June 5, 2012

Alcoa SMZ is one of EcoLeader contest winners in Samara region

Samara – The award ceremony of the 13th annual regional contest EcoLeader-2011 took place in Togliatti near Samara. ZAO Alcoa SMZ was awarded the 1st degree diploma in Large Enterprise category. Valery Pechorin, Ecological department Manager, received the award on behalf of the location.
EcoLeader contest is initiated by the Ministry of forest management, environment protection and natural resources of Samara region to identify and recognize municipal institutions, organizations and citizens for their achievements in environment protection and environmental management. 
ZAO Alcoa SMZ has been taking part in the competition since 2002 being recognized for environmental management every time.
EHS (Environment, Health, Safety) is the key Alcoa value. The Company included the objectives to reduce its environmental footprint into the list of its long-term strategic objectives on sustainable development.
In accordance with the corporate environmental strategy, ZAO Alcoa SMZ annually plans and implements activities to reduce its environmental footprint. These include: reduction of natural resources consumption, reduction of emission into the atmosphere, reduction of toxic materials consumption, reduction of emergency risks, additional environmental awareness workshops for workforce, participation of employees and community members in environmental volunteering events. The Environmental management system of the location was among the first in the Samara region to be certified with ISO 14001 standard. All the projects implemented at the location have to undergo environmental expertise.

About Alcoa
Alcoa is the world’s leading producer of primary and fabricated aluminum, as well as the world’s largest miner of bauxite and refiner of alumina. In addition to inventing the modern-day aluminum industry, Alcoa innovation has been behind major milestones in the aerospace, automotive, packaging, building and construction, commercial transportation, consumer electronics and industrial markets over the past 120 years. Among the solutions Alcoa markets are flat-rolled products, hard alloy extrusions, and forgings, as well as Alcoa® wheels, fastening systems, precision and investment castings, and building systems in addition to its expertise in other light metals such as titanium and nickel-based super alloys. Sustainability is an integral part of Alcoa’s operating practices and the product design and engineering it provides to customers. Alcoa has been a member of the Dow Jones Sustainability Index for 10 consecutive years and approximately 75 percent of all of the aluminum ever produced since 1888 is still in active use today. Alcoa employs approximately 61,000 people in 31 countries across the world.

Alcoa first entered Russia in 1993. In 2005 the company acquired two fabricating facilities in Samara and Belaya Kalitva. Since 2005 Alcoa has invested over $787 million to upgrade its Russian facilities.

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