April 01, 2013
Alcoa Institute supports the Unisul Community Agents Training Project
The initiative is also supported by the city administration of Tubarão (SC)
The installations of the headquarters of the Community Agents Training Project of the University of Southern Santa Catarina (Unisul) were inaugurated on March 14 in the Jardim Floresta community in Tubarão (SC). The project is the result of a partnership between the university and the Alcoa Institute and city administration.
The Alcoa Institute has earmarked approximately R$ 48,000 for the project, whose main aim is to train community agents to be the promoters of associations and cooperative movements and, therefore, to expand social inclusion and sustainable community development.
“The project focuses on organizing and mobilizing the community and strengthens the leadership of those involved. Partnerships like this are fundamental for the well-being of the local population”, believes Marcelo Rodrigues, the Operations Manager for Alcoa in Tubarão (SC).
The project also aims to meet the needs of the community, which include developing and valuing the local population and generating work and income.
“The Alcoa Institute’s objective is to support enterprising initiatives that contribute to income generation and the strengthening of the communities where Alcoa operates”, explains Camila Meirelles, Vice President of the Alcoa Institute.
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 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 www.alcoa.com.br.