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"On the 15th of November 2007, Rio Tinto Canada Holding, an indirect owned subsidiary of Rio Tinto – one of the biggest mining corporation in the world – acquired all of the common shares of Alcan world leading producer of aluminium. This makes now the new Rio Tinto Alcan the biggest producer of aluminium in the world." [1]

"In 1902, Alcan was synonymous with aluminum production. Today, it offers much more. Alcan has evolved into one of the globe’s leading suppliers of bauxite, alumina and aluminum, and a top-ranked provider of engineered and packaging materials, delivering increased productivity, competitiveness and profitability to customers around the world...

"Today, Alcan has some 68,000 employees, including its joint ventures, in 61 countries and regions. With its head office in Montreal, Canada, Alcan is a public company traded on the Toronto, New York, London, Paris and Swiss stock exchanges with 2006 revenues of $23.6 billion." [2]

Alcan Prize for Sustainability

" Alcan and the International Business Leaders Forum (IBLF) are pleased to announce that the winner of the 2006 US$1 million Alcan Prize for Sustainability is India’s Barefoot College. The Alcan Prize annually recognizes NGOs, not-for-profit, and civil society organizations working to build sustainable societies around the world. The Alcan Prize is managed independently by the IBLF." [4]

The shortlist for the 2007 award was announced in September 2007, and consisted of: [5]


Accessed June 2009: [6]



Resources and articles

Related Sourcewatch


  1. War Profiteer of the Month: Rio Tinto Alcan, accessed June 2, 2009.
  2. About Alcan, Alcan, accessed October 4, 2007.
  3. Travis Engen, EK, accessed October 7, 2007.
  4. 2006 Alcan Prize for Sustainability Awarded to India’s Barefoot College, Alcan, accessed October 4, 2007.
  5. US$1 Million Alcan Prize for Sustainability 2007 Shortlist Announced, Alcan, accessed October 7, 2007.
  6. Directors, Alcan, accessed June 1, 2009.