September 27, 2012

Alcoa’s Global Workforce Prepares to Volunteer during Seventh Annual Worldwide Month of Service

More Than 50 Percent of Employees Will Give Back Alongside NGOs, Schools and Government


This October, more than half of Alcoa’s (NYSE: AA) global workforce is expected to participate in more than 650 community service projects through its signature Worldwide Month of Service program. 

Alcoa Foundation’s employee volunteer programs showcase the Company’s values-based culture. For the past seven years, Alcoa has dedicated one month for its employees to join their friends, families and local nonprofit organizations to improve literacy rates in underserved schools, preserve parks and recreational areas, refurbish community centers, and raise awareness for national charities.   

The Company’s success is inextricably linked to the well-being of the communities where it operates, and Alcoa employees have long embraced community service, giving back in countries where volunteering isn’t customary.

Last October, a record 56 percent of Alcoa’s global workforce took part in nearly 1,000 volunteer events, donating their time to nearly 3,000 nonprofit organizations.  Alcoa employees, families, neighbors and community groups reached 59,000 children, served 17,000 meals, planted 16,000 trees and supported 3,000 nonprofit organizations.

“I am extremely proud that community service is such a vibrant part of Alcoa’s culture,” said Klaus Kleinfeld, Alcoa Chairman and CEO. “We live our values for the benefit of our customers, employees, investors, communities and partners.  Every October, Alcoa’s Month of Service, each of us gets a special opportunity to demonstrate how we live our values for one of those groups, the communities where we live and work.” 

Summary of Alcoa’s 2012 Month of Service:
• 58% of Alcoa employees across the globe will volunteer
• More than 650 community service projects are planned
• 85,000 hours of service are committed
• Employees will partner with more than 350 nonprofit organizations and community groups
• More than 30,000 participants, including Alcoa retirees will make a difference

Alcoa Foundation will also host the “Spirit of Volunteering” photo contest for Alcoa employees to submit a photo depicting how they make their community a better place through volunteering, for a chance to win one of five $5,000 grants for the charity of their choice.

Regional Highlights of Alcoa’s 2012 Month of Service:

North America
• In Canada, Alcoa volunteers will contribute to the United Way, conduct a winter clothes drive, and prepare Thanksgiving dinner at a local soup kitchen.

• Across the United States, Alcoa employees, families and friends will come together to plant trees, enhance community centers, teach students about the environment, assist the elderly, and distribute meals to the underserved.

• In China, Alcoa employees and community members will pick-up trash in public spaces, share knowledge on how to protect the environment and plant trees.

• In Japan, Alcoa volunteers will clean a local beach and repair a wooden path in Kuwadori Forests.

• In Australia, Alcoa employees will renovate schools, host a blood drive and plant trees suitable for the local habitat.

• In Germany, Alcoa volunteers will restore a local nature trail and host a hazardous household waste day so employees and the community can properly dispose of waste.

• In Iceland, Alcoa employees and community members will enhance recreational areas by gardening, painting and cleaning playgrounds, fields and community centers.

• In Spain, hundreds of Alcoa employees will plant trees, collect food for underserved families and clean the Garaitondo River and its surroundings.

• In Russia, Alcoa employees and local nonprofit organizations will partner to plant trees, donate blood and refurbish a community center for underserved children.

South America
• In Brazil, Alcoa employees will host a recycling campaign and plan environmental activities for underserved students.

• In Suriname, Alcoa volunteers will upgrade a community soccer field, and engage local students with safety workshops and career workshops.

For more information on Alcoa’s Month of Service visit

About Alcoa
Alcoa is the world’s leading producer of primary aluminum, fabricated aluminum and 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 ten 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. More information can be found at

About Alcoa Foundation
Alcoa Foundation is one of the largest corporate foundations in the U.S., with assets of approximately US$446 million. Founded more than 50 years ago, Alcoa Foundation has invested more than US$550 million since 1952. In 2011, Alcoa Foundation contributed more than US$20 million to nonprofit organizations throughout the world, building innovative partnerships, engaging its people to improve the environment and educating tomorrow’s leaders. The work of Alcoa Foundation is further enhanced by Alcoa’s thousands of employee volunteers who share their energy, passion and purpose to make a difference in the communities where Alcoa operates. Through the company’s signature Month of Service program, in 2011, a record 56 percent of Alcoa employees took part in more than 1,200 events across 24 countries, reaching 81,000 children, serving 9,000 meals, planting 34,000 trees and supporting 1,800 nonprofit organizations. More information can be found at