June 25, 2013
Social discussion forum clarifies doubts about Alcoa investments in Juruti
A balanced and democratic debate: that was the result of the meeting of the Sustainable Juruti Council (Conjus), which was held on the morning of June 25 in the headquarters of the Z-42 Fishing Village in Juruti. The presentation, which dealt with the amounts invested by the Company in the municipality and in Positive Agenda actions, cleared up any remaining doubts that existed between the civil society, political and business representatives present. It was an open forum and people had the opportunity to settle their doubts by asking direct questions of the company managers attending the meeting.
The general manager of Alcoa’s Juruti Bauxite Mine, Claudio Vilaça, talked about the values that had been passed on to the municipality and the Community Association of the Juruti Velho Region (Acorjuve) as well as the process that led to the creation of the Positive Agenda. “I though the information about the Positive Agenda was interesting. I knew that the construction work was going ahead, but there were a lot of rumors about it not being complied with. Now the company’s made it clear that it has been working honestly and deserves our respect.
What there’s a lot of is unfounded talk. In the way it was done the figures are becoming robust and clarify the situation”, said the technical consultant of the Supplier Development Network of Pará (REDES) and a member of Conjus, Marcicley Nogueira.
The opportunity was taken to clarify Alcoa’s role in the social environment and public administration. “All the company’s legal and voluntary commitments are being complied with. We’re here to help with any actions that are not Alcoa’s responsibility and that need supporting. There’s no better environment for discussing themes involving the sustainability of Juruti than Conjus. This entity needs strengthening so we can seek out new partnerships. It’s important to make it clear that we cannot play the role of government, but we can help the administration become stronger by securing new partners”, Claudio Vilaça made it clear.
For the president of the Z-42 Fishing Village and the coordinator of Conjus, Francisco Oliveira, the meeting was very important for clarifying that Alcoa is present in the municipality and has contributed towards improving the life of local residents. “I always invite the population to take part in Conjus and help strengthen the entity. We still only have a small group that participates on the Council. People need to have a notion of just how important this entity is for helping Juruti grow. Instead of saying that Alcoa does nothing, more people should joint the Council and get information. This is the best place for debating and getting clarification about various aspects.”
The Conjus meeting was attended by representatives from the Municipal Chamber and Administration of Juruti, the Trade Association (ACEJ) and other class bodies, as well as by Alcoa employees.
About the Council – Set up in August 2008, there are 15 seats on the Sustainable Juruti Council (Conjus), which represent Juruti society. The collegiate body comprises representatives from companies, public bodies and civil institutions. The entity is a public forum model that provides an opportunity for democratic debate. Internally, Conjus is divided into six technical chambers, each one handling different themes, like health, the environment and education.
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.