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October 3, 2006
Alcoa Launches 2006 Worldwide Month of Service to Make Global Impact; Thousands of Employees to Volunteer in Communities Around the World
PITTSBURGH--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Over 25,000 people are expected to participate in Alcoa’s
first-ever Worldwide Month of Service being held during October
to celebrate and recognize the company’s
commitment to volunteering around the world. Events will be held in over
200 Alcoa locations in 33 countries, including new or expanded
participation in Russia, Iceland, Ireland, Nepal, Egypt, Bahrain, and
United Arab Emirates.
Volunteer community service events will focus on conservation and
sustainability, featuring environmental activities and education
programs to support community development and local initiatives. Alcoa
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Alain Belda has challenged business
and resource unit leaders to take a visible “hands-on”
role in the Month of Service.
"Volunteering and making a contribution is part of Alcoa’s
Values, something we live each day in each country where we operate,”
said Belda. "Our Worldwide Month of Service focuses our efforts
globally, deepens our engagement with our communities, and allows us to
partner with nonprofit organizations to make a real and lasting impact."
Environmental and Community Sustainability: Large-scale
environmental restoration of significant waterways, park
rehabilitations, and educational events involving mass participation
from Alcoa employees and local communities will take place in Europe,
Canada, Australia, Suriname, and across the United States.
St. Lawrence River in Canada: waterside and park clean-up.
Anglesea in Australia: coastal and surf beach clean-ups.
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA: riverside and park clean-up.
Beijing, China: environmental center revitalization.
Paramaribo, Suriname: “Take back the park”
Palos Verdes Nature Conservancy, Los Angeles, California, USA: trail
maintenance, collecting native seeds, planting native plants, and
removing invasive plants.
Knoxville, Tennessee, USA: refurbishment of exhibits and trails at the
Knoxville Zoo, partnering with the Smoky Mountains Hiking Club and
Appalachian Trails Conservancy.
Community Sustainability Workshops: Alcoa leadership, employees,
and local community leaders and non-governmental organizations (NGOs)
will participate in workshops to define approaches to meeting long-term
sustainability needs. Locations include:
São Luis, Brazil (involving the Alcoa
Foundation Board of Directors)
Local Community Support: Activities will support local community
efforts to meet the needs of citizens, including assistance for the less
fortunate and disabled. Locations include Juaraz, Mexico; and numerous
locations across the U.S. and Japan.
Health and Safety: Several innovative and participatory projects
will address this important component of community sustainability; for
Across Australia, Alcoa will support a national “Injury-Free
Day” promoting a safer school environment
for children, and a community “Safety Fair.”
In China, Alcoa Bohai employees will conduct a “Bike
Safety” program in partnership with
Safekids International, reaching 15,000 students in 50 primary schools
with curriculum, posters, and a bike safety exhibit and contest.
Education: A number of countries will provide local education and
training opportunities, including a “Book
Blitz” to distribute text books to primary
schools in Jamaica.
Alcoa (NYSE:AA) is
the world's leading producer and manager of primary aluminum, fabricated
aluminum and alumina facilities, and is active in all major aspects of
the industry. Alcoa serves the aerospace, automotive, packaging,
building and construction, commercial transportation and industrial
markets, bringing design, engineering, production and other capabilities
of Alcoa's businesses to customers. In addition to aluminum products and
components, Alcoa also markets consumer brands including Reynolds Wrap®
foils and plastic wraps, Alcoa® wheels, and
Baco® household wraps. Among its other
businesses are closures, fastening systems, precision castings, and
electrical distribution systems for cars and trucks. The company has
129,000 employees in 44 countries and has been named one of the top most
sustainable corporations in the world at the World Economic Forum in
Davos, Switzerland. More information can be found at www.alcoa.com.
About Alcoa Foundation
Established in 1952, Alcoa Foundation is a global resource that actively
invests in improving the quality of life in the countries and
communities where Alcoa operates. The Foundation's grants address global
and local needs in over 30 countries by partnering with Alcoa
communities around the world to make a difference. In 2005, Alcoa and
Alcoa Foundation invested a total of US$39.9 million in community
programs in 30 countries, focusing on four areas of excellence:
conservation and sustainability, global education and workplace skills,
business and community partnerships, and safe and healthy children and
families. Alcoa Foundation manages the Alcoa employee volunteer programs
ACTION and Bravo! For more information, visit www.alcoa.com,