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June 5, 2007

Alcoa Foundation and World Scouting Join Forces in Creating Sustainability Awareness for Future Generations

GENEVA--Today, on World Environment Day, Alcoa Foundation and the World Organization for the Scout Movement announced a joint program promoting sustainability awareness through a worldwide environmental educational Scout program. The program will be initially rolled out in five European countries and will be funded by a two-year $205,000 grant from Alcoa Foundation. Key components of this project will be featured at the 21st World Scout Jamboree scheduled to take place in the UK from July 27 to August 8, 2007.

“In everything they do it’s very clear that Scouts have a deep understanding and respect for our environment,” said Rudi Huber, Alcoa president European region. “We’re very happy that we can contribute, through the support of Alcoa Foundation, in helping these girls and boys to be the leaders of tomorrow by taking the next step to a more sustainable society.”

Dr. Eduardo Missoni, Secretary General of World Scouting, stated: “This joint program is an excellent opportunity to learn from each other and to put best practices in place in some of our largest Scout communities in Europe. We are very glad to benefit from Alcoa Foundation's knowledge and network.”

With this funding and involvement of both Alcoa employees and Scout leaders, World Scouting will develop a sustainability project that will initially be rolled out in Germany, Hungary, Italy, Switzerland and the UK, beginning today. The roll out will be done through the National Scout Organizations in close cooperation with local Alcoa plants. The program will support the work of the Environment Education Task Team of the World Organization of the Scout Movement, which is developing a series of initiatives to enhance its environmental educational program throughout the world. These developments aim to ensure that the Scouts of today will be prepared for the environmental challenges they will face in the future. Some of these educational programs will be demonstrated through environment workshops at the Global Development Village at the upcoming World Scout Jamboree in the UK.

About Alcoa Foundation

Alcoa Foundation is a separately constituted nonprofit U.S. corporate foundation with assets of approximately $534 million. Its mission is to actively invest in the quality of life in Alcoa communities worldwide. Throughout its history, the Foundation has been a source of positive community change and enhancement, with nearly $437 million invested since 1952.

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. Global and local grant-making is responsive to the needs and aspirations of Alcoa communities and marshals the combined expertise, energies, and values of Alcoa and Alcoa Foundation to provide a world-class standard of excellence in corporate citizenship.

In 2006, Alcoa and Alcoa Foundation invested a combined total of $42.3 million in community programs in 32 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, under Community.

About Alcoa

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 including flat-rolled products, hard alloy extrusions, and forgings, Alcoa also markets Alcoa® wheels, fastening systems, precision and investment castings, structures and building systems. The company has 122,000 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 World Scouting

The Scout Movement is a non-partisan movement of 28 million active volunteers in a world network of local groups that belong to National Scout Organizations in 155 countries. The World Organization of the Scout Movement is an independent, non-profit organisation at the service of the Scout Movement, composed of its national organisations. It has had consultative status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council since 1947. It is recognised by the majority of UN agencies and governments and works in collaboration with other agents in the world of education and civil society.

Scouting is a educational social force that takes action on environment at local and international levels. It is a leading global movement for advocacy in the following fields:
  • The promotion of the United Nations Millennium Development Goals
  • Sustainable development
  • Protection of the environment