Alcan Senior Executive underscores importance of successful partnership modelsadmin
Jacynthe Cã´tã©, a Senior Vice President of Alcan Inc. and President and Chief Executive Officer of the Company’s Bauxite and Alumina Group stressed the importance of partnering in her remarks at the fourth annual International Cooperation Days (ICD) forum. Organized by the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) and its partner, this year’s forum is focused on ‘Working Together for Effective Aid’.
“Alcan believes that its success is directly linked to the economic, social and environmental well-being of the communities in which it operates. The Company develops its business strategy in concert with the needs of these communities,” said Ms. Cã´tã© during a panel discussion regarding successful partnership models. “As a developer of natural resources, Alcan places great importance on being an active member within a community and partners with non-governmental organizations (NGOs), where appropriate,” she added.
In her address, Ms. Cã´tã© said that Alcan wants to partner with NGO’s that share similar values and long-term objectives. “Partnering has the power to multiply the Company’s potential to make a difference. That is why Alcan is committed to engaging the right partners, building consensus around difficult issues, and pursuing business opportunities that strengthen its position but also provide a sustainable environment for future generations,” concluded Cã´tã©.
As an example of partnering, Ms. Cã´tã© made reference to the Company’s 3-year US$300,000 collaboration with NGO’s in Ghana, which supports the country in reaching its Millennium Development Goals through actions related to water, health and education.
Alcan Bauxite and Alumina is a recognized leader and supplier of alumina refinery technology and comprises Alcan’s worldwide activities related to bauxite mining and refining into smelter-grade and specialty aluminas. The Group employs approximately 3,200 people and owns and/or operates six bauxite mines and deposits in five countries, five smelter-grade alumina plants in four countries and six specialty alumina plants in three countries.
This years’ ICD is expected to draw more than a thousand representatives from the non-governmental, voluntary, public, and private sectors. Their objective is the exchange of knowledge and ideas focused on the topic of ‘Working Together for Effective Aid’ with international development experts and front-line aid workers.
Alcan Inc. (NYSE, TSX: AL) is a leading global materials company, delivering high quality products and services worldwide. With world-class technology and operations in bauxite mining, alumina processing, primary metal smelting, power generation, aluminum fabrication, engineered solutions as well as flexible and specialty packaging, today’s Alcan is well positioned to meet and exceed its customers’ needs. Alcan is represented by 65,000 employees in 61 countries and regions, and posted revenues of US$20.3 billion in 2005. The Company has featured on the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index consecutively since 2003. For more information, please visit: www.alcan.com.
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