In Brazil, the work environment is the place where women experience the most harassment, according to 2021 data.
It’s important to know that we can always help!
Any type of harassment is an experience that generates negative impacts on victims, regardless of the situation in which it occurs, including the work environment. Often, these people don’t know how to deal with this problem, so it is important to know how to REACT when suffering or witnessing sexual harassment.
Access our training course and find out how to react if you witness or suffer sexual harassment in the workplace (in Portuguese only).
People have already done our REAGIR training
Vale repudiates all forms of violence, intimidation and discrimination, as established in our Code of Conduct.
On this page we provide information on how to combat harassment and thereby help make our workplaces and society healthier.
Fighting harassment at Vale
Fotógrafo: Ricardo Teles
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The first step in the fight against harassment is to know about your rights as a citizen.
Did you know?
The latest figures show how much the law on unwanted sexual advances was needed. In Brazil, in 2021 alone, 7,143 cases were recorded.
Types of harassment
Harassment in the workplace can manifest itself in many different ways.
SKnowing how to identify different types of harassment is essential in order for victims or witnesses to put an end to the situation. Therefore, learn about the main characteristics of general, sexual and online harassment in the world of work and, if you see any sign, report it!
How to identify harassment?
Now that you’ve done this training course, see if you know how to identify the situations below. Take our quiz!
Harassment – key number
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Whistleblowing is the best way
Reporting is crucial to prevent harassment situations from occurring in the workplace. In 2020, the Labor Prosecutors’ Office received approximately 5,000 complaints of general harassment and around 300 complaints of sexual harassment across the country.
Many victims remain silent out of fear of retaliation or impunity, but this is the only possible way to put an end to the situation. If you are a victim of harassment, seek support from a trusted person and be sure to record your complaint. There are several safe channels to file a complaint. Check out some of them:
Vale Whistleblower Channel
Report situations occurring within Vale with guaranteed confidentiality.
Brazilian Labor Prosecutors’ Office
Report the case to the Office's website.
Fotógrafo: Ricardo Teles
Break the cycle
Everyone can be an ally in the fight against harassment
Each of us can play an active role in the process of tackling this violence. Sometimes we can share our own stories and give victims inspiration. In other situations, we can scold a colleague who makes offensive and inappropriate jokes.
Tell your story so others know they are not alone. Offer support. Join this movement and let’s show together how we can break this cycle!