October 1, 2011

The Bécanour aluminum smelter and Alcoa Foundation support the Centre de la Biodiversité in Bécancour

Last Saturday, in Bécancour, a dozen employees of the Bécancour aluminum smelter (ABI) and their families actively engaged in the launching of the sixth edition of the Worldwide Month of Service to be held in roughly 20 countries where Alcoa is present. In cooperation with the Centre de la Biodiversité, the volunteers lent a helping hand, carrying out various tasks, including tending the orchard.

Last Saturday, in Bécancour, a dozen employees of the Bécancour aluminum smelter (ABI) and their families actively engaged in the launching of the sixth edition of the Worldwide Month of Service to be held in roughly 20 countries where Alcoa is present. In cooperation with the Centre de la Biodiversité, the volunteers lent a helping hand, carrying out various tasks, including tending the orchard.
 
This activity was the fourth ACTION program of a series of ten to be held in our region in 2011.
 
During the same weekend, six service bees were accomplished by Alcoa’s employees throughout Canada. Six organizations were able to benefit from a total of 400 hours of service, in addition to each receiving a grant of $3,000 thanks to the company’s ACTION* volunteer-support program.
 
Furthermore, ABI announced a partnership of $15,000 over three years in acknowledgment of the work accomplished over some 15 years by the Centre de la Biodiversité, and with a view to allow it to increase its positive spinoffs for our community.
 
In addition, Alcoa Foundation announced a special grant of $25,000 in the framework of the 25th anniversary of ABI.
 
“ABI and Alcoa Foundation are always happy to get involved with the community. We are particularly delighted with the grants announced since they will allow the Centre to pursue its mission in the areas of education and sustainable development, two of our core values,” underlined Pierre Lapointe, President and CEO of the Bécancour aluminum smelter.
 
Several concrete actions in October
Once again this year, over half of the employees of Alcoa’s nine Canadian facilities will make a concrete gesture for their community, including volunteer service bees, fund-raising campaign for Centraide, collection of articles for people in need, and blood donations. In addition, Alcoa Foundation has relaunched its worldwide photo contest among its employees who will compete to win one of five grants of $5,000 for a non-profit organization of their choice.
 
ABOUT THE ACTION PROGRAMS*
ACTION — for Alcoans Coming Together In Our Neighborhoods — programs recognize the work of employees who join efforts to accomplish projects directly in their community. Non-profit organizations not only benefit from the work of the volunteers, they also receive a financial contribution of $3,000 from Alcoa.
 
ABOUT THE BÉCANOUR ALUMINUM SMELTER (ABI)
Owned by Alcoa (75%) and Rio Tinto Alcan (25%), the Bécancour smelter (ABI) is supported by an experienced team to produce over 400,000 metric tons of aluminum per year. In addition to the Bécancour smelter, Alcoa Canada Global Primary Products is composed of the Bécancour Rod Plant, as well as the Baie-Comeau and Deschambault smelters. Its activities contribute to generating over $1.6 billion in economic spinoffs per year in Québec. Together, these facilities produce over 1 million metric tons of ingots, castings, billets, and aluminum rod. Further information is available at www.alcoa.com/canada.
 
ABOUT ALCOA FOUNDATION – CANADA
Alcoa Foundation is one of the largest corporate foundations in the U.S., with assets of approximately US $436 million. Alcoa Foundation has invested more than US$530 million since 1952. In addition to responding to local needs identified by Alcoa communities, Alcoa Foundation seeks to find solutions to broader sustainability issues, like climate change. In 2010, the Foundation awarded over US$825,000 in grants to organizations in communities where Alcoa Canada’s facilities are located. Its impact is magnified by the commitment of Alcoa’s employees in Canada who have devoted over 200,000 hours of service to 200 organizations in the course of the past five years. All four Alcoa Canada Global Primary Products plants have achieved certification under Recyc-Québec’s ICI ON RECYCLE! program. More information can be found at www.alcoa.com/canada under Community.