards. The team won the ‘Environment’ category for technology that’s reducing our carbon dioxide emissions and energy use. They are a pretty clever bunch! Read more.

Business meanwhile powers along and we’ll continue our debates around critical issues like domestic gas security in WA, and the new Government’s approach to tackling climate change. Interesting days.

part of our everyday lives

aluminium in the arctic
Aussie adventurers drag home-made aluminium kayaks across the Canadian Arctic.
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our business

environmental wins
Innovative new technology has secured a win at the 2010 WA Engineering Excellence Awards, and for the ninth year running Alcoa is named on the Dow Jones Sustainability Indexes.
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part of the solution

cradle to cradle tick

Alcoa has received Cradle to Cradle Certification, Silver – an environmental certification process that assesses the impact of a company’s product on human health and the environment.
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partnering stronger communities

going green
Our people get their hands dirty for National Tree Day in Portland, and primary school kids in Kwinana learn how to live sustainably.
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our people

month of service approaching
With our annual volunteering month just around the corner, read a couple of stories about our amazing volunteers.
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