Rio Tinto Alcan donates $900,000 to Centraide

Rio Tinto Alcan donates $900,000 to Centraide. From left to right: Jacynthe Côté, Chief executive, Rio Tinto Alcan, Catherine Jestin and Nigel Steward, co-chairmen for this year's employee campaign, Michelle Adams, Campaign director, Rio Tinto Alcan and Michèle Thibodeau-De Guire, President, Centraide of Greater Montreal. (CNW Group/RIO TINTO ALCAN - EN)

MONTREAL, Dec. 11, 2012 /CNW Telbec/ - Rio Tinto Alcan is proud to make a corporate contribution of $900,000 to Centraide of Greater Montreal following a company fundraising campaign at Rio Tinto Alcan's Montreal office from 22 October to 10 December, 2012.

"Again this year, employees and retirees of Rio Tinto Alcan's Montreal office contributed generously to this campaign," said Jacynthe Côté, chief executive, Rio Tinto Alcan. "Poverty and social exclusion are a serious problem in our society, and we all have a duty to support the development of a strong network that can make a real difference," she added.

Over the last 10 years, Rio Tinto Alcan has given more than $9 million to Centraide of Greater Montreal through voluntary contributions from employees and retirees as well as the Rio Tinto Alcan Canada Fund. Rio Tinto Alcan matched the total amount of employee and retiree donations by 150 per cent, thus increasing the contribution to Centraide by nearly $550,000

Community involvement is a central value for Rio Tinto Alcan which is why the Group supports Centraide's efforts helping disadvantaged people in the greater Montreal area and thorugh significant financial contribution to the organization. Centraide deals with major social issues and provides vital assistance to nearly 500,000 vulnerable people served by the 370 organizations within Centraide's network in Montréal, Laval and the South Shore. By donating to Centraide, Rio Tinto Alcan contributes to implementing effective poverty-fighting strategies and supports local initiatives.

"I would like to extend a warm thanks to the staff and executive managers of Rio Tinto Alcan for their generosity and support for so many years," stated Michèle Thibodeau-DeGuire, President and Executive Director of Centraide of Greater Montreal. "Thanks to their donations, agencies can continue the fight against poverty."

About the Rio Tinto Alcan Fund

The Rio Tinto Alcan Fund is committed to providing support for community-building initiatives which integrate environmental, economic and social considerations, and which meet the needs of the present while safeguarding our legacy for future generations.  We invest in projects that demonstrate innovation, collaboration, new learning, and inclusion.  Our investments serve to fund ideas that can make measurable progress toward local sustainability.

Since its inception in 2008, the Rio Tinto Alcan Fund has invested over $50 million in donations and sponsorships in the communities where it operates. The following are some of the projects and organizations supported by the Rio Tinto Alcan Fund: the Grand Défi Pierre Lavoie, the Passeport pour ma réussite program, the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal, BIXI, the Rio Tinto Alcan Planetarium, the Centre hospitalier de l'Université de Montréal (CHUM), the McGill University Health Centre (MUHC), Sainte-Justine hospital, the Montreal Children's Hospital, and the Université du Québec à Chicoutimi (UQAC).

About Rio Tinto

Rio Tinto is a leading international mining group headquartered in the UK, combining Rio Tinto plc, a London and NYSE listed company, and Rio Tinto Limited, which is listed on the Australian Securities Exchange.

Rio Tinto's business is finding, mining, and processing mineral resources. Major products are aluminium, copper, diamonds, energy (coal and uranium), gold, industrial minerals (borax, titanium dioxide, salt) and iron ore. Activities span the world but are strongly represented in Australia and North America with significant businesses in South America, Asia, Europe and southern Africa.

Image with caption: "Rio Tinto Alcan donates $900,000 to Centraide. From left to right: Jacynthe Côté, Chief executive, Rio Tinto Alcan, Catherine Jestin and Nigel Steward, co-chairmen for this year's employee campaign, Michelle Adams, Campaign director, Rio Tinto Alcan and Michèle Thibodeau-De Guire, President, Centraide of Greater Montreal. (CNW Group/RIO TINTO ALCAN - EN)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20121211_C8078_PHOTO_EN_21828.jpg

SOURCE: RIO TINTO ALCAN - EN

For further information:

Media Relations, Rio Tinto Alcan
Bryan Tucker
Tel. : +1 514 848 8151
bryan.tucker@riotinto.com

Media Relations, Rio Tinto Alcan
Claudine Gagnon
Tel. : + 1 514 848-1129
claudine.gagnon@riotinto.com

Website: www.riotintoalcan.com