May 9, 2011

Volunteering record for Alcoa

As National Volunteer Week kicks off (9-15 May) and with Alcoa’s Green Works volunteer initiative getting underway, Alcoa of Australia has released fresh figures showing its employees volunteered a record 107,700 hours in the community last year – equivalent to 4487 days or 12.2 years. This is a significant increase from 94,407 hours in 2009.

More than 25%* of Alcoa’s Australian workforce generated a total of US $429,750 in community funding, up from US $308,000 the previous year, as employees got on board with the company’s signature volunteering programs ACTION and Bravo! This community funding comes in addition to the more than AUD $5 million the aluminium company invests annually in direct community partnerships and sponsorships throughout Australia.

From Pinjarra to Portland, Geelong to Wagerup, Kwinana to Anglesea and beyond, all aspects of the community benefited from the efforts of Alcoa’s employees who invested their time in environmental and conservation initiatives, emergency services and health care organisations and schools.

Alcoa’s Managing Director Alan Cransberg said he was enormously proud of the growing participation numbers.

“Volunteering and community engagement are critical aspects of how we do business, and integral to how we encourage our people to live Alcoa’s values outside of the workplace.

“These results are fantastic and the contribution our people make to their local communities is real and impactful. I hope to see even more Alcoans getting involved in some capacity moving forward so we can continue to increase the difference we make year upon year.

“We run these successful volunteering programs - ACTION and Bravo! - where we match volunteer time with grants to community organisations because we believe employee volunteering is a critical part in our corporate social responsibility. We also offer our people time off work for volunteering activities.”

“A great number of the activities our people are involved in are things which protect and preserve our environment – very fitting with our new Green Works initiative established by the Alcoa Foundation.”

Green Works runs from April through June and is seeing thousands of Alcoa employees around the globe, including here in Australia, volunteer to reduce their carbon footprint, recycle to save energy, and plant trees to replenish the environment.

Alcoa Foundation President Paula Davis said: “Sustainability is at the heart of everything we do at Alcoa. Green Works aims to get our employees and their families involved in greening their communities and encourages them to become environmental ambassadors.”

As a part of Green Works, Alcoa Foundation has created the Imagine Your World’ art contest for children of Alcoa’s 59,000 employees, who will create original artwork depicting their vision for tomorrow’s natural environment. Eight young winners will each receive a US $5,000 grant for their local school.

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*% participation – based on 6000 employees
Alcoa Foundation
Alcoa Foundation is one of the largest corporate foundations in the US. Founded more than 50 years ago, Alcoa Foundation has invested more than US $530 million since 1952. In 2010, Alcoa Foundation contributed nearly US $20 million to non-profit organisations throughout the world, focusing on promoting environmental stewardship, enabling economic and social sustainability, and preparing tomorrow’s leaders through education and learning.

Alcoa Foundation administers and manages the company’s ACTION and Bravo! volunteering programs.

For more information about Alcoa Foundation, please visit

ACTION and Bravo!
In 2010, 67 ACTION grants of up to US$3,000 were awarded due to the efforts of 704 employees. ACTION (Alcoans Coming Together in our Neighbourhoods) recognises the team effort of at least five Alcoa employees who spend a minimum of four hours on a community service project for a local not-for-profit, community or non-governmental organisation.

Bravo! recognises individual Alcoa employees who volunteer 50 hours of personal time to one organisation, in one year, with 1047 Bravo! participants generating that same number of $250 grants for their chosen community organisations last year.

Volunteering Australia’s National Volunteer Week
National Volunteer Week (NVW) is the largest celebration of volunteers and volunteerism in Australia, and provides an opportunity to highlight the role of volunteers in the community and to say thanks to the more than five million Australians who volunteer.

NVW runs from 9-15 May.

Photos from around Alcoa’s operational sites are available upon request.

Media contact: Sarah Tempest 0404 800 417