February 1, 2013

Alcoa volunteers carry out first community action of the year


Event took place in the headquarters of Aphas (Association for the Human Promotion of Social Action), with talks for mothers and games for the children

The year has hardly just begun and volunteers from Alcoa have already organized the first community action of 2013 (1st ACTION 2013). The event was held on Saturday, January 26 in the headquarters of Aphas (Association for the Human Promotion of Social Action), an institution located in the São José district, which helps some 70 families and 250 children. There were talks and testimony for a group of 25 mothers whom Aphas helps, and there were games for their children. Senac, a partner in the action, took hair-dressers, who cut and did the hair of the mothers and children, and took the opportunity to publicize the free courses it offers the community. At the end each mother received a basic food hamper.

The action started with a talk about dreams, values and prospects, given by Silvana Cirino, from GBS HR; then Mirella Gomiero, HR Manager from the plant, talked about résumés and employment. The mothers also heard stories about the struggles and successes of professionals Regiane Freitas, from GBS Finance, Carolina Pelegrino, an employee from L&V, and Rita de Cássia, from Coopergore (Residual Oil and Fat Collection and Recycling Cooperative) 3.

According to Mônica M. Frison, Institutional Affairs Supervisor, the objective of the community action was to provide women from the São José district with stimuli and information that would help improve their self-esteem and motivate them to seek new opportunities in life.

Helen Helena Pereira, 27, the mother of three children, thought the community action was very interesting. “I liked everything, especially the first talk, because I discovered that I can continue to dream”, she pointed out.

Natália C. Moraes agrees with Helen and adds. “It was very good and moved me a lot. We all have dreams and we have to believe and act for them to become a reality”.

Aphas will receive US$ 3000

The community action held at Aphas is part of the ACTION program that has been organized by the Alcoa Foundation for the last 12 years in all Alcoa locations worldwide. The objective of ACTION, which stands for "Alcoans coming together in our neighborhoods", is to encourage voluntary team work among Alcoa employees in the world. The community action must take place on a weekend, last for at least four hours and have the participation of 10 employees, who will provide the entity with a double benefit: the volunteer work itself and a donation equivalent to US$ 3000.

About the Alcoa Institute

Established in 1990, the mission of the Alcoa Institute is to generate a legacy of sustainability in the communities in which Alcoa operates, through strategic and articulated projects that value and strengthen their potential. The Institute works with programs and actions that encourage corporate voluntary work, among which are ACTION, BRAVO!, Green Works, World Community Services Month program, the Program for Supporting Local Projects and its signature program, known as the ECOA (Community Environmental Education) Program, in partnership with CIEDS [Integrated Center for Sustainable Development Studies and Programs]. The areas considered to be a priority for actions or community projects are education, health, the environment, safety, governance, work and income. Since 1995, the Alcoa Institute, along with the Alcoa Foundation, has invested around R$ 99.5 million in more than 1,950 projects, which have benefited 39 Brazilian cities and involved more than 1.3 million hours of voluntary work.

About Alcoa

Alcoa Alumínio S.A. is a subsidiary of Alcoa Inc. which is the world’s leading producer of primary aluminum and fabricated aluminum, as well as the world’s largest miner of bauxite and refiner of alumina. The company employs approximately 61,000 people in 31 countries and for the eleventh consecutive year the company is a member of the Dow Jones Sustainability Index. Alcoa has been in Latin America and the Caribbean since the end of the 50’s where it has operations in Brazil, Jamaica and Suriname and about 7,000 employees. This year, the company completes 125 years of operations in the world.

In Brazil the company operates in the whole of the aluminum production chain, from bauxite mining to the production of transformed products. Alcoa has six production units and three offices in the states of Maranhão, Minas Gerais, Pará, Pernambuco, Santa Catarina, São Paulo and the Federal District. The company also has shareholdings in four hydroelectric power stations: Machadinho and Barra Grande on the border of the states of Santa Catarina and Rio Grande do Sul; Serra do Facão in Goiás; and Estreito, between Maranhão and Tocantins. In 2011, Alcoa recorded revenues of R$ 2,5 billion in Brazil. In 2012 it was considered a benchmark in sustainability and was one of the year’s 21 model companies in the Guia EXAME de Sustentabilidade [EXAME Magazine’s Sustainability Guide]. Further information can be found at