August 16, 2013
Alcoa employees take part in the Earthwatch Institute’s sustainability program
Teams will have adventures in Brazil, Canada and China. Expeditions can be monitored on the project’s blog
In a partnership between the Alcoa Foundation and the Earthwatch Institute whose headquarters are in the United States, Alcoa has announced that 27 employees are going to take part in Earthwatch expeditions to work with scientists carrying out research into sustainability. This year the Foundation is sponsoring three teams that will go on expeditions to the Guyrá Farm in Brazil, to the Arctic Circle in Canada and to the Dinghushan National Nature Reserve in China.
The expeditions will use three languages: English, Mandarin and Portuguese.
“In addition to having a very enriching experience those selected will have the opportunity to acquire new knowledge and disseminate sustainable practices both inside and outside the company”, emphasizes Camila Meirelles, Vice President of the Instituto Alcoa.
Participants on the Earthwatch program will work with scientists in collecting data that will contribute to a global sustainable forest research project. They will also have monitored lessons on how environmental issues are associated with their own lives and the with Alcoa’s sustainability policy.
Four Brazilian employees were selected to take part in the expedition to the Guyrá Farm in the Guaraqueçaba Environmental Protection Area in Paraná (PR).
On this expedition, which will take place between August 18 and 24, those participating will help collect scientific data, measure trees and undertake various other field work tasks while enjoying the wonderful beauty and natural diversity.
For Raquel Antônio, a Marketing Analyst in the Primary Products area in Alcoa Latin America & the Caribbean, taking part in the expedition will be a great experience for learning about sustainable practices. “I’m very happy about having this opportunity, but also anxious. In addition to complementing what we experience in our day-to-day lives by way of the social and environmental initiatives that are already carried out by Alcoa, I’ll be able to exchange ideas [with others] about how the issue of sustainability is dealt with in other countries and share the maximum amount of knowledge I acquired on the expedition with my Acoan colleagues”, she says.
Since 2003, 170 Alcoans have taken part in Earthwatch expeditions and had adventures in deserts, forests and wild places all over the world, with the purpose of studying climate change and issues to do with water and sustainability. They have also contributed almost 9,000 hours of research that has focused on solving some of the biggest sustainability challenges of recent times.
Follow the 2013 participants on the blog www.alcoa.com/earthwatch.
About the Earthwatch Institute
Founded in 1971, Earthwatch is an international environment organization, whose mission is to engage people from all over the world in scientific field research and education, with the objective of promoting understanding and the actions necessary for a sustainable environment. Its vision is of a world in which people live with the means available and in harmony with nature. Earthwatch is currently supporting 61 environmental research projects in 29 countries, providing the funds and remunerating the volunteers who work alongside prominent scientists and field researchers. Over the last 40 years Earthwatch volunteers have contributed more than 10 million hours to relevant field work. For further information about Earthwatch, visit http://www.earthwatch.org/
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$21 million to nonprofit organizations throughout the world, building innovative partnerships to improve the environment and educate tomorrow’s leaders for careers in manufacturing and engineering.
The work of Alcoa Foundation is further enhanced by Alcoa’s thousands of employee volunteers who share their talents and time to make a difference in the communities where Alcoa operates. Through the Company’s signature Month of Service program, in 2012, a record 60 percent of Alcoa employees took part in more than 1,050 events across 24 countries, benefiting more than 450,000 people and 2,050 nonprofit organizations. For more information, visit www.alcoafoundation.com and follow @AlcoaFoundation on Twitter.
Alcoa Alumínio S.A. is a subsidiary of Alcoa Inc. which is the world’s leading producer of primary aluminum and fabricated aluminum, as well as the world’s largest miner of bauxite and refiner of alumina. The company employs approximately 61,000 people in 31 countries and for the eleventh consecutive year the company is a member of the Dow Jones Sustainability Index. Alcoa is present in Latin America and the Caribbean where it has operations in Brazil, Jamaica and Suriname and about 7,000 employees. This year, the company completes 125 years of operations in the world.
In Brazil the company operates in the whole of the aluminum production chain, from bauxite mining to the production of transformed products. Alcoa has six production units and three offices in the states of Maranhão, Minas Gerais, Pará, Pernambuco, Santa Catarina, São Paulo and the Federal District. The company also has shareholdings in four hydroelectric power stations: Machadinho and Barra Grande on the border of the states of Santa Catarina and Rio Grande do Sul; Serra do Facão in Goiás; and Estreito, between Maranhão and Tocantins. In 2012, Alcoa recorded revenues of R$ 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