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July 14, 2008

Alcoa Foundation Assists World Scouting in Launch of World Environment Education Program

At 38th World Scout Conference in Korea

GENEVA--Scouts from all over the world have traveled to Jeju Island, Korea to attend the 38th World Scouting Conference, which begins today. During this ‘General Assembly’ of Scouting – taking place from July 14 – 18 – delegates of all National Scout Organizations will discuss and decide on a wide range of topics and projects important to Scouting. Among these topics is the launch of the new World Scout Environment Programme developed with support of the Alcoa Foundation.

Alcoa Foundation’s support of the World Organization of the Scout Movement started in 2006 with a two year $ 205,000 grant aimed at the development of a joint program on environmental sustainability awareness creation. In close cooperation with various European Alcoa specialists and NGO’s the Scout’s Environment Education Task Team has developed and tested several tools and processes to make Scouts around the world even more environmentally conscious. Already several of these tools have been put into practice at last year’s World Scout Jamboree in the UK. At the same time, specific environmental and nature conservation projects in major European countries have been implemented.

World Scout Environment Badge

Among the tools to be officially launched at the World Scout Conference are a ready-to-use Environmental Education toolkit and a new World Scout Environment Badge program encouraging networks for environment education amongst National Scout Organizations and partners.

Making a difference

“It has been a real pleasure working with the Scouts for the past two years and it gives us great pride seeing our joint efforts now being officially launched at this Conference in front of hundreds of future leaders,” says Rudi Huber, President Alcoa European Region. “By using Alcoa Foundation resources wisely and reaching out to NGO’s – such as the World Organization of the Scout Movement (WOSM) – we are truly making an impact.” Luc Panissod, Acting Secretary General of WOSM added: “The launch of the new World Scout Environment toolkit, program and badge is very exciting for the Organisation. It is the opportunity for Scouts around the world to learn about and focus on key environmental issues affecting the world today and help to create a better world by being prepared to respect and value the environment. This has always been a fundamental part of Scouting and its values so, although in some ways we are going 'back to basics' by drawing attention to the topic, we are taking a renewed approach to make it relevant and adaptable for National Scout Organizations around the world.”

The World Scout Conference

The World Scout Conference is the governing body, the "general assembly" of Scouting, and is composed of all the members of the National Scout Organizations. Its function is to consider the policy and standards of the Scout Movement throughout the world, formulate the general policy of the World Organization and take the action required to further the purpose of the Movement. Taking place every three years, this year's 38th World Scout Conference is being held on Jeju Island, South Korea.

About the World Organization of the Scout Movement

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 160 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 recognized 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 $504 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 over $465 million invested since 1952. To learn more about Alcoa Foundation, visit www.alcoa.com under Community.

About Alcoa

Alcoa (NYSE:AA) is the world leader in the production and management of primary aluminum, fabricated aluminum and alumina combined, through its active and growing participation 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, and building systems. The company has 97,000 employees in 34 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.