US$1 million Alcan Prize for Sustainability 2007 shortlist announced



    MONTREAL, Sept. 26 /CNW Telbec/ - Alcan and International Business
Leaders Forum (IBLF) today announced the shortlist of candidates for the
US$1 million Alcan Prize for Sustainability for 2007. Ten organizations were
selected from a field of over 155 entries from 53 countries around the world.
The shortlist will now be evaluated by the international Adjudication Panel of
distinguished sustainability experts.
    "On behalf of Alcan, I would like to congratulate each of the 2007
shortlisted organizations. This is one of the most geographically diverse
shortlists since the creation of the Alcan Prize for Sustainability in 2004,"
said Dick Evans, President and CEO of Alcan Inc. "The diversity in this year's
group of finalists also extends to the outstanding work these organizations
are doing around the world. They are a fine representation of what the Alcan
Prize for Sustainability is all about," he added.
    Alcan created the Alcan Prize for Sustainability to recognize outstanding
contributions to the goal of economic, environmental, and social
sustainability by not-for-profit, non-governmental, and civil society
organizations around the world. To ensure credibility and objectivity, Alcan
engaged International Business Leaders Forum (IBLF) to manage the Alcan Prize
for Sustainability.
    In selecting the 2007 shortlist, IBLF coordinated Assessment Panels in
India, Canada, Russia, United Kingdom and South Africa. This process engaged
more than 100 sustainability experts to act as assessors representing
business, academia, government, and the NGO community. The Adjudication Panel,
Chaired by David Runnalls, President and Chief Executive Officer,
International Institute for Sustainable Development, fully endorsed the
10 shortlisted organizations and the assessment process. Alcan does not have a
voice in the assessment or selection of Alcan Prize for Sustainability
candidates.
    "It is inspiring to see the extent of innovation and quality of
creativity that these NGOs bring to their operations, practicing and promoting
sustainable development in urban as well as remote and impoverished areas of
the world. The Alcan Prize commends them for their positive social,
environmental and economic impacts," said Adrian Hodges, IBLF Managing
Director.
    "On behalf of the Alcan Prize for Sustainability Adjudication Panel,
I extend my congratulations to the 2007 shortlisted organizations. This
shortlist is symbolic of the critical role that NGOs play in promoting
sustainable practices across the globe," said David Runnalls, President and
Chief Executive Officer, International Institute for Sustainable Development
(IISD) and Chairman of the Adjudication Panel.

    The Alcan Prize for Sustainability 2007 shortlist is:

    
    - Centro de Servicios Educativos  - FARM-Africa, UK
      en Salud y Medio Ambiente
      (CESESMA), Nicaragua

    - Institute of Integrated Rural   - Kagad Kach Patra Kashtakari
      Development, Bangladesh           Panchayat, India

    - Los Ninos, USA                  - M.S. Swaminathan Research
                                        Foundation, India

    - Ningxia Center for Environment  - Rural Development Institute, USA
      and Poverty Alleviation, China

    - The Natural Step Foundation,    - Utthan Centre for Sustainable
      Sweden                            Development and Poverty Alleviation,
                                        India
    

    Over the coming months, the Adjudication Panel will conduct an in-depth
review of the shortlist and select the winner of the 2007 Alcan Prize for
Sustainability. This is the first year where all shortlisted organizations
will receive Alcan Training Grants. These US$15,000 Grants will provide the
opportunity for a senior representative of each organization to select from a
menu of training including the chance to earn a post-graduate certificate in
Cross Sector Partnerships from the University of Cambridge. The 2007 Alcan
Prize for Sustainability winner will be announced when the final adjudication
process is complete.

    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 68,000 employees,
including its joint-ventures, in 61 countries and regions, and posted revenues
of US$23.6 billion in 2006. The Company has featured on the Dow Jones
Sustainability Indexes consecutively since 2002. For more information, please
visit: www.alcan.com.

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For further information:

For further information: Media Contact: Anik Michaud, +1-514-848-8151,
media.relations@alcan.com; Alcan Prize Contact: Leesa Muirhead,
+44-7901-510-701, leesa.muirhead@iblf.org,
www.alcanprizeforsustainability.com; Investor Contact: Ulf Quellmann,
+1-514-848-8368, investor.relations@alcan.com

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