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February 23, 2009
Alcoa Continues Commitment to Communities
PITTSBURGH--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Alcoa (NYSE:AA)
and Alcoa Foundation have confirmed a continued commitment to corporate
citizenship and community sustainability amidst the economic downturn,
reporting 2008 community contributions that included record employee
volunteerism and philanthropic giving focused on building community
Combined community giving reached $50.6 million in 2008, with close to
55% of Alcoa Foundation funds targeted toward strengthening of vital
community service organizations, adaptation of skills for a changing
workforce; and improving access to and quality of child health care.
Alcoa employees rallied with hands on support for their communities in
2008, with record participation in the company’s volunteer programs.
Employees contributed more than 705,000 of their own service hours, the
equivalent of 350 people working full time.
In reporting the annual results, Alcoa President and CEO Klaus
Kleinfeld thanked employees and Alcoa Foundation partners for
their enthusiastic commitment to addressing priority community concerns
and helping local communities worldwide to meet the challenges of the
current economic crisis.
“In 2008,a year of serious economic challenges, Alcoa, Alcoa Foundation
and thousands of our employee volunteers focused our attention on two
important goals -- providing basic necessities to those in need and
investing in the sustainability of our planet."
“Looking to the future, Alcoa remains committed to working alongside our
community partners and stakeholders to assess the local impact of the
global downturn and respond by ensuring our philanthropic resources are
meeting priority needs and contributing to a sustainable future for the
communities where we live and work."
Now entering its 56th year, Alcoa Foundation has invested
more than US$490 million since 1952 to address the needs of Alcoa
2008 Community Contribution Highlights:
Strengthening community response to downturn:
$14.3 million (55%) in Alcoa Foundation funding was directed
toward strengthening community response to the economic downturn:
$3 million for provision of basic services and emergency needs
$5.3 million for re-skilling and technical training programs to
assist communities adapt in a changing workforce;
$6 million ensured access to and quality of child health programs
Following the economic collapse in Iceland, Alcoa and Alcoa
Foundation responded with a support package to assist with the
provision of food, social services, training and job finding services
to help sustain the local community in a time of immense need.
Increased employee volunteerism at a time of need:
Over 19,800 volunteer activities recorded through Alcoa’s volunteer
programs in 2008, with volunteer hours adding to over 705,000 – the
equivalent of more than 350 people working full time. Alcoa matched the
time of employee volunteers with grants totaling over US$4 million to
As the economic crisis unfolded, employees came out in record numbers to
take part in the company’s annual month-long volunteer event, Worldwide
Month of Service, with nearly 22,000 employees (24%) undertaking 699
service projects with a clear focus on addressing emerging needs:
273 shelters and community facilities repaired or rebuilt;
160 events directly assisted the disadvantaged - including food and
Over 7,300 meals were served to those in need.
In addition to economic downturn response, Alcoa and Alcoa Foundation
community partnerships in 2008 focused on projects and initiatives
across 32 countries that contributed to combating global climate change;
strengthening education and skills development; improving child health
and safety; and revitalizing communities.
Finding solutions to global climate change
In line with the leadership position on climate change taken by Alcoa in
achieving a 36 percent reduction in total direct greenhouse gas
emissions in 2008 from its worldwide primary aluminum production
process, a 3 percent reduction over 2007 levels, Alcoa Foundation has
made a major contribution to wider community efforts to address this
In the last three years (2006-2008) Alcoa Foundation has invested more
than $22 million in community-based projects to inform
public policy, build capacity, raise awareness and mobilize action
around global climate change.
Additionally, since late 2005, Alcoa Foundation’s flagship $9.2
million Conservation & Sustainability Fellowship Program has
been unlocking answers to the most challenging sustainability issues
facing the world today - climate change, energy use, water management,
accelerated growth and development in all corners of the globe.
Alcoa Foundation has provided more than $1.9 million since 2006 to
mobilizing action on climate change in Alcoa communities through
the Make an Impact carbon footprint reduction program, in
partnership with Greening Australia in Australia and Pew Center on
Global Climate Change in the United States. This innovative program
has created a leading edge interactive website and carbon calculator
to enable family GHG reduction and energy savings. In the three months
following its US, the program identified potential household savings
of 800,000 lbs of GHG’s, translating to collective saving in energy
costs of over $190,000.
Recycling is a major sustainability issue around the globe and one
with clear connection to our business. Alcoa Foundation has funded
more than 30 projects totaling in excess of $1.3 million in the
last three years to assist community-based recycling programs in
communities ranging from Indianapolis, Indiana, and Morristown, New
Jersey, in the United States, to Arad, Romania, and Amorbieta, Spain,
and across Quebec, Canada, and Victoria, Australia.
Strengthening education and workplace skills
Access to and quality of education is critical to the strength of
communities and their future. In 2008 24% of Alcoa Foundation
funding contributed to improving access to quality education, building
capacity of educational institutions, strengthening science-based
skills and skills adaptation in a changing workforce.
From partnering Global Kids to improve the academic performance of
urban students living below the poverty line in New York City,
to building the next generation of engineers in Russia in
partnership with three key Universities, to fostering entrepreneurship
and small business skills in Brunei, Alcoa Foundation invested
more than $6 million in education and training programs to
equip communities to be innovative, resilient and transformative.
Other Community Investment Highlights around the Globe
USA: Across the United States Alcoa Foundation is supporting
development of the next generation of science and innovation leaders,
with a focus on diversity. A partnership with Girls Inc. is
empower young girls reach their full potential through a suite of
gender-specific programs around health, science, math, and technology,
economic and financial literacy, leadership and advocacy skills. In
Michigan, Alcoa Foundation supported 79 young women attend the STEPS
(Science, Technology and Engineering Preview Camp), one of the
nation’s leading technology based outreach programs for introducing
girls to manufacturing, engineering and other sciences skills through
interaction and mentoring from female teachers and professionals.
Canada: Alcoa Canada and Alcoa Foundation have committed US$1
million to the Ville de Baie-Comeau toward construction of an
arts and culture center and an arts exhibition hall. This funding has
been leveraged to secure the remaining US$7 million from federal,
provincial, and local governments. In addition, Entrepreneurial Action
Service is building a footbridge and walking path over the Amedee
River in Baie-Comeau City center to give community members access to a
newly landscaped park.
Brazil: Conservation International Brazil is protecting
areas in the Tapajós-Madeira Nucleus, one of the most important
sectors of the Southern Amazonia Biodiversity Corridor, through a
five-year $505,000 partnership. The program brings local institutions
together to share promising conservation practices and monitor
progress in protected areas. Lessons-learned from this project will be
used to expand the biodiversity corridor to other areas.
Europe: Alcoa Foundation has been working in partnership with
the World Organization of the Scout Movement since 2006, to
develop and tested a Scouting Environment Program. The program --
which is now being launched by National Scouting Organizations across
the world -- uses creative activities and an environment merit badge
to inspire scouts both to learn more about environmental issues and to
take action. For example, through the program over 1,600 scouts in
Switzerland are increasing their recycling rates.
China: In partnership with tertiary institutions in Beijing,
China and Philadelphia, USA, the Judicial Education Program is
building capacity in the Chinese judicial field - increasingly
significant given China’s evolving role in the world, its rapid growth
and its legal and economic reforms. The program is providing Chinese
judges with training on the US legal system, including civil and
commercial law, judicial ethics and maintaining neutrality, rules of
evidence and best practices in court administration for improved
Jamaica: Alcoa Foundation is working to improve access to
education in rural communities adjacent to our mining operations in
Jamaica. A partnership with The Jamaican Foundation for
Lifelong Learning will deliver a community education program
focused on raising the standard of literacy among rural farming
communities across Manchester and Clarendon, resulting in increased
employment and training prospects across these communities. A second
partnership with United Way will establish an early childhood
institution in rural Southern Manchester, contributing to early
cognitive development among local children and preparing them for
Australia: A focus on improving child safety and health has led
to a partnership with K.I.D.S. Foundation to reduce childhood
injuries, the leading cause of death for Australian children. Since
2004, Alcoa Foundation has contributed $873,000 to deliver safety
awareness programs in 16 pre-schools and 40 primary schools across
Australia, while over 126,000 students participated in 2008 Injury
Free Day to raise awareness of safe behaviors.
Guinea: Guinea’s forest region is one of the highest priority
regions in the world for primate conservation, requiring development
of sustainable livelihoods in many settlements. In Boke, Alcoa is
partnering Jane Goodall Institute to reach out to local
communities to train them in village-level economic planning and the
development of environmentally-friendly enterprises as part of a wider
chimpanzee conservation awareness campaign. To date 144 officials have
been trained in preparing community natural resource plans to guide
development in their villages.
Iceland: Alcoa Foundation is supporting a portfolio of economic
and social development programs to help rural and isolated communities
in North and East Iceland grow and prosper. A package of grants is
revitalizing these communities, leading to improved standards of
living, increased amenity and the attraction of new residents and
visitors. Key projects included the renovation of an outdoor skiing
area and information center in Stafdalur, in the vicinity of
Alcoa’s Fjardaál smelter; the establishment of an international cinema
and video festival and the development of a cultural center and sports
fund. In addition, a grant to renovate the Sómastadir House -
of the few remaining stonebrick buildings in Iceland - will preserve a
key piece of local cultural heritage and assist locals and visitors
discover more about how people in past centuries lived, worked and
designed their communities to best cope with the stark environment.
Alcoa 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 been named one of the top most sustainable corporations in
the world at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland and has been
a member of the Dow Jones Sustainability Index for seven consecutive
years. More information can be found at www.alcoa.com.
About Alcoa Foundation
Alcoa Foundation is a separately
constituted nonprofit U.S. corporate foundation with a mission to
actively invest in the quality of life in Alcoa communities worldwide.
For more than 57 years, Alcoa Foundation has been addressing the needs
of Alcoa communities with over $490 invested since 1952.
In 2008, combined by Alcoa and Alcoa Foundation totaled US$50.6 million.
Alcoa Foundation provided nearly US$26.2 million in grants in 35
countries where Alcoa operates, with Alcoa and Alcoa-related foundations
contributing another US$24.4 million to support projects and
partnerships with NGOs around the world.
Alcoa Foundation manages the Alcoa employee volunteer programs ACTION
and Bravo! through which Alcoa employees gave more than 705,000 hours of
voluntary service in 2008, matched by over $4 million in grants to local
organizations. For more information, visit www.alcoa.com/foundation.