Alcoa at a glance:

World's leading producer of primary aluminum, fabricated aluminum, and alumina. Active in all major aspects of the industry — technology, mining, refining, smelting, fabricating and recycling.

Alcoa's aluminum products and components are used worldwide in aircraft, automobiles, beverage cans, buildings, chemicals, sports and recreation, and a wide variety of industrial and consumer applications, including such Alcoa consumer brands as Alcoa® wheels, Reynolds Wrap® aluminum foil, and Baco® household wraps.

Among its other businesses are vinyl siding, packaging machinery, precision castings, closures, fiber optic cables, and electrical distribution systems for cars and trucks.

Vital statistics: 127,000 Alcoans in 39 countries, $20.3 billion in revenues

In 2002 it was six times safer to work at Alcoa than it was in 1991

Alcoa makes a very sustainable product: of the 680 million tons of aluminum produced since the industry began in 1886, 440 million are still in use.

Earthwatch at a glance:

The mission of Earthwatch Institute is to promote the sustainable conservation of our natural resources and cultural heritage by creating partnerships among scientists, the general public, educators, and businesses. We believe that decision-making involving these issues not only requires objective scientific data from the field, but must engage the general public through active participation in the scientific process if it is to become widely accepted and effective.

We accomplish this through three primary objectives:

• Research - Supporting the field work of research scientists worldwide collecting the base line data essential for sustainable management decisions

• Education - Educating and inspiring the next generation of leaders in education, business and the general public both at home and overseas

• Conservation - Solving problems by active and ground-breaking collaborations with conservation and preservation partners

Earthwatch Institute is an international non-profit organization, founded in Boston and now with offices in Oxford, England, Melbourne, Australia and Tokyo, Japan. 50,000 members and supporters are spread across the US, Europe, Africa, Asia and Australia and 3,500 of our members volunteer their time and skills to work with 120 research scientists each year on our Earthwatch field research projects in over 50 countries all around the world.

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