Fortune Magazine names Alcan Most Admired Metals Company


                            SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY

    MONTREAL, March 7 /CNW Telbec/ - Alcan has been named the industry
champion for metals on Fortune Magazine's "America's Most Admired Companies"
list in 2007, and is the only Canadian company to be included on the rankings.
In terms of social responsibility, Alcan ranked fifth out of the more than
1,000 largest U.S. companies and the top foreign companies operating in the
U.S. surveyed.
    "Alcan is extremely pleased to be named America's most admired metals
company and to be the only Canadian company to join the ranks of such a
distinguished group of corporations," said Dick Evans, President and Chief
Executive Officer, Alcan Inc. "We are especially proud to be ranked an
industry champion and to be recognized for our leading efforts in the area of
social responsibility by both peers and third party observers. This is a
direct reflection of the dedication and capability of all 68,000 Alcan
employees around the world," he added.
    The annual survey is a respected benchmark by which the world's most
successful companies are ranked. More than 16,000 senior executives and
directors were interviewed, along with financial analysts, to identify the
companies that enjoy the strongest reputations within and across their
    Alcan's overall score places it within the top 15 of all companies. The
Company ranked first in its industry in each of the key eight evaluated areas:
innovation, people management, use of corporate assets, social responsibility,
quality of management, financial soundness, long-term investment, and quality
of products/services.
    Other recent awards that Alcan has garnered include the National Safety
Council's (NSC) Robert W. Campbell Award, which acknowledges the very best
businesses worldwide to integrate environment, health and safety management as
a key business value. Alcan was also awarded the World Environment Center's
(WEC) Gold Medal for International Corporate Achievement in Sustainable
Development for the Company's comprehensive integration of sustainability into
its business decision-making and operations.

    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 World Index consecutively since 2003. For more information,
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For further information: Media Contact: Anik Michaud, +1-514-848-8151,; Investor Contact: Simon Ellinor, +1-514-848-8368,

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