At the recent Clinton Global Initiative mid-year meeting, the audience of eager companies and NGOs were asked what they thought they might have to relinquish to pursue their goals through partnerships. Speed, control and efficiency were suggested. A few of us nodded to each other as if to say, "that's probably true" but no one thought of leaving – because we know that to be effective and realize meaningful, systemic and sustainable change, we have to work together. We want to work together.
The importance of collaborations between the public and private sectors and nonprofit communities also was a recurring theme at Rio+20, the Committee Encouraging Corporate Philanthropy (CECP) Summit and Accenture's Sustainability Summit. So we must be on to something. Here's how it played out for Alcoa Foundation in Q2:
It all starts with a solid team internally. Tricia Napor was promoted to Principal Manager, responsible for our global environmental programs. Jamie Horst, who was in Strategy at Alcoa, has become our new Community Engagement Manager. Both have delivered tremendous value in their previous roles, and we are confident that they will continue to make great contributions.
Next, we continued to reach out to our employees who sparked a new commitment and realized impressive advancements during Green Works weeks:
- In Australia, employees worked with several nonprofit organizations to provide expertise as part of our commitment to A Billion + Change;
- In Spain, employees and their families, along with members of the Ornithological Group Mavea, built nests and feeders for birds in the Avilés area; and
- In the United States, tree planting and recycling initiatives took off with partners including The American Chestnut Foundation, Keep America Beautiful and Electronic Recyclers International.
And finally, we issued our 2011 annual report, which focuses on how partnerships drive sustainable change. On behalf of the Alcoa Foundation team, I want to thank you for helping us advance our goals and improve our communities!
Paula Davis, President, Alcoa Foundation
What's Happening Around Our Focus Areas and Alcoa
Alcoa Foundation’s 2011 Annual Report “We Got Engaged!” was inspired by Alcoa Chairman and CEO Klaus Kleinfeld, who often says, “No one is perfect but a team can be.” The full online report, as well as a downloadable highlights report, can be accessed here.
New Principal Manager
Effective May 1, Tricia Napor has been promoted to Principal Manager. Napor, who joined Alcoa as Community Engagement Manager in 2011, is responsible for the development and execution of Alcoa Foundation’s investments in environmental programs, including Ten Million Trees, Make an Impact, and Girl Scouts Forever Green. She also serves as Secretary of the Alcoa Foundation Board of Directors. Napor will advise on grantmaking in the Americas, helping Alcoa locations in the U.S., Canada and Mexico design meaningful and strategic community investment plans. In addition, she will develop partnerships with Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) on public policy partnerships related to the environment and education in the regions where Alcoa operates.
New Community Engagement Manager
Jamie Horst joined Alcoa Foundation on July 1 as our new Community Engagement Manager. In this role, Jamie, who has worked for nine years in different roles at Alcoa, will be responsible for our signature global volunteer efforts, including Make an Impact, Worldwide Month of Service, Alcoans In Motion, and ACTION and Bravo!
How focus groups make community programming more effective
Vanessa Small of The Washington Post reports on Alcoa’s Community Framework, which helps locations assess community needs, resources and risks so they can best apply their resources. To make programs and initiatives more successful, employees are asked for feedback to help improve volunteerism efforts. Read the profile
Partner Spotlight - Greening Australia
This is the first installment of a quarterly Q&A that will highlight one of our partners. For this issue, Brendan Foran, CEO, Greening Australia, gave his insights.
Q: Can you tell us a little about the organization?
A: In 2012, we are celebrating our 30th anniversary! Our organization is Australia’s largest environmental NGO. From humble beginnings in 1982, we are now a landscape focused environmental restoration organization employing more than 200 people across the Australian continent. Read more
2012 Nonprofit Social Networking Benchmark Report
In April, the Nonprofit Technology Network (NTEN), a membership organization of nonprofit professionals who put technology to use for their causes, together with two digital consultancies Blackbaud and Common Knowledge, released their fourth annual 2012 Nonprofit Social Networking Benchmark Report.
Five key findings from the 2012 nonprofit social networking report:
- 98 percent have a Facebook page with an average community size of more than 8,000 fans.
- Average Facebook and Twitter communities grew by 30 percent and 81 percent, respectively.
- 73 percent allocate half of a full time employee to managing social networking activities.
- 43 percent do not have budgets for their social networking activities.
- The top three factors for success are: strategy, prioritization and dedicated staff. Read more
Alcoans Kick-off Green Works and Celebrate Earth Day
As the second annual Green Works kicked-off on April 21, Alcoa employees took to their communities in efforts to save our planet and celebrate Earth Day and other global green holidays. During Green Works, which takes place each year from April 21 to June 21, employees engage their communities in service projects focused on ways to reduce their carbon footprint, recycle to save energy and plant trees to replenish the environment.
Highlights of Earth Day celebrations in the U.S.:
- In Newbury Park, CA, 66 Alcoa Van Petty Operations employees participated in a recycling drive.
- Alcoa Lancaster Works employees and community members partnered with The American Chestnut Foundation and Lancaster County Conservancy to plant 1,600 trees in Pennsylvania, creating a blight-resistant American chestnut breeding orchard.
- During the 11th annual Landfill Pizza contest, Alcoa Howmet, Whitehall, MI judged landfill pizzas by the types and quantity of recycled toppings and the students’ knowledge of sustainability, rather than taste.
Ornithology Group Mavea and Alcoa Spain Join Efforts to Protect Birds
In celebration of World Environment Day, 26 Alcoa Avilés volunteers in Spain partnered with the Ornithology Group Mavea to build birds’ nests and feeders with recycled material. Mavea is dedicated to the preservation, protection and research of birds, and environmental education. The aim of this Green Works activity was to increase environmental awareness among youth and improve the habitat of the wildlife in the area. Participants also collected samples of the Arlós River invertebrate and fauna to study how organisms and microorganisms live in the water. Volunteers from Alcoa and Alcoa Foundation have also collaborated with Mavea in several other initiatives to protect the ecosystem of Zeluán pond, an important environmental area in Avilés. Read more
Sustainability Must Be Owned and Grown Locally
Josh Wilund, Public Affairs Manager at Alcoa Intalco Works in Washington State wrote an article about how Alcoa integrates sustainability into its processes, products and policies.
Alcoa Intalco Works held its second annual electronics recycling drive on April 20, collecting nearly 15,000 pounds of discarded gadgets and consumer electronics, sending a truckload of items to Electronics Recyclers Incorporated. Read more
Alcoa "Alluminates" Central Park: Announces Infinitely Recyclable System for New York’s Landmark
Alcoa Foundation and The Central Park Conservancy announced the development of a sustainable waste management system to increase recycling and make trash removal in the Park more efficient. The system is expected to set a new standard in how waste is handled in the world’s busiest urban parks. Alcoa Foundation is providing a grant, and Alcoa will be donating aluminum to manufacture recycling containers and enclosures that will replace the existing receptacles with newly designed and infinitely recyclable aluminum receptacles. To mark this occasion, City Year New York Corps Members, Alcoa employees and representatives from The Central Park Conservancy, spent an afternoon volunteering in Central Park. Read more
Congratulations to World Resources Institute on 30th Anniversary!
WRI commemorated its anniversary with a New York event featuring 350 leaders in business, government, and philanthropy. Alcoa’s work with the GHG Protocol Product and Supply Chain Initiative in China was featured in WRI’s introductory video at the anniversary event, highlighting the progress that is being made. Watch video
Top Teachers Head to Colorado for The Keystone Center Development Program
For 15 years, Alcoa Foundation’s support to The Keystone Center has equipped more than 200 educators from Alcoa communities with the knowledge, skills and confidence to investigate complex environmental issues with their students. Teachers attend a professional development program and bring their experiences back to the classroom to engage and inspire students in the fascinating world of environmental science. In 2012, Alcoa expanded the program to Canada, sponsoring 30 teachers. Meet the teachers
As Demand Grows for STEM Workers, Recruiting Minorities, Women Proves Critical
Alcoa’s Chief Diversity Officer Gena Lovett shared her insights with the Pittsburgh Business Journal about recruiting the best and the brightest, and Alcoa’s aggressive targets for diversity in employment. By 2012, Alcoa wants 19 percent of its managers to be women and 16 percent to be a U.S.-identified minority. Read more
Sustainability Awards to Young Talent at Intel ISEF 2012
Through a partnership with the Society for Science & the Public, Alcoa Foundation and 45 volunteers supported the 2012 Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (Intel ISEF) held in Pittsburgh from May 14-18. Intel ISEF is the world’s largest pre-college science competition showcasing independent scientific research projects from more than 1,500 leading young talents. Alcoa researchers also announced six winners in two award categories, Sustainable Water Management and Sustainable Material Use. The winning students split $10,000 in prize money for their innovations in the sustainable use or reuse of water and materials. Read more
Summer Engineering Program to Increase Career Opportunities for Minority Students
Alcoa Foundation awarded $25,000 to the 2012 Summer Engineering Experience for Kids (SEEK), a program developed by the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) in 2007. SEEK is designed to raise the interest of underrepresented minority students in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) in grades K–12, as an important step towards careers in engineering. Alcoa Foundation’s grant will fund the SEEK program in Washington, D.C., and San Diego, California. Read more
Alcoa Inc. Releases 2011 Sustainability Report
The full report with details of Alcoa’s global environmental, social and economic performance can be accessed at www.alcoa.com/sustainability.
Significant achievements highlighted in the report include:
- The introduction of Reynobond® with EcoClean™, the first coil-coated architectural panel that helps clean itself and the air around it.
- For the first time in a calendar year, Alcoa had zero employee fatalities.
- Alcoa's Global Primary Products business reduced its total carbon dioxide intensity by 23 percent and the company as a whole decreased its global freshwater-use intensity by 21 percent between 2005 and 2011, exceeding both of these 2020 targets and allowing us to bring the company’s 2030 goals in both areas forward to 2020.
Alcoa Joins A Billion + Change, Commits 100,000 hours of skills-based volunteerism
The national campaign aims to mobilize billions of dollars in skills-based and pro bono volunteer services to help build the capacity of nonprofit organizations to meet community needs effectively. In various locations, employees are offering their expertise to local community-based organizations. In Australia:
- Tom Adams, Director of Finance & Business Services, is the Chairman of the United Way Board, offering his knowledge of finance and governance to the organization.
- Sarah Fordham, National Partnerships Manager, helped reposition Leadership Western Australia by developing its marketing and communications strategy.
- Lance Perry, Corporate Solicitor, is a board member of the Council of Anglican Schools Commission, contributing his legal expertise.
Europe summit on Volunteerism
Alcoa Foundation announced its continued support to innovative volunteering practices through its involvement in the ‘Global Service Innovation Summit’, organized by Meridian International Center. The Global Service Innovation Summit, which took place in March in Madrid, Spain, convened more than 200 leaders from government, nonprofit and corporate sectors from around the world, to explore innovations in volunteerism and service as a solution to address two of Spain’s most pressing social challenges: unemployment and economic development. Read more
2012 Western Australian Chamber of Minerals and Energy’s (CME) Safety and Health Innovation Awards
Alcoa’s Pinjarra refinery was recognized for its ingenuity and expertise at the 2012 Western Australian Chamber of Minerals and Energy’s (CME) Safety and Health Innovation Awards for its program to reduce occupational noise exposure and prevent hearing loss. The Road to Silence hearing conservation program was introduced by the health and safety team at Pinjarra refinery in 2006. At the time, hearing loss was being reported at an increasing rate and made up a notable amount of injuries. Read more
Green Company Magazine Top 100 Green Companies
Green Company Magazine has named Alcoa as one of the China Top 100 Green Companies in its annual ranking of corporate sustainability practices. Alcoa was recognized for its relentless endeavor to drive sustainability through technological innovation, advanced management to reduce carbon emissions, and investment in research projects on environmental and social impacts generated by business operations.
Maplecroft Climate Innovation Indexes
Alcoa was named the top performer in the Basic Materials category and #2 in the overall ranking of 360 U.S. companies in the Maplecroft Climate Innovation Indexes (CII) Leaders Indexes. This is the third year in a row Alcoa was among the top five performers. The rating recognizes Alcoa as a leader in the innovation of clean-tech solutions and new products, the mitigation of climate change related risks and the management of carbon emissions. Read more
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