April 9, 2013

Alcoa Institute promotes the 1st Community Panel in the Machadinho Hydroelectric Power Plant – Carlos Ermírio de Moraes (SC)


Event will present the results of the projects that the company developed in the community between 2008 and 2012, and inaugurate the refurbishment and expansion of the São José Hospital Charitable Society

On April 18 and 19, the Alcoa Institute will hold its first-ever ‘Alcoa and the Community’ Panel in the municipalities that come under the influence of the Machadinho Hydroelectric Power Plant, Carlos Ermírio de Moraes, Piratuba (SC) and Maximiliano de Almeida (RS).

Since 1999, these events have been periodically held in locations where the company operates, but this is the first time that it will be promoted in the region of one of the consortiums in which the company has a shareholding. Alcoa has a 25.74% share in the Machadinho consortium, whose shareholders are also: Companhia Brasileira de Alumínio (CBA); Votorantim Cimentos Brasil Ltda.; Tractebel Energia S/A; Vale S/A; Companhia Estadual de Geração e Transmissão de Energia Elétrica (CEEE-GT); InterCement and DME Distribuição S/A (DMED).

In the meeting, that will bring together representatives from the Alcoa Institute and the local community and that will be held in the Piratuba Events Center (SC), there will be a presentation of the results of the community project that was implemented by the Alcoa Institute and the Alcoa Foundation in partnership with the consortium partners and different local organizations between 2008 and 2012. In this period, the Alcoa Institute invested more than R$ 1 million in carrying out 16 projects in the location, but as a result of the partnership agreements that were signed this figure came to more than R$ 2.4 million.

In addition to presenting the results to community representatives, the participants will have the opportunity to visit the power plant’s installations and four community projects that are supported by the Alcoa Institute. Among the institutions to be visited are the Association of Parents and Friends of the Intellectually Disabled (APAE) of Ipira, the Maté Producers Association of Machadinho (APROMATE), the Sustainable Development Reference Center of Piratuba and the São José Hospital Charitable Society, which received investments from the Alcoa Institute for its refurbishment in 2012 and which will be inaugurated at the time.

“This will be a great opportunity to show the results achieved by the social projects in the region and restate our commitment to the community and our partner organizations”, emphasizes 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.


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 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 and follow @Alcoa on Twitter at and follow Alcoa on Facebook at


About the Machadinho Hydroelectric Power Plant – Carlos Ermírio de Moraes


The Machadinho Hydroelectric Power Plant was constructed in the bed of the Pelotas River between the municipalities of Piratuba, in Santa Catarina, and Maximiliano de Almeida, in Rio Grande do Sul. It has installed power of 1,140 MW and is the biggest hydroelectric power plant with a powerhouse in Santa Catarina. The power plant has NBR ISO 9001, ISO 14001 and OHSAS 18001 certification and uses the force of water to generate clean and renewable energy.

For more than 11 years the Machadinho Consortium has been contributing to Brazilian development by making available energy, while meeting all the environmental requirements. The good relationship, the partnership established with the community and the policy of social and environmental responsibility, led the Machadinho Consortium and its partners to invest more than R$ 6 million in some 70 projects that have provided better educational, safety, health, leisure and quality of life conditions for the region’s population. In these 11 years the Machadinho hydroelectric power plant has also already received more than 50,000 visitors and passed over more than R$197 million by way of financial compensation for using water resources.