June 12, 2013
Alcoa volunteers take part in a dog-walking activity from the São Paulo Animal Disease Control Center
The initiative forms part of the Alcoans in Motion Program, which encourages employees to take part in sporting activities in a partnership with institutions
On June 16, volunteers from Alcoa will take part in an organized dog-walk in which employees will walk with dogs from the São Paulo Animal Disease Control Center. The initiative is linked to the Alcoans in Motion Program, in which a group of at least five employees undertake physical activity and, in return, the Alcoa Foundation donates US$ 2,500 to an institution chosen by the location.
“Alcoa volunteer actions take place all year long, but are more intense during this period. Being able to combine employee physical activity with the well-being of our communities makes this initiative even more pleasurable”, stresses Camila Meirelles, Vice President of the Instituto Alcoa.
The action 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 the development of environmental initiatives.
Among the activities carried out in São Paulo (SP) are the revitalization of the Pinderê NGO, which offers psychological and psycho-pedagogic help for children from the Jardim São Luiz region, the planting of trees in the Julita Foundation, and environmental education workshops and light-hearted activities for 11-14 year olds from the Antônio Aggio State School.
About the Alcoa Institute
Established in 1990, the mission of the Alcoa Institute is to generate a sustainability legacy 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 for encouraging corporate voluntary work, among which are ACTION, BRAVO!, Green Works, the World Month of Community Service, the Program for Supporting Local Projects and its signature program, known as the ECOA (Community Environmental Education) Program in partnership with CIEDS. The areas considered to be a priority for actions or community projects are education, health, the environment, security, governance, work and income. Since 1995 the Alcoa Institute, along with the Alcoa Foundation, has invested some R$ 100 million in more than 1900 projects, benefiting 39 Brazilian cities and involving more than 1.4 million hours of voluntary work.
Alcoa Alumínio S.A. is a wholly-owned 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. In Latin America and the Caribbean Alcoa has operations in Brazil, Jamaica and Suriname, which employ some 7,000 employees. This year it is completing 125 years of operations worldwide.
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 US$ 2.6 billion in Brazil. In the same year it was considered a benchmark in sustainability and was one of the year’s 21 model companies in the Guia Exame de Sustentabilidade [Exame magazine’s Sustainability Guide], as well as being recognized as one of the Best Places to Work for the 11th consecutive year and the Best Company for Women to Work in Brazil by the Great Place to Work Institute. For further information access www.alcoa.com.br and follow @Alcoa on Twitter in twitter.com/AlcoaBrasil and on Facebook at facebook.com/AlcoaBrasil.