June 11, 2013
Volunteers from Alcoa take part in ecological walk with students from the Paulista State School
The initiative forms part of the Green Works Program, which encourages the participation and voluntary engagement of company employees in the development of environmental initiatives
Next Wednesday, June 13, employees from Alcoa’s unit in Itapissuma (PE) will take part in an ecological walk on the Alcoa Farm with students from the Paulista State School in Pernambuco. The initiative is linked to the Alcoans in Motion Program, in which a group of at least five employees take part in some physical activity and in return the Alcoa Foundation donates US$ 2,500 to an institution chosen by the location.
During the trail walk, which will last approximately an hour, students will receive an explanation of the fauna and flora of the place visited. “Alcoa’s voluntary actions take place all year long and with Green Works employees have yet another opportunity to contribute towards the well-being of the community and take part in activities in favor of the environment”, stresses Ana Regina Cavalcanti, Institutional Affairs Supervisor of the Itapissuma (PE) unit.
The initiative forms part of the Green Works Program, which takes place between April 21 and June 21, and is a partnership between the Instituto Alcoa and the Alcoa Foundation. The aim is to encourage company employees to participate in and voluntarily engage in developing environmental initiatives.
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 and follow @Alcoa on Twitter at twitter.com/AlcoaBrasil and follow Alcoa on Facebook at facebook.com/AlcoaBrasil