Alcoa (NYSE: AA) announced today a record 56 percent, or more than
31,000 employees, volunteered in their communities during the company's
annual Worldwide Month of Service held in October. The 14 percent
increase over last year beats U.S. company- sponsored volunteer
programs, which average between 17 and 31 percent, according to the
Boston College Center for Corporate Citizenship.
"Volunteers are a vital part of any community," said Klaus Kleinfeld,
Chairman and CEO, Alcoa. "In many cases, their donations of time and
talent fill the resource gap that nonprofit organizations and
communities face, especially during tough economic times."
"At Alcoa, we actively encourage employees to get involved through
direct service volunteering such as participating on nonprofit boards
and offering their skills as mentors or advisors," Kleinfeld said. "This
is how positive change happens – when we come together, each with our
own abilities and enthusiasm, to tackle the challenges around us. We are
proud that Alcoa exceeded its volunteer goals this year and grateful for
our many nonprofit partners around the world who are helping us make a
difference in our communities."
Alcoaemployees from 24 countries participated in more than 1,200
projects to support local causes during the annual community service
month. They partnered with more than 1,800 nonprofits and reached more
than 890,000 community members with tangible impacts:
Planted more than 34,000 trees, improved more than 170 rivers and parks
Conducted more than 130 environmental workshops
Recycled more than 87,300 aluminum cans and distributed more than
4,400 recycling bins
Supported 360 schools by repairing infrastructure, improving literacy
and advancing STEM (science, technology, engineering and math)
"We're proud to announce this landmark employee achievement on UN
International Volunteer Day, a special day dedicated to building
stronger communities through volunteerism worldwide," said Paula Davis,
President, Alcoa Foundation.