US$1 million Rio Tinto Alcan Prize for Sustainability now open for entries



    MONTREAL, June 3 /CNW Telbec/ - Rio Tinto Alcan and the International
Business Leaders Forum (IBLF) are pleased to announce the US$1 million Rio
Tinto Alcan Prize for Sustainability(*) 2008 is now open for entries.
Information on eligibility criteria and how to enter the Prize is available at
www.alcanprizeforsustainability.com. The closing date for receipt of entries
is midnight, 12 September 2008 (GMT).
    "Since its inception five years ago, the Prize has become a significant
platform for businesses and the NGO community to work together to address
social, economic, and environmental issues and how they relate to
sustainability," said Dick Evans, chief executive, Rio Tinto Alcan. "I
strongly encourage sustainability-focused NGOs from around the world to submit
their entries. Beyond the US$1 million, the Prize represents an extraordinary
opportunity to highlight the benefits of successful sustainable development
practices worldwide," he added.
    The Rio Tinto Alcan Prize is open to all not-for-profit,
non-governmental, and civil society organizations based anywhere in the world
that are working to advance the goals of economic, environmental, and social
sustainability. The Prize was created to recognize the not-for-profit sector
for its contributions to global sustainability both in the community and more
widely by influencing policy.
    In addition to the US$1 million Prize, nine grants worth US$15,000 each
will be awarded to the shortlisted NGOs to invest in one of the following
three approved courses: the postgraduate certificate in cross-sector
partnership at Cambridge University, the LEAD Fellows training programme or
the postgraduate certificate in sustainable development from the University of
London.
    To ensure the objectivity of the Prize, Rio Tinto Alcan partners with the
IBLF, which manages the entries and selection process. IBLF puts business at
the heart of sustainable development and works with business, governments and
civil society to enhance the contribution that companies can make to
sustainable development. Rio Tinto Alcan does not have a voice on the
Assessment or Adjudication Panels which are facilitated by IBLF, ensuring a
rigorous and transparent approach.
    Previous winners of the Prize include the Forest Stewardship Council
(2004), the Aga Khan Planning and Building Services Pakistan (2005), the
Barefoot College (2006) and the Utthan Centre for Sustainable Development and
Poverty Alleviation (2007).

    The Rio Tinto Alcan Prize for Sustainability programme is climate neutral
and offsets CO2 emissions generated from management and travel activities
relating to the Prize with contributions to Climate Care
(www.climatecare.org).

    
    (*) The Rio Tinto Alcan Prize for Sustainability was formerly known as
        the Alcan Prize for Sustainability.
    

    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.




For further information:

For further information: Rio Tinto Media Relations, Montreal: Stefano
Bertolli, (514) 848-8151, stefano.bertolli@riotinto.com; Rio Tinto Alcan Prize
for Sustainability (IBLF): Leesa Muirhead, +44-7901-510-701,
manager@alcanprizeforsustainability.com; www.alcanprizeforsustainability.com;
www.riotinto.com/riotintoalcan

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