June 17, 2013
Alcoa employees hand out tree seedlings in Itapissuma
The initiative ends the third edition of the Green Works Program, whose objective is to encourage the participation and engagement of company employees in the development of environmental initiatives
On June 21, employees from Alcoa’s unit in Itapissuma (PE) will hand out 125 tree seedlings on Highway PE 35 in celebration of 125 years of company operations worldwide, a milestone the company reaches this year. The initiative ends the third edition of the Green Works Program, a partnership of the Alcoa Institute with the Alcoa Foundation, the objective of which is to encourage the participation and voluntary engagement of company employees in the development of environmental initiatives.
“I’m extremely proud to be part of a team that is committed to the sustainable future of those locations where we operate. With the third edition of the Green Works Program, Alcoa employees have yet another opportunity to take part in activities in favor of the environment and the community”, explains Ana Regina Cavalcanti, Institutional Affairs Supervisor at the Itapissuma (PE) unit.
The activities undertaken in Itapissuma (PE) included among other things: waste collection from the Itamaracá beach; an ‘ACTION’ in the Shekiná Crèche, with a group dynamic exercise on selective waste collection and to raise awareness of the conscientious use of water; the donation of 4,000 tree saplings for reforesting the municipality of Igarassu, in a partnership with the São José sugar mill; and an ecological walk on the Alcoa Fazenda with students from the Paulista State School in Paulista (PE).
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 30 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.