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November 30, 2012
Alcoa Named a Model Company for Sustainability
Recognized for environmental stewardship in Brazil four years in a row
NEW YORK--For the fourth year in a row, Alcoa (NYSE:AA) has been named one
of Brazil's model companies for sustainable development, in Exame
Magazine's Sustainability Guide 2012, the country's largest and most
respected publication on sustainability practices and corporate
The annual guide selects and recognizes the sustainable actions of 20
model companies every year and is Brazil´s most prestigious annual
survey on corporate social responsibility.
"For Alcoa, it makes us proud to be part of such a select group of
companies. This work exemplifies the commitment our employees have to
sustainable development," said Frank Feder, Regional CEO, Alcoa Latin
America & Caribbean.
Alcoa was recognized for replacing fuel oil with natural gas at the
Poços de Caldas alumina refinery, a cost effective solution that also
resulted in an 11 percent reduction of CO2 emissions at the plant.
Alcoa has been previously recognized by Exame for its transparent
and open consultation with communities in the heart of the Amazon
forest, where the Company has operated a bauxite mine for three years.
Alcoa has worked closely with the communities in the Municipality of
Juruti to bring about improvements in health, education, culture, the
environment, urban and rural infrastructure, security and justice.
The ranking of the Exame Guide is coordinated by the Getúlio
Vargas Foundation's Center for Studies in Sustainability, which
evaluates companies on three dimensions of sustainability: environmental
responsibility, economic success, and social commitment. It also
examines business practices, transparency, and corporate governance.
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 11 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. For more information, visit www.alcoa.com
and follow @Alcoa on Twitter