Sustaining Our Communities
Helping the communities in which we operate adapt to a rapidly changing world is an important component of our sustainability efforts.
In 2013, Alcoa, Alcoa Foundation, and Alcoa Institute contributed more than US$4.2 million to projects benefiting the communities in which we operate. Many focused on the environment and education, while others addressed existing gaps in employment, governance, health, and safety.
The following highlight some of the 2013 investments made in Brazil (a total of US$2,025,136), Jamaica (US$79,000), and Suriname (US$58,560).
In 2013, our Latin American and Caribbean employees volunteered 31,091 hours in their local communities through Alcoa’s Month of Service, ACTION, Bravo!, Green Works, and Alcoans in Motion employee engagement programs. These efforts earned US$250,000 for non-governmental organizations, nonprofits, and associations.
Volunteer projects during the year included the following:
- Worldwide Month of Service: Alcoa volunteers from the São Paulo, Brazil, location helped students, parents, and teachers improve the facilities of the nearby Antonio Manoel Alves Lima State School in October.
- ACTION: Suralco employees worked on an accessible vegetable garden for the Stichting Mytylschool, which helps approximately 85 children with physical disabilities.
- Green Works: Employees at the Tubarão, Brazil, location joined community members in May to paint, clean, and revitalize the garden at the Leopoldo Marquides Correa Municipal School.
- Alcoans in Motion: Some 150 Jamalco employees participated in a June fitness fundraiser to expand and upgrade the medical records department at Lionel Town Hospital.
Employee volunteerism has declined in recent years due to a change in the volunteering strategy, which now focuses on fewer initiatives with greater effectiveness and impact. In addition, the BRAVO! program in Brazil was restructured in 2013 to recognize the most relevant employee volunteer initiatives at six locations.