Rio Tinto Alcan donates $850,000 to Centraide

MONTREAL, Dec. 10, 2013 /CNW Telbec/ - Rio Tinto Alcan is proud to contribute an $850,000 corporate donation to Centraide of Greater Montreal. The Rio Tinto Montreal Office Centraide campaign ran from October 22 to November 30.

"As citizens and members of the Greater Montreal community, we all have social responsibilities and once again this year, our employees and retirees made outstanding contributions to the Centraide campaign," stated Jacynthe Côté, Rio Tinto Alcan CEO.

Over the past ten years, Rio Tinto Alcan has donated nearly ten million dollars to Centraide of Greater Montreal through employee and retiree contributions and the Rio Tinto Alcan Fund. Rio Tinto Alcan added 150 percent to the sum collected from employees and retirees, thus augmenting the Centraide donation by nearly $530,000. This is a clear demonstration of Rio Tinto Alcan's commitment to the health and wellbeing of its host communities. Centraide takes steps to improve major social issues, providing vital assistance to some 500,000 individuals in need who depend on the 370 Centraide network organisations in Montreal, Laval, and on the South Shore. Through financial support, Rio Tinto Alcan stands behind the implementation of effective efforts and local initiatives to relieve poverty and its consequences.

"Rio Tinto Alcan's management, employees and retirees once again demonstrated that the fight against poverty is at the heart of their priorities—this valuable support will enable us, in particular, to ensure a better future for many youth in difficulty," said Lili-Anna Pereša, President and Executive Director of Centraide of Greater Montreal. "This year we invested $2.6 million in 28 community agencies throughout Greater Montreal that work to promote academic perseverance. This is an effective way to break the cycle of poverty while at the same time helping to improve the high school graduation rate, which increased from 67.7% in 2009 to 72.5% in 2012 on the Island of Montreal. Thank you. Your generosity brightens lives."

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: Grand Défi Pierre Lavoie, "Passeport pour ma réussite" program, Allô Prof, Festival International de Jazz de Montréal, Rio Tinto Alcan Planetarium, Centre hospitalier de l'Université de Montréal (CHUM), McGill University Health Centre (MUHC), Sainte-Justine Hospital, Montreal Children's Hospital, and 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, talc) 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.

SOURCE: RIO TINTO ALCAN - EN

For further information:

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

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

W: www.riotintoalcan.com


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