Alcoa Foundation Update

March 2012 Volume 4

Paula Davis

Message from the President

While we are well into our many of our 2012 initiatives to improve the environment and prepare tomorrow’s leaders, we also wanted to make sure you saw our overview of 2011, Alcoa and Alcoa Foundation Annual 2011 Giving Totals $38 Million, which gives you a glimpse of what we’ll report out on in our annual report, slated for release in April. At the heart of our report will be our partners and our people, who helped us achieve so much: 


  • 29.4 million pounds of C02 savings identified in the U.S. alone through Make an Impact
  • 434,000 trees planted worldwide in support of Alcoa’s Ten Million Trees campaign
  • 91 million pounds of recyclables and compostable organics recovered through RecycleMania
  • 100,000 students reached through innovative STEM and workforce development programs

As you’ll read in the following pages, we already are building on our efforts – reaching out to and working with NGO’s, schools, universities, and foundations to initiate and strengthen partnerships that advance our objectives and yours. We look forward to another successful year when we hope to capture even more of our impacts through our refined Impact Measurement System so at the end of the year, we can all answer – with great specificity – the most important question “Did we make a difference?”


Best regards,

Paula Davis, President, Alcoa Foundation

What's Happening Around Our Focus Areas and Alcoa




U.S. Schools Identify More Than 20 Million Pounds of CO2 Savings; Win $9,000 in Grants in Alcoa Competition

After competing in a month-long educational energy conservation competition, Make an Impact: Change Our 2morrow (CO2), six out of eight participating schools across Alcoa communities in Connecticut, Michigan, Texas and Washington have won a total of $9,000 in grants. Collectively, more than 9,000 participants committed to take actions in their daily lives that would save more than 20 million pounds of carbon dioxide emissions.


The Make an Impact: Change Our 2morrow (CO2) competition is part of Alcoa Foundation’s commitment to address regional environmental challenges, improve energy efficiency and enhance global reforestation projects. 



Keep America Beautiful Campus Recycling Competition Engages 630 Universities and Colleges in Competition to Increase Recycling

In addition to sponsoring the RecycleMania competition, Alcoa Foundation is providing a total of 20,000 recycling bins to 33 colleges and universities to in the U.S. The recycling bin grant program is an effort to help schools boost their results during the 8-week competition, and expand their recycling efforts throughout the year.

Alcoa Sponsors Action to Accelerate Recycling Summit

More than 90 industry leaders, representing nearly all of the packaging and beverage industries in the U.S. gathered in Dallas, Texas for the Action to Accelerate Recycling Summit, sponsored by Alcoa. Energized and experienced leaders from government, industry and non-governmental organizations began to tackle the issue of how to voluntarily drive recycling rates up by 20 percentage points in the next three years.

The summit concluded with a call to launch an industry-driven program to drive higher recycling rates rapidly to meet demand for recycled content. Thank you to Alcoa Foundation partners who participated!

Recycling is Not Only Good for the Planet, but Good for Your Wallet

According to the Aluminum Association, Americans earn nearly $1 billion a year from recycling aluminum cans, yet nearly another $1 billion worth of aluminum cans are still tossed into landfills. The Alcoa Recycling website is loaded with ideas on how to turn cans into treasure—from a free Aluminate iPhone app that helps users set and track financial recycling goals, to a toolkit that provides steps for planning a recycling campaign to raise money for charity.

Alcoa Brazil Receives Gold Certification from the Brazil GHG Protocol Program for Transparent Emissions Management

Alcoa’s operations in Brazil have received Gold Certification from the Brazil Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Protocol Program 
for transparency in reporting and quantifying its emissions inventories in 2010. The certification was granted following an assessment by independent Brazilian auditor Vanzolini Foundation. Alcoa was one of the first companies in Brazil to participate in the GHG Protocol Program, exemplifying Alcoa’s commitment to integrate sustainability into day-to-day operations.

“Receiving certification shows the efforts that Alcoa is making in declaring its emissions in a transparent way and proves the company’s commitment to reducing emissions year-after-year,” said Franklin L. Feder, CEO for Latin America and the Caribbean.




U-M Student Group Receives Grant to Help Detroit Revitalization Efforts

University of Michigan students and instructors interested in helping transform Detroit and urban transportation are benefiting from two Alcoa Foundation grants totaling $65,000. 
A $15,000 grant to U-M's Revitalization and Business Initiative, which promotes Detroit's assets and engages students with important issues shaping the city's future, will support consulting projects led by 40 MBA students at the Michigan Ross School of Business.

Alcoa Foundation also will provide a $50,000 grant to expand U-M's SMART (Sustainable Mobility and Accessibility Research and Transformation) program to encourage U-M students and faculty to identify and develop new business models, case studies and related research for new mobility solutions in Detroit and Beijing.

Exploring How to Drive More Sustainable Transportation at VERGE 2012

Advancing Sustainability Research: Innovative Partnerships for Actionable Solutions researchers participated in the Urban Mobility and Sustainable Transportation panel at GreenBiz's VERGE 2012 conference in Washington, DC on March 15, 2012.


The panelists explored transportation-related challenges, opportunities and drivers such as market demand and policy, thus providing sobering statistics of increasing urbanization and CO2 emissions, pointing to the reinvention of personal mobility as a key need for the 21st century. 


Glenn Daehn (The Ohio State University) stressed the inextricable link between manufacturing and sustainability, sharing the importance of a win-win policy to "share globally, build locally." Mike Robinson (General Motors) envisions a world in which cars drive themselves, and are networked to anticipate problems and prevent crashes. Matthew Brest (Alcoa) added that lightweighting vehicles pays off with reduced CO2 emissions, helping business and consumers alike. Susan Zielinski (University of Michigan) shared her radical vision of the future, in which transportation innovations are no longer incremental tweaks to the car model, but rather a system-wide overhaul.

Brookings Institution Identifying Policies and Actions to Bolster U.S. Manufacturing and Competitiveness in Metropolitan Areas

Alcoa Foundation’s partnership with the Brookings Institution is leading to public policy recommendations for greater growth of U.S. manufacturing in metropolitan areas, and for improved delivery of federal and state training funds to prepare people for careers in manufacturing. 


Bruce Katz, vice president and founding director of the Metropolitan Policy Program, and his staff are advancing a manufacturing research agenda and policies to help cities retool manufacturing, boost exports, catalyze innovation, and enhance United States competitiveness.


Dr. Elisabeth Jacobs, fellow in Governance Studies, is researching recommendations to reform the 1998 Workforce Investment Act by focusing on the critical skills of the future workforce and how current training programs will meet this imminent demand, and the role of the federal and state governments in defining workforce development policies.


The combined impact of these education, training and public policy partnerships is a Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) capable workforce ready for a variety of careers in manufacturing as skilled operators, engineers, designers and managers.

Community Engagement



Alcoa Joins A Billion + Change Campaign Mobilizing Companies to Increase Skills-Based Volunteerism 

Alcoa has joined A Billion + Change, a national campaign 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. Alcoa committed to having 10 percent or 100,000 of its employee volunteer hours be skills-based volunteering. In 2011, Alcoa’s global workforce volunteered more than 900,000 hours, averaging more than 16 hours per employee. For 2012, Alcoa has a goal of reaching one million volunteer hours. 



Alcoa and Alcoa Foundation Annual 2011 Giving Totals $38 Million


Alcoa and Alcoa Foundation combined community giving reached $38 million in 2011, compared with $36.8 million in 2010. The annual giving results were released on February 27 in recognition of International Corporate Philanthropy Day, which celebrates business-community partnerships around the world.


In 2011, Alcoa Inc. contributed $17 million to support projects and partnerships with non-governmental and nonprofit organizations around the world. That same year, $21 million in Alcoa Foundation funding was directed towards improving the environment, educating tomorrow's leaders and enhancing the communities where Alcoa operates.


Alcoa Foundation Launches Global Engagement Program to Support Employee Wellness and Local Communities

Alcoa leadership from across the world, including Alcoa Chairman and CEO Klaus Kleinfeld, kicked off a new global employee engagement program in Pittsburgh, PA and raised $17,000 for charity in the process.

Alcoans in Motion supports employees who join in group physical activities for charity. Kleinfeld and other senior leaders participated in a bowl-a-thon, where winning teams selected charities from key Alcoa regions around the world to receive grants from Alcoa Foundation. The 250 employees joined efforts and gave away a total of $17,000 to local and national organizations focused on workforce development, education and the environment.


Kevin Anton Joins the Earthwatch Institute International Board of Directors

Kevin Anton, Vice President and Chief Sustainability Officer, has joined the International Board of Directors for the Earthwatch Institute. Earthwatch, a long-term partner of Alcoa and Alcoa Foundation, engages people worldwide in scientific field research and education to promote the understanding and action necessary for a sustainable environment.


"With three decades of experience in strategic planning and top notch financial expertise in his portfolio, we are pleased to welcome Kevin Anton to our Board of Directors," said Ed Wilson, President and CEO of Earthwatch Institute. "As Chief Sustainability Officer for Alcoa, he will be a strong partner and guide for the work we will do in developing environmental leaders worldwide."


Global Impact Awards Honor Excellence

Alcoa honored 18 exceptional teams—and named six winners—at the 2012 Global Impact Awards on March 19 in Pittsburgh, PA. This companywide, global competition recognizes employee teams who demonstrate significant results in key categories.

Alcoa's impact extends far beyond the property lines of a facility. The success of the business is directly connected to the strength of the communities in which Alcoa operates.


For the Community category:

  • Winner – Alcoa Russia: Youth Votes for Health. In an effort to combat poor health habits among Russian youth, Alcoa created nine sports complexes and wellness education programs that have touched more than 2,000 students and their families in two cities.
  • Finalist – Global Primary Products Latin America & Caribbean: Brazil Igarapés Rehabilitation. A cooperative project with community leaders led to improvements in two Juruti streams. 
  • Finalist – Global Primary Products Europe: San Ciprián Community Programs. Since 1999, San Ciprián has built community relationships through focused attention to key stakeholders and strong volunteerism.


Alcoa Foundation Elects Three New Board Members Representing Key Geographies: China, Europe and Russia

Alcoa Foundation, one of the largest corporate foundations in the U.S., has elected three new members to its Board of Directors:

Shauna Huang, Vice President, Corporate Affairs, Alcoa China and Board Director, Alcoa China

Rosa Garcia Pineiro, Director, Environment, Health and Safety and Sustainability, Europe

Maxim Smirnov, Acting President, Alcoa Russia

“We are delighted to further diversify the Alcoa Foundation Board with leaders who bring a variety of experiences, expertise and networks that will contribute to our work around the environment and education,” said Paula Davis, President, Alcoa Foundation.





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Alcoa Fastening Systems Carson Operations Wins a Southern California 2011 Facility of the Year Award

The California Water Environment Association honored Alcoa Fastening Systems (AFS) Carson Operations for its accomplishments in environmental protection and waste water control; environmental, health and safety projects; and community programs, such as its Angeles National Forest restoration project.


Alcoa Receives Fred Rogers Good Neighbor Award for Workplace Volunteerism in Pittsburgh

Alcoa was recognized as a good neighbor by the United Way of Allegheny County for its commitment to workplace volunteerism with a Fred Rogers Good Neighbor Award.


Eaglets Hatch at Alcoa

Three eaglets recently hatched at Alcoa Davenport Works in Iowa, and are garnering worldwide attention. Viewers from more than 65 countries are connecting to the Alcoa EagleCam to watch this milestone. So far in 2012, more than 2.25 million visitors from across the globe have tuned in to witness the development of an American icon, the bald eagle.


Coming Soon!

Annual Report
Alcoa Foundation’s 2011 annual report is slated for release in April. 

Green Works
Taking place from April 21 - June 21, Green Works supports several environmental initiatives at Alcoa and inspires community engagement around international eco-holidays, including Arbor Day, Earth Day and World Environment Day. The focus is on Alcoa’s core environmental priorities to Reduce, Recycle and Replenish. How will you create a greener world?


Thought Leadership

Would you like an Alcoa or Alcoa Foundation thought leader to speak at your next conference? We would like to learn more about opportunities to share what we’re doing around global philanthropy, environmental sustainability, education and measurement. Send us information to consider.

Areas of expertise include:
• Employee Engagement
• Shared Value Creation
• Metrics and Evaluation
• Creating a stakeholder framework for a global enterprise






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