October 15, 2013

Casa do Caminho inaugurates project for expanding bakery


The project was introduced in partnership with the Instituto Alcoa and the inauguration formed part of the Worldwide Month of Service and the 125-year anniversary of Alcoa commemorations


The Casa do Caminho bakery has received betterments that will allow it to expand the number of places on its bakery and confectionary courses, which are offered free of charge to the community, and the mix of products that guarantee the institution’s income. The project included expansion of the physical space and the acquisition of new equipment and was made feasible because of the partnership with the Instituto Alcoa, which donated R$ 86,000. Phelps Dodge, Repoços, The Freemasons, Curimbaba Foundation and employees of the Federal Revenue Service were also partners.

According to Paulo Sérgio Alves Duarte, president of Casa do Caminho, expansion of the bakery has made it possible to increase the number of places on the bread-making course and also its production, which is sold to the community. This generates greater income for the institution to enable it to continue with its various social projects, like the lessons in music (guitar, violin, keyboard, drums, flute and choir), IT, encouraging reading, and introduction to sport that it offers and the crèche. “The bread-making and confectionary course has already been attended by 250 people, ranging in age from 17 to 50, in 22 groups; 38 are employed in 6 partner bakeries and a significant number have opened their own business”, emphasizes the president.

Og Bernardi, Operations Director of the Alcoa unit in Poços de Caldas, says that investing in projects like this one is very gratifying for the company. “The objective is in line with the way we operate in community relations: promoting the education of young people and the sustainability of those institutions that provide such a relevant service to the community”.

This is the 5th Casa do Caminho project in partnership with the Instituto Alcoa; the first donation was given in 1998, which allowed the headquarters of the institution to be built. The project for setting up the bakery and confectionary course, the audiovisual resources room, and the playroom and children’s play area in the crèche also benefited. The Casa do Caminho also received a community action (ACTION) in 2010.

Inauguration of the expansion work of the Casa do Caminho bakery formed part of the Worldwide Month of Service and 125-year anniversary commemorations on October 11, which will be celebrated throughout the month. Participating in the event were the mayor, Elosío do Carmo Lourenço, the deputy mayor, Nizar El-Khatib, and representatives from partner companies and the community.

About the Alcoa Instituto


Established in 1990, the mission of the Alcoa Instituto 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.

About Alcoa


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 and follow @Alcoa on Twitter at and follow Alcoa on Facebook at