April 17, 2013
Alcoa starts third edition of the Green Weeks Program in Brazil
Based on the reduce, recycle and revitalize pillars, the Program will develop community actions for environmental education
Alcoa has just started another environmental preservation endeavor, with the Green Weeks Program. The initiative, which takes place from April 21st to June 21st, is a partnership between the Alcoa Institute and the Alcoa Foundation and its goal is to encourage the voluntary participation and engagement of the company’s employees in the development of environmental actions.
This year, each location will develop actions such as nature walks, distribution of seedlings for planting, lectures to raise awareness and others. ACTIONs – “Alcoa employees coming together in our neighborhoods” – will also be organized at locations where Alcoa is present. The program is based on performing four hours of voluntary work at a non-profit entity, by a group with at least ten Alcoa employees. When the work is completed, the institution receives a donation for US$ 3,000.
In 2012, in Brazil, the number of participants increased by 17% in relation to the previous year, with around 4,000 employees volunteering, 139 events, 82 institutions benefited and 8,000 trees planted. Throughout the world, the initiative resulted in over 275 events at 350 different institutions, benefiting more than 150,000 people in 20 countries.
“With Green Weeks, Alcoa’s employees have another opportunity to contribute to the welfare of communities, participating in activities on behalf of the environment. I am so proud to be a part of a team that is committed to the sustainable future of the locations where we work,” added 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 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.