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July 27, 2007

Alcoa Foundation Supports Scouting's Environmental Sustainability Awareness Programme at 21st World Scout Jamboree

GENEVA--Beginning tomorrow, more than 40,000 young people from across the globe will gather at the World Scout Jamboree in Hylands Park, Chelmsford, UK. For the next two weeks, this enormous collection of Scouts and their leaders will celebrate the Centenary of Scouting, learn about each other’s cultures and experience new adventures. Alcoa Foundation representatives will also be there to celebrate with them as they support the creation of a Scouting environmental sustainability awareness program.

The Alcoa Foundation's presence at the World Scout Jamboree follows this year's 5 June launch of a joint programme between the Alcoa Foundation and the World Organization of the Scout Movement. Scouting representatives are running initial workshop tests at the Jamboree and are working on the specifics of the educational programme to be later rolled out across Europe.

"Alcoa and Alcoa Foundation are extremely happy and honoured to be a part of the 21st World Scout Jamboree", said Claudio Munforti, Alcoa's Sustainability Coordinator for the Alcoa European region. "We believe that these young people are our future and think it's important that they are aware of the choices they can make when it comes to living in a responsible and sustainable way, which mirrors our company's overall sustainability approach.

"We are very pleased to have the support of the Alcoa Foundation at this year's World Scout Jamboree and to be developing these important programmes together for our members," said Eduardo Missoni, Secretary General of the World Organization of the Scout Movement.

The World Scout Jamboree will offer training and workshops on many subjects. The workshops that are connected to the Environmental Sustainability Awareness programme will focus on four areas: Climate Change, Disaster Preparedness, Renewable Energy and Green Living. During the course of the Jamboree, more than 1,500 young people are expected to participate in these specific workshops targeted at understanding sustainability. Next year, in 2008, the complete package of the Environmental Sustainability Awareness Programme will be launched at the World Scout Conference in Korea.

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


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