February 7, 2005

Entries invited for second Alcan sustainability prize

Alcan and the International Business Leaders Forum (IBLF) have issued a call for entries for the second $1-million (U.S.) Alcan Prize for Sustainability. Entries must be received by midnight March 31, 2005 (GMT).

The Alcan Prize is open to not-for-profit, non-governmental, and civil society organizations working to progress and advance the goals of economic, environmental, and social sustainability. Alcan created the Prize to recognize the not-for-profit sector for its contributions to global sustainability and to reinforce the belief that all sectors of society must work together to achieve sustainable development.

To ensure the objectivity of the Prize, Alcan aligned itself with the IBLF, which manages the application and selection process. Alcan does not have a voice on the assessment or adjudication panels. In reviewing the 488 submissions received from 79 countries in 2004, the IBLF co-ordinated regional assessment panels in the U.K., Poland, the Philippines and Canada.

In December 2004, the Forest Stewardship Council was named the inaugural winner of the Alcan Prize for Sustainability. In addition, the adjudication panel short-listed six candidates as recipients of grants worth $15,000 (U.S.) each to allow a suitably qualified senior staff member to participate in the one-year, part-time postgraduate certificate in Cross-Sector Partnership accredited by the University of Cambridge.

"In just one year, this Prize has shown everyone involved the remarkable breadth and diversity of efforts to promote and implement sustainable management of economies, the environment, and social development under way all over the world," said Alcan president and CEOTravis Engen. "In introducing the Prize," he continued, "we believed it would draw attention to sustainability practices and build relationships between the NGO and business sectors. Today, we are completely convinced that it will yield returns in cross sector understanding and co-operation that far exceed our initial expectations."

Information on eligibility criteria and entry procedures for the 2005 Alcan Prize is available at www.alcanprizeforsustainability.com.

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