WBCSD Chairman Travis Engen wins this year’s SAM/SPG Sustainability Leadership Award

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The 6th annual SAM/SPG Sustainable Leadership Award, acknowledging personal excellence in implementing the principles of sustainability in the corporate sector has been awarded to WBCSD Chairman and retired Alcan President CEO Travis Engen.

An international jury of sustainability experts chose Travis Engen for his many years as successful CEO of the Canadian Aluminum producer. Jeremy Leggett, founder of solarcentury, a leading British company in the field of solar electric solutions received the Pioneer Award.

Alcan employs some 65,000 people in 60 countries worldwide. During Mr. Engen’s tenure from 2001 to 2006, Alcan’s revenues grew from USD 9 billion to USD 20.3 billion and it became the world’s second largest producer of primary aluminum. At the same time he led Alcan to become a leader among companies dedicated to the principles of sustainable development.

Alcan was selected as a member of the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index for the fourth time in five years and named leader in its sector. Alcan’s commitment to sustainability is translating into concrete actions throughout the company. The sharp reduction in Alcan’s greenhouse gas emissions and the comprehensive guidelines for suppliers in the realm of environmental and social standards are just two positive examples of Alcan’s ongoing commitment to sustainability.

Previous winners include Lars Rebien Sorense, Chairman and CEO Novo Nordisk; Bob Welsh, CEO, VicSuper; Antony Burgmans, Chairman, Unilever; N.V. Robin Cornelius, CEO, Switcher SA; Tessa Tennant, Founder, Association for Sustainable and Responsible Investment in Asia; Michael Otto, Chairman, Otto; and Ray C. Anderson, CEO, Interface Inc.

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