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September 30, 2009
2009 Alcoa Worldwide Month of Service: Alcoa Employees Prepare to Set New Volunteering Record
NEW YORK--This month, Alcoa (NYSE:AA) employees across the globe are expected to
set a new volunteering record, as close to a third of the company’s more
than 60,000 employees gear-up to make a difference during the company’s
annual Worldwide Month of Service.
Now in its fourth year, Alcoa’s Month of Service is a month-long event
that mobilizes Alcoa’s global workforce to make a positive impact in
their local communities, while also recognizing employees for their
year-round volunteer efforts.
Last October, 24% of Alcoa’s global workforce took part in 700 Month of
Service events in 26 countries. They planted 20,000 trees, served 7,300
meals, restored 160 natural areas, repaired 270 community facilities and
assisted students in 320 schools.
This year, amidst a challenging economic backdrop, the company expects
these efforts to intensify – with 30% of its global workforce planning
participation in what Alcoa believes will be its biggest Month of
“Alcoa’s Month of Service is an extension of our determination to add
real value to everything we do – in the communities in which we live and
within our operations,” said CEO and President Klaus Kleinfeld.
“Month of Service is about all of our harnessing collective energy,
talent and dedication to bring positive change to the communities where
we operate around the globe.
“What we achieve together through this energy and dedication inspires
others– both within the company and beyond it – to make a powerful and
lasting difference through service – which is even more important during
Alcoa’s Month of Service has an impressive track-record of achievement
with over 120,000 people across Alcoa and the broader community
participating in the initiative since its inception in 2006.
Month of Service is the centerpiece of year-round volunteer efforts by
Alcoa employees, who last year gave 705,000 hours of voluntary service –
the equivalent of more than 350 people working full-time.
In addition to supporting communities through the impacts of the
economic downturn, the efforts of Alcoa employees this October will
further deepen the company’s long-term commitment to environmental
sustainability, reflected by the Alcoa Foundation’s $22M commitment to
community-based conservation projects since 2006 – and the company’s
action to plant 10 Million Trees, to recycle, and to find solutions to
global climate change on all fronts.
Highlights of Alcoa’s upcoming 2009
October Worldwide Month of Service:
In the United States, over 7,000 Alcoa employees are planning to help
more than 400 local non-profit and community groups in over 250 events
across the country – from building homes and renovating shelters, to
improving literacy among school students, to serving meals, donating
food, clothes and blankets. Employees at Alcoa’s Pittsburgh Corporate
Center kicked off Month of Service early, helping clean-up the city
for the G20 summit.
Across Canada, hundreds of Alcoans will participate in a weekend of
simultaneous volunteer action at the start of October. Their efforts
will refurbish community facilities and classrooms, collect and serve
food to those in need and improve the environment.
Across Europe over 4,000 employees across 11 countries will make a
difference in their communities. Alcoa’s newest employees in Norway
will focus on youth development and encouraging healthy, active
lifestyles among young people.
900 Alcoans in Spain will work alongside 100 local non-profit and
community groups to clean-up rivers and reserves, collect clothing and
food donations for the disadvantaged, and refurbish community
facilities for the elderly.
In Iceland, employees will volunteer over 200 hours to improve local
facilities for the benefit of all, including refurbishing the
community hall, improve sport and health fields, and making a hiking
trail accessible for those with disabilities.
700 Alcoans in Russia will assist disadvantaged children and make a
difference for the environment by delivering conservation awareness
Across Brazil, around 3,400 employees will participate in over 80
events to promote volunteerism in the community and undertake local
service projects. This will include launching a major education
initiative to improve environmental sustainability actions at home,
work and in the community, workshops and lectures on sustainability at
schools, hosting a sustainability competition with schools, donating
trees and planting trees.
Over 150 Alcoa employees in Suriname will renovate children’s
shelters, schools, playgrounds, bus shelters and bridges.
Asia and Australia
Employees in China are preparing for their biggest Month of Service
ever, with over 200 employees set to contribute over 500 hours of
service alongside 10 local groups. Their efforts will improve the
natural environment through conservation and recycling, and help those
in need, including earthquake victims in Sichuan.
In Australia, over 2,500 Alcoa employees will be involved in working
alongside over 400 non-profit and local groups in 70 events. Their
efforts will improve school safety and injury awareness among children
and increase the capacity of service delivery to those in need -
including assistance to emergency services and facilities for the
elderly and the disabled. Australian employees will also make a
difference in the fight against climate change, holding environmental
‘Make an Impact’ workshops and tree plantings around the country.
ABOUT ALCOA AND ALCOA FOUNDATION
Alcoa is the world leader in the production and management of primary
aluminum, fabricated aluminum and alumina combined. Serving the
aerospace, automotive, packaging, building and construction, commercial
transportation and industrial markets, Alcoa brings design, engineering,
production and other capabilities to its customers. The company is
dedicated to making a sustainable product, with more than 70% of the
aluminum ever produced since 1886 is still in use today. www.alcoa.com
Alcoa recognizes that the success of its business is directly connected
to the strength of the communities in which it operates and together
with Alcoa Foundation, works to address the needs of communities where
it has a presence. In addition to addressing locally identified needs,
Alcoa Foundation is focused on unlocking solutions to critical
environmental sustainability challenges, including global climate
change. The company combines funding with hands-on support from its
employee volunteers, who gave 705,000 services hours in 2008 to make
their communities stronger, more resilient places to live and work. www.alcoa.com/foundation