MONTREAL, June 10 /CNW Telbec/ - In conjunction with its participation in
the 14th International Economic Forum of the Americas/Conference of Montreal,
taking place in Montreal from 9 to 12 June 2008, Rio Tinto Alcan is hosting
the 10 organizations from seven countries that were selected to the 2007 short
list for the US$1-million Rio Tinto Alcan Prize for Sustainability(*). Rio Tinto
Alcan and the International Business Leaders Forum (IBLF), which manages the
Prize, will facilitate a forum on the potential of partnerships between
business and civil society organizations to shape a sustainable future.
"When we introduced this Prize, we wanted to do more than make
much-needed funds available to some of the world's most innovative
non-governmental organizations," said Dick Evans, chief executive of Rio Tinto
Alcan. "We wanted to contribute to a legacy of learning and sharing among
these extraordinary organizations, and to make sure this learning was being
channelled back to the business community. Over the past four years, we have
all acquired a much better understanding of how our sectors can - and must -
work together to tackle the considerable global challenges we face."
"Our experience around the world promoting partnerships between business,
the public sector and civil society has demonstrated that collaboration and
collective action are key to addressing global development challenges. The
Prize raises awareness of the critical role played by civil society and in
particular not-for-profit organizations in these partnerships, by both
recognising and rewarding good practice", said Adrian Hodges, managing
The 2007 finalists will also participate in a Conference of Montreal
luncheon discussion and will be the guests of honour at a gala dinner,
June 10, hosted by Rio Tinto Alcan. The winner of the 2007 Rio Tinto Alcan
Prize, India's Utthan Centre for Sustainable Development and Poverty
Alleviation, will be represented at this event by its founder and president,
Dr. Dina Nath Tewari.
"It is truly an honour for the International Economic Forum of the
Americas/Conference of Montreal to receive Dr. Dina Nath Tewari. The work that
is being accomplished under his Presidency at India's Utthan Centre is really
remarkable in its dynamic approach and efficiency in fighting poverty in a
sustainable development context", said Gil Rémillard, founding chairman of the
International Economic Forum of the Americas/Conference of Montreal.
Finalists for the 2007 Rio Tinto Alcan Prize for Sustainability are based
in Nicaragua, the UK, Bangladesh, India (with three finalists), the US (with
two finalists), China, and Sweden.
Since its inception, the Prize has been awarded to the Bonn-based Forest
Stewardship Council, the Aga Khan Planning and Building Services Program from
Pakistan, India's Barefoot College, and the Utthan Centre, also from India.
Each of the short-listed candidates receives a training grant worth US$15,000
to build capacity by enabling a senior staff member to study cross-sector
partnerships through an accredited educational institution. Rio Tinto Alcan
Prize alumni keep in touch through an online network, hosted at
(*) 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, firstname.lastname@example.org; Rio Tinto Alcan Prize
for Sustainability (IBLF): Leesa Muirhead, +44-7901-510-701,