January 2005

Alcan to help Habitat for Humanity build homes through Canadian aluminum recycling initiative

Montreal— Alcan Inc. announced a major initiative to promote the recycling of aluminum cans in support of Habitat for Humanity affiliates across Canada.

“We are proud to expand our relationship with the Habitat for Humanity family through a program that underlines the value of our product as a sustainable material,” said Travis Engen, president and chief executive officer of Alcan Inc. “We believe our actions, both inside and outside our operations, speak much louder than words when it comes to communicating our commitment to sustainability. This program allows Alcan to return a large and direct benefit to Habitat for Humanity’s goal of providing decent, affordable housing to families in need,” he added.

The “Alcan Builds on Recycling” program will provide two levels of recycling incentives for Habitat for Humanity affiliates. The first level will see Alcan match, up to an annual total of CAD$2,500, monies raised by affiliates through the recycling of aluminum beverage cans. The second level will provide direct funding for the construction of new homes to the two top-recycling affiliates in Canada, based on total cans collected and total cans per capita in a given geographic area. The program will result in the construction of two new Habitat for Humanity homes in Canada each year and annual checks for up to CAD$2,500 from Alcan to each participating affiliate, to add to their home-building budgets.

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