May 23, 2013

Alcoa’s project in Juruti receives the 15th Brazilian Mining and Metal-working Industry’s Excellence Prize


Winning project presents company actions with  a focus on employee diversity in the Juruti (PA) unit


A project developed by Alcoa employees, “Alcoa bauxite mine values labor in Juruti (Pará State) and encourages the participation of women in mining”, won the 15th Brazilian Mining and Metal-working Industry’s Excellence Prize, organized by Minérios & Minerales magazine, in the Human Resources and Training category.


The award ceremony, which had the objective of publicize the best technologies, processes and concepts applied by mining companies throughout Brazil, was held on May 14 in Belo Horizonte (Minas Gerais State) and attended by the winning project’s author, Rogério Fernandes Ribas, Human Resources Manager for Alcoa’s unit in Juruti (PA).


The award-wining project presents a structured approach to the management of people, from the recruitment process to individual development plans, which guarantees employee diversity in the unit. “With this project, we were able to present our experience of a broad and integrated approach taken from various education actions, from the elementary school, middle school and vocational areas to higher-education, which are aligned with the strategy of valuing the local labor-force and the company’s diversity”, explains Ribas.


“Inserting women into the industrial environment is very important for Alcoa, which was  considered the “Best Comapny for Women to Work For” in Brazil, by a survey carried out by the Great Place to Work® 2012. It also recently received the prestigious Catalyst Prize 2013, which pays tribute to innovative organizational focuses related to hiring, developing and promoting women in the work-place”, emphasizes Vânia Akabane, Human Resources Director for Alcoa Latin America & the Caribbean.


A second company project, “Methodologies for recovering bauxite mines at altitude using native grass”, developed by professionals from Alcoa’s unit in Poços de Caldas (Minas Gerais State), was also recognized and won an award in the Environment category.


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