October 1, 2011

Alcoa volunteers out in force this October

Alcoa employees will donate thousands of volunteer hours to community and not-for-profit organisations across the country throughout October.

Alcoa's sixth worldwide 'Month of Service' has kicked off – a time when the aluminium company encourages employee volunteerism and celebrates its hundreds of employees who volunteer regularly all year round.

Alcoa of Australia Managing Director, Alan Cransberg, said: “It's a lot of fun to give something back to the community and it makes a real difference to people and organisations that need support."

“There's lots planned this year - odd jobs at local schools, tree planting, conservation projects, busy bees with various charities, selling merchandise on behalf of charities in shopping centres and much more."

“Volunteering and community engagement are critical aspects of how we do business, so I'm encouraging all our people to make a contribution this October. I'm hoping we can beat last year's effort and make Month of Service 2011 our biggest and best yet!”

During Month of Service in 2010, Alcoa employees donated more than 7500 volunteer hours, helped over 600 community groups and planted over 4000 native seedlings. This volunteering level was equal to Australian best practice.

With the benchmark for corporate volunteering in Australia sitting at 35% employee participation, Alcoa had 35% to 40% engagement during the Month of Service last year. “We believe we have a responsibility to help build and strengthen our communities, and getting thousands of our people out and about, getting their hands dirty, does make a difference,” Mr Cransberg said.

Each year, Alcoa's Australian employees also generate thousands in community funding, thanks to the company's ACTION* and Bravo!** volunteering programs which match employee time with financial grants.

A total of more than US$429,000 was donated to community groups last year, thanks to employees who donated in excess of 107,000 volunteering hours throughout the year – this funding was in addition to Alcoa's regular community investment program that saw over $6 million contributed.

Alcoa employees from all locations are taking part in Month of Service. In WA employees from: the corporate head office at Booragoon Perth, Peel Regional Office in Pinjarra, Kwinana Refinery, Pinjarra Refinery, Wagerup Refinery, Huntly Mine, Willowdale Mine, Bunbury Port and Marrinup Nursery. In Victoria employees from: Point Henry Smelter & Rolling Operations, Alcoa Anglesea Power Station, and Portland Aluminium. And in NSW employees from: Yennora Recycling & Rolling Operations in Sydney‟s western suburbs.

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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. In recognition of the team's effort, Alcoa makes a contribution to the organisation and grants are up to $US3,000.

Bravo! recognises individual Alcoa employees who volunteer 50 hours of personal time, in one year, to a not-for-profit, community or non-governmental organisation.

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