April 1, 2013
Alcoa employees carry out the first ACTION of the year in Tubarão
The Therapeutic Community Institution Reconstruir Vidas, where the action occurred, received a donation of US$ 3,000
At the end of March Alcoa employees arranged the first activity of the year in the ACTION ("Alcoans coming together in our neighborhood") program in Tubarão (SC), benefiting the Therapeutic Community Reconstruir Vidas, which works with recuperating drug users. The activity is characterized by the completion of four hours of voluntary work for a nonprofit organization, by a group comprising at least ten employees from Alcoa. In addition to the voluntary work, the chosen institution receives a donation of US$ 3,000 from the Alcoa Foundation.
Alcoa employees engaged community members with group dynamics and work-place gymnastics. The activities were supported by the local SESI (Industry Social Service). Lawrence Dias, the company’s doctor, also gave a talk on health.
"The ACTION was created to encourage volunteerism and provide knowledge transfer, leisure and well-being in those communities where Alcoa is located", says Camila Meirelles, vice president of the Alcoa Institute.
"At times like these, we leave our routines to do good for others and interact with the community. Actions of this nature help develop a culture of volunteerism among our employees", points out Marcelo Rodrigues, the Tubarão (SC) plant manager.
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$ 100 million in more than 1,900 projects, which have benefited 39 Brazilian cities and involved more than 1.4 million hours of voluntary work.
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 is present in Latin America and the Caribbean 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 2012, Alcoa recorded revenues of R$ 2,6 billion in Brazil. In the same year it was considered a benchmark in sustainability, being one of the year’s 21 model companies in the Guia EXAME de Sustentabilidade [EXAME Magazine’s Sustainability Guide], besides being recognized as one of the Best Companies to Work for the eleventh consecutive year and Best Company for Women to Work in Brazil, by the Great Place to Work Institute. Further information can be found at www.alcoa.com.br.