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
"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
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