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May 13, 2002

Alcoa Foundation Recipient of Outstanding Global Leadership Award From United Way International

PITTSBURGH--(BUSINESS WIRE)--May 13, 2002--Alcoa Foundation was presented the Outstanding Global Leadership Award from the United Way International (UWI) during the UWI World Assembly in Cape Town, South Africa.

The Outstanding Global Leadership Award recognizes an organization's commitment, leadership, creativity and impact in communities around the world. Alcoa Foundation was recognized for its role in Jamaica, where Alcoa Jamalco has operations, in the following areas:

  • Commitment that is unique to local community needs including those of the physically or emotionally challenged: Alcoa and Alcoa Foundation mobilized support and funding for UWI from the bauxite industry.
  • Leadership that involved engaging Alcoa employees in local nonprofit organizations and loaning Alcoa executives to assist in establishing and maintaining United Way in the central region of Jamaica.
  • Creativity in helping UWI expand and change its services to meet community needs: Alcoa Foundation and Alcoa employees are involved in helping nonprofit organizations in Jamaica develop and sustain income-generating businesses.
  • Impact in stimulating others to help UWI's efforts in Jamaica: Alcoa Foundation acts as a convener of community resources and other donors to UWI's work.


"Alcoa Foundation's contribution reaches beyond borders, touching the lives of the most vulnerable and providing opportunities for people empowerment," said Robert M. Beggan, president and CEO of UWI.

"This award underscores our commitment to our local communities," said Kathleen W. Buechel, president of Alcoa Foundation. "More importantly, it highlights the work of many Alcoans who volunteer their time and talent to improve the quality of life where they live and work."

Established in 1952, Alcoa Foundation is a global resource that actively invests in improving the quality of life in more than 25 countries around the world where Alcoa operates. In addition to community grants addressing local needs, the Foundation provides global grants focusing on Areas of Excellence, including: Conservation and Sustainability; Safe and Healthy Children and Families; Global Education in Science, Engineering, Technology and Business; Business and Community Partnerships; and Skills Today for Tomorrow. For more information about Alcoa Foundation, visit www.alcoa.com and click on "Community."

Alcoa is the world's leading producer of primary aluminum, fabricated aluminum and alumina. It is active in all major aspects of the industry -- technology, mining, refining, smelting, fabricating and recycling. Alcoa has 129,000 employees in 38 countries.

United Way International is a not-for-profit organization whose purpose is to strengthen communities and improve lives around the world. By mobilizing local people and companies to give time and money and by helping local charities become more effective, United Way organizations in 41 countries outside the U.S. help create long-term solutions to local human needs.