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December 5, 2009
Alcoa 2009 Worldwide Month of Service: Alcoa Employees Rally in Record Numbers for Their Communities
NEW YORK--On International Volunteer Day, Alcoa President and CEO Klaus Kleinfeld
congratulated the record 23,000 Alcoa employees who took part in the
company’s 2009 Worldwide Month of Service - volunteering in 800
community events to support those in need and invest in the
sustainability of our planet.
The annual Worldwide Month of Service program brings together Alcoa’s
global workforce to make a positive difference in the communities where
they live and work – this year partnering with nearly 1,900
not-for-profit community organizations across 23 countries.
Despite the challenging year, employee involvement in the company-wide
initiative soared in 2009 – demonstrating a commitment to working in
partnership to meet the challenges of the economic downturn and
addressing priority community concerns such as climate change.
Through the efforts of Alcoa employees during this month of intensive
service activity over 14,000 meals were served to those in need, 4,000
charitable campaigns held to collect and distribute food and clothing,
and 11,000 trees planted.
“It is really inspiring to see our people volunteering to make a
positive difference in the lives of others around the globe, applying
the same collective energy, talent and passion that has steered Alcoa
through this challenging year,” said Kleinfeld.
“Alcoa has a proud culture of volunteering and we chose International
Volunteer Day to announce these achievements to further recognize our
people and the way they add real value across our communities.”
Over 190,000 people across Alcoa and the broader community have
participated in the Month of Service initiative since its inception in
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 in this way, the efforts of Alcoa
employees further deepen the company’s long-term commitment to
environmental sustainability, reflected by the Alcoa Foundation’s $24M
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.
In 1985, the General Assembly of the United Nations designated December
5 for an annual celebration of all that is achieved by volunteers; International
Volunteer Day is celebrated in more than half the world’s countries.
Details can be found at www.worldvolunteerweb.org.
2009 Month of Service Highlights:
22,781 Alcoa volunteers working with 1,900 community
organizations in 795 service events, across 23
180 rivers, parks and recreation areas rehabilitated and
200 community facilities and shelters restored
427 schools helped or improved
14,000 meals served to those in need.
11,000 trees planted
29,000 children and 5,300 senior citizens assisted
76,000 community members positively impacted
Across the United States, over 7,000 Alcoans participated in
318 events to promote environmental sustainability and support those
in need in their communities during tough economic times with the
5000 trees planted
80 parks, reserves, and coastal areas cleaned and rehabilitated
100 shelters and community facilities improved
250 donation campaigns for food, clothing and medicine
112 schools supported with afterschool education, repairs and
2,400 elderly people and over 8,800 school children assisted
In Canada, a record 2,000 employees were involved in Month of
Service events that included a weekend of service to improve the local
environment in Quebec, serving at shelters, soup kitchens and a local
library; and giving to United Way charity campaign and clothing drives
to assist those in need.
AUSTRALIA AND ASIA
In Australia, close to 50% of employees participated across
Western Australia, Victoria and New South Wales. Building on the
an Impact greenhouse footprint reduction program, Australian
employees reached out to the community to help find solutions to
climate change through environmental projects, clean-ups and
Across Asia, employees in China, Singapore, South
Korea and for the first time, Japan, took part in Month of
Service. A record 29% of all employees in China took part, improving
regional environmental sustainability and reaching out to those most
Across 11 countries in Europe, close to 6,000 employees took
part in events to improve the local environment and support
communities impacted by the downturn.
Alcoa’s newest employees in Norway showed their community
commitment taking part in Month of Service for the first time in 2009.
Employees in Russia rallied in record numbers and increased
their involvement from 3% in 2008 to 43% in 2009 - with environmental
improvements and clothing, toy and blood drives to aid orphanages,
schools and seniors facilities.
In Hungary Alcoans also came out in greater numbers, holding 44
hands-on projects to improve the conditions of schools, community
facilities and the environment.
Alcoa Iceland’s year-round volunteer efforts to help the local
community through the economic downturn continued, with Red Cross
clothing collections and support for the local rescue squad.
SOUTH AMERICA AND THE CARIBBEAN
In Brazil, a total of 3,590 employees (almost 70%) participated
in Month of Service, alongside 128 non-profit and community
organizations. The highlight was a series of innovative environmental
community outreach programs around recycling awareness and carbon
Over half of Alcoa employees in Jamaica took part in eight separate
events to improve local community facilities and schools and brighten
the lives of those less fortunate.
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