Alcoa Brazil One of the Best Companies to Start a Career

May 16, 2012

NEW YORK–Alcoa (NYSE:AA) in Brazil was selected as one of the 30 best companies
to start a career, according to Você S/A magazine, Brazil’s
leading human resources publication. As a top company, Alcoa is included
as a “Business Champion” in Você’s annual career guide. The guide is
geared to young professionals just starting their careers to identify
which are the best companies to join.

Selection to the list involves completing a detailed survey on career
development, work-life balance and other aspects of human resources.
This step was followed by interviews with randomly selected employees to
assess their satisfaction with the company. Alcoa received high marks in
several categories including professional growth, career and
recognition, quality of life, working significance and identify with
corporate values and objectives.

“This award is significant because it recognizes our efforts to attract,
develop and retain talented employees,” said Michael Barriere, Alcoa
Vice President Human Resources. “We encourage our employees to develop
and contribute to their full potential. Alcoa exists today because of
the talent of 22-year-old Charles Martin Hall, who developed the
aluminum making process, which is still used today.”

This is the first year Alcoa participated in the survey.

About Alcoa Brazil

Alcoa Alumínio S.A. is a subsidiary of Alcoa Inc. Alcoa has been in
Latin America and the Caribbean since the late 1950s and has some 7,000
employees in the region, with operations in Brazil, Jamaica and Surinam.
In Brazil the company in an integrated producer of aluminum with
operations ranging from bauxite mining to production of finished
products. Alcoa has six production units and three offices in the states
of Maranhão, Minas Gerais, Pará, Pernambuco, Santa Catarina, São Paulo
and the Federal District. The company also has shareholdings in four
hydroelectric power stations: Machadinho and Barra Grande on the border
of the states of Santa Catarina and Rio Grande do Sul; Serra do Facão in
Goiás; and Estreito, between Maranhão and Tocantins. In 2011 Alcoa
recorded revenues of US$2 billion in Brazil. In the same year the
Company was considered a benchmark in social responsibility and was one
of the 21 model companies in the Guia Exame de Sustentabilidade [Exame
magazine’s Sustainability Guide]. Further information can be found at

About Alcoa

Alcoa is the world’s leading producer of primary aluminum, fabricated
aluminum and alumina. In addition to inventing the modern-day aluminum
industry, Alcoa innovation has been behind major milestones in the
aerospace, automotive, packaging, building and construction, commercial
transportation, consumer electronics and industrial markets over the
past 120 years. Among the solutions Alcoa markets are flat-rolled
products, hard alloy extrusions, and forgings, as well as Alcoa® wheels,
fastening systems, precision and investment castings, and building
systems in addition to its expertise in other light metals such as
titanium and nickel-based super alloys. Sustainability is an integral
part of Alcoa’s operating practices and the product design and
engineering it provides to customers. Alcoa has been a member of the Dow
Jones Sustainability Index for ten consecutive years and approximately
75 percent of all of the aluminum ever produced since 1888 is still in
active use today. Alcoa employs approximately 61,000 people in 31
countries across the world. More information can be found at