June 20, 2013
Community action in the Raphael Sanches school has the environment as the main theme
The event was promoted by Alcoa, in a partnership with the police, Emater MG and the Green Guard
To celebrate Environment Day and Green Works, a group of Alcoans, led by Elaine Generoso, an accounts analysts with GBS Financial, organized a community mini-ACTION in the Raphael Sanches municipal school, in the rural area. The event was held on June 6 and was a partnership with the police, Emater MG and the Green Guard.
There were talks on environmental education, a group dynamic exercise and a chat for students, teachers and parents about making compost, organic fertilizers and life in harmony with nature. The initiative also planted 50 fruit trees and 20 ornamental trees and distributed 90 seedlings to the school’s students.
This was the first of three mini-ACTIONs that will be led by participants of the Alcoa Earthwatch program from Alcoa’s unit in Poços de Caldas. Each of them will guarantee that the institution where the action is carried out receives the equivalent of US$ 1,500, donated by the Alcoa Foundation.
“During Alcoa Earthwatch we discovered just how much we can do to contribute towards the sustainability of our planet”, says Elaine. “And the community mini-ACTION, with partners that are so committed to the environment, provided me with an excellent opportunity to put this discovery into practice. It was a very gratifying experience”.
About Alcoa Earthwatch
Alcoa Earthwatch is a partnership of the Alcoa Foundation with the Earthwatch Institute. In this program, company employees from all over the world have the chance to take part in research into the climate and sustainability in different places on the planet, the idea being to understand current problems better and come up with possible solutions for doubts related to the theme. After the expeditions, those who participated develop a project to be applied in their community and share their knowledge and experience with other employees. In 2013, three employees from Alcoa’s unit in Poços de Caldas took part in Earthwatch. Elaine Generoso, Edson Reis and Karen Monteiro went on the expedition to Salto Morato, in Paraná.
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.