May 13, 2013
Alcoa delivers support material for PROERD in Juruti
With the aim of strengthening actions that were created in Juruti (Pará State) in a search for a culture of peace, on the morning of Wednesday, May 15, Alcoa delivered 1,480 items of support material that are going to help the actions of the Drug and Violence Resistance Educational Program (PROERD).
PROERD was introduced in Juruti in 2011 and undertakes educational work in schools in the municipal system. The program is currently aimed at students who are in the 4th Grade (5th year) of elementary education and attends 280 children in the municipality. The actions are undertaken with the support of teachers, the police, parents, students, companies and the community.
The handing over of 140 baseball caps, 400 certificates, 500 booklets and 440 shirts took place in the headquarters of the police detachment in Juruti and was hosted by Sgt. Rodenilson Menezes, who praised the initiative of Alcoa with its concern to contribute to the education of Juruti, which is fundamental for avoiding children and teenagers becoming involved in risk situations. “We thank Alcoa for their collaboration with work that is of extreme importance to the municipality and principally in working with this basis, which is education. The police no longer want to use repression for fighting drug use and violence. We want to anticipate and avoid problems at the root and there’s nothing better than work that’s done within the educational sphere”, explains Sgt. Menezes.
For the Sustainability and Institutional Affairs Manager for Alcoa Juruti, Juana Galvão, the company’s initiative confirms its commitment to carrying out social development actions in the municipality. “For Alcoa it’s a satisfaction to help programs like PROERD, which work with themes that favor fighting violence and the use of drugs by people who are still being educated. There’s nothing better than working with the educational base. That’s fundamental, forms part of Alcoa’s policies in the municipality and reinforces its values.”
The program – A Brazilian adaptation of the North American Drug Abuse Resistance Education (D.A.R.E.) program, which was created in 1983, the Drug Resistance Educational Program (PROERD) was introduced into Brazil in 1992 by the police in the State of Rio de Janeiro. Thanks to its success, today PROERD has been adopted throughout Brazil, working on three main fronts: in infant schools and the early years of elementary education; students in the 4th Grade /5th year of elementary school; and parents and those responsible.
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.