April 8, 2013
Alumar and World Health Day
Wellness for a life full of well-being. It is by working with this concept that Alumar intends raising the awareness of its employees and their family members to the importance of acquiring healthy habits and of the consequent improvement in the quality of their lives. The Program, which was launched during World Health Day celebrations, is part of a global initiative by Alcoa, the aim of which is to reinforce its positive actions in the areas of health and safety.
The Wellness Program is supported on four pillars: being tobacco-free, healthy nutrition, increasing physical activity and enhancing well-being. The strategy, according to the Human Resources Manager for Alumar, Tereza Cavalca, is to work with these macro-themes, with the idea of rolling out actions, which encourages healthier lifestyles: “We’re aligning activities that already exist with the corporate program so we can be even more effective”, she says.
An investment in quality of life, as a strong attraction for companies interested in retaining their best talent, is also an ally when it comes to ensuring productivity and internal satisfaction. Alumar’s more than 2,000 employees and their family members are attended in the Health Guidance Center by a multidisciplinary team of doctors, nurses, a social assistant, a nutritionist and a psychologist.
The work is undertaken through the Health for a Decade Program, whose aim is to prevent and control coronary diseases and other pathologies, by working with risk factors like obesity, smoking, a sedentary lifestyle and dyslipidemia.
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 and follow @Alcoa on Twitter at www.twitter.com/Alcoa and follow Alcoa on Facebook at www.facebook.com/Alcoa.