July 17, 2013
Alcoa celebrates the result of its Green Works Program
In Brazil the Program was responsible for planting more than 7,000 trees, arranging 166 events and bringing benefit to 97 institutions
Two months of environmental preservation activities are drawing to a close in Alcoa, during which more than 15,000 volunteers from its locations around the world were involved in the Green Works Program, 2013. Volunteers from the company took part in various actions on behalf of the environment, which were aligned with the company’s environmental priorities of reducing, recycling and replenishing.
The initiative, which was promoted between April 21 and June 21, is an Alcoa Foundation program in a partnership in Brazil with the Instituto Alcoa. Its objective is to encourage company employees to engage in activities related to the environment.
Worldwide, the program resulted in the holding of 100 workshops on recycling, water conservation and energy efficiency, the recycling of more than 20,000 kg of electronic equipment, support for cleaning UP 50 parks, riverbanks and recreation areas and 75,000 trees planted.
In Brazil, some 2,600 employees took part in the program, during which 166 events were held, involving talks and community actions. The number of institutions that benefited reached 97 this year and 7,000 trees were planted. Each unit in the company undertook its own actions, such as arranging ecological walks, the distribution of tree saplings for planting, awareness-raising talks and other activities. ACTIONs (“Alcoans coming together in our neighborhoods”) were also arranged in those locations where Alcoa has a presence. The program is based on a group of at least ten Alcoa employees carrying out four hours of voluntary work in a not-for-profit entity. Once the task has been completed the institution receives a donation of US$ 3,000.
“I’m immensely proud to be part of a team that’s committed to the sustainable future of the communities where we operate and the fact that voluntary work is a value that is so strong in Alcoa’s culture. As we draw to the end of yet another edition of the Green Works Program, we’re feeling extremely satisfied”, stresses Camila Meirelles, Vice President of the Instituto Alcoa.
About Alcoa Foundation
Alcoa Foundation is one of the largest corporate foundations in the U.S., with assets of approximately US$460 million. Founded 60 years ago, Alcoa Foundation has invested more than US$570 million since 1952. In 2012, Alcoa Foundation contributed more than US$21 million to nonprofit organizations throughout the world, building innovative partnerships to improve the environment and educate tomorrow’s leaders for careers in manufacturing and engineering.
The work of Alcoa Foundation is further enhanced by Alcoa’s thousands of employee volunteers who share their talents and time to make a difference in the communities where Alcoa operates. Through the Company’s signature Month of Service program, in 2012, a record 60 percent of Alcoa employees took part in more than 1,050 events across 24 countries, benefiting more than 450,000 people and 2,050 nonprofit organizations. For more information, visit www.alcoafoundation.com and follow @AlcoaFoundation on Twitter.
About the Alcoa Institute
Established in 1990, the mission of the Alcoa Institute is to generate a legacy of sustainability in the communities in which Alcoa operates, through strategic and articulated projects that value and strengthen their potential. The Institute works with programs and actions that encourage corporate voluntary work, among which are ACTION, BRAVO!, Green Works, World Community Services Month program, the Program for Supporting Local Projects and its signature program, known as the ECOA (Community Environmental Education) Program, in partnership with CIEDS [Integrated Center for Sustainable Development Studies and Programs]. The areas considered to be a priority for actions or community projects are education, health, the environment, safety, governance, work and income. Since 1995, the Alcoa Institute, along with the Alcoa Foundation, has invested around R$ 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