October 01, 2013
Volunteers from Alcoa start the Worldwide Month of Community Service
The start of activities on October 1 marks the 125th anniversary of the company, which is celebrating the occasion around the world with voluntary actions
Today, October 1, volunteers from Alcoa are starting activities in the 8th edition of the Worldwide Month of Community Service (MMSC), an initiative promoted every year by the Instituto Alcoa and the Alcoa Foundation. The date marks the 125th anniversary of the company, which is celebrating the occasion around the world with voluntary actions.
“For 125 years Alcoa has had a commitment to the communities where it operates. The month of October this year will be even more special, and to celebrate this milestone in Alcoa’s history we shall have countless opportunities to reaffirm our responsible actions with the support of thousands of Alcoan volunteers in all locations where Alcoa has a presence”, says Franklin L. Feder, CEO of Alcoa Latin America & the Caribbean.
The MMSC, during which employees dedicate themselves to various voluntary activities, has taken place in October since 2006. Last year more than 60% of Alcoa’s employees took part in more than 1000 acts of volunteerism that engaged more than 33,000 volunteers, including the friends and relatives of employees. There were more than 90 community actions in Brazil, which included task force activities, the restoration of areas, talks, tree-planting and campaigns for collecting funds for partner institutions.
“It’s a time that’s eagerly waited for by many Alcoan men and women and one that’s undoubtedly marked by a transforming power and a feeling of doing good in the communities where we operate. This year in Brazil, the program is full of community actions, in which all employees will have the opportunity to take part”, emphasizes Camila Meirelles, vice president of the Instituto Alcoa.
About the Instituto Alcoa
Established in 1990, the mission of the Instituto Alcoa 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 Instituto Alcoa, 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 twelfth 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]. In 2013, it was recognized for the twelfth time as one of the Best Companies to Work and for the second consecutive year the 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.