October 3, 2012

Alcoa employees roll up their sleeves throughout October to make a difference

Alcoa’s seventh worldwide ‘Month of Service’ has kicked off with the company’s Australian employees expected to donate thousands of volunteer hours this month to help more than 100 community and non-profit organisations across Australia.
 
The Month of Service initiative is Alcoa’s signature employee volunteering event and is held each October to harness and celebrate the energy of thousands of employees who roll up their sleeves to help organisations in their local communities.
 
The company is also taking the lead in Western Australia by supporting Volunteering WA’s inaugural Give 1 Project*, a call-to-action campaign challenging Western Australian businesses to start or ramp up volunteering programs with the goal of donating one million employee hours this October.
 
Alcoa of Australia’s Managing Director Alan Cransberg believes volunteering is in Alcoa’s DNA. He also understands there is a mutual responsibility by both the business and the local community to remain healthy and thriving.
 
“Volunteering and community engagement are an essential part of how we do business; we encourage all our people to get involved each October,” he said.
 
“The majority of employees live and work in regional communities where volunteers are a critical resource for non-profit organisations and the community at large; we have a responsibility to help build and strengthen these communities and therefore ask our people to roll up their sleeves and get their hands dirty.
 
“It’s always a lot of fun and it makes a real difference to those groups needing support.
 
“This year we’ve got lots planned, from building sensory gardens for dementia patients to serving meals to people in need, doing roadside clean-ups, building playgrounds, gardening, paving, tree planting, graffiti clean-ups, packing food hampers, doing school busy bees and much more.”
 
The spirit of volunteering is embraced by the majority of Alcoa’s employees, from the Managing Director and his Australian lead team to site operators and administration employees. During Month of Service 2011, Alcoa employees donated more than 10,700 volunteer hours and the engagement level was at 46%, far greater than Australian best practice where the benchmark for corporate volunteering sits at 35%.
 
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. More than $300,000 was donated to community groups, thanks to employees who donated in excess of 90,000 volunteering hours throughout the year – this funding was in addition to Alcoa’s regular $4 million community investment program.
 
In 2012 Alcoa was a ‘Corporate Volunteer of the Year’ finalist in the annual Volunteering WA awards.
 
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FURTHER INFORMATION
 
Photograph opportunities
In Western Australian and Victoria, Alcoa employees from the following locations are taking part in Month of Service 2012. 
 
• WA locations: corporate head office at Booragoon in Perth, Peel Regional Office in Pinjarra, Kwinana Refinery, Pinjarra Refinery, Wagerup Refinery, Huntly Mine, Willowdale Mine, Bunbury Port and Marrinup Nursery
 
• Victoria locations: Point Henry Smelter and Rolling Operations, Anglesea Power Station and Portland Aluminium

A variety of events are planned for employees to undertake throughout October. If you would like to attend an event and obtain photographs please call to discuss which event may suit your schedule and/or be of most interest. Photographs post-event can also be supplied.

Summary of 2012 Month of Service worldwide
• It is estimated 58% of Alcoa employees across the globe will volunteer
• More than 650 community service projects are planned
• 85,000 hours of service are committed
• Employees will partner with more than 350 non-profit organisation and community groups
• More than 30,000 participants will make a difference in their communities

* Give 1 Project
The Corporate Volunteer Council of Western Australia, of which Alcoa is a founding member, devised and launched the Give 1 Project in August 2012. Give 1 encourages employers to think about giving one day, one person, one hour or 1% staffing hours towards a strategy that would include volunteering in the future. The campaign will promote volunteering efforts within many companies, culminating in an event at Government House on 11 October 2012 with the Governor of Western Australia. Volunteering WA, the convenor of the Corporate Volunteer Council, can assist any business that wants to direct or better understand their options for corporate volunteering initiatives.
 
Alcoa volunteering programs
** 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 non-profit, community or non-governmental organisation. In recognition of the team's effort, Alcoa makes a contribution to the organisation with grants up to $US3,000.
 
*** Bravo! recognises individual Alcoa employees who volunteer 50 hours of personal time in one year to a non-profit, community or non-governmental organisation.

Media contacts
Jane McGuire on 0410 694 676 or jane.mcguire@alcoa.com.au
Bobbie Everitt on 9557 4090, 9410 3171 or bobbie.everitt@alcoa.com.au