Vale employee smiling in green landscape. She is wearing a green Vale
uniform, goggles, helmet and ear plugs. Visual wave artifact Vale
A hand molding a ceramic vase.
Photographer: Ricardo Teles
An indigenous person with his body painted black and red. He holds a piece of a tree trunk on his shoulders.
Photographer: Willian Abreu

Vale's activities and the mining industry in general involve social impacts on several fronts.

Therefore, we invest in actions that produce a positive legacy and enhance opportunities in the places where we operate. We believe that building a relationship of quality and trust with communities is done through partnership and dialogue, and therefore, we carry out actions and projects that contribute to the sociocultural appreciation and economic development of the territories.

Human Rights 

For all its extension and complexity, Vale's operations demand numerous challenges in the area of ​​Human Rights.

Acting in the most remote areas of the country, presents a reality of social public policies not always fully present. Strong action and an intersectoral approach are needed to enable complex and systemic problems to be tackled. That's why the company is committed to the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights and to alignment with international principles and standards. 
A boy in a classroom paints a sheet using crayons. He wears braces on his teeth and green and yellow uniform. A boy in a classroom paints a sheet using crayons. He wears braces on his teeth and green and yellow uniform. Photographer: Márcia Foletto

Relationship with communities 

Our operating model is based on the management of risks and impacts on communities, promoting a positive social legacy and territorial development, through the empowerment of the communities in which we operate. 

Learn more about our relationship with communities 

An old man and an old woman are standing in a grass place, where it is possible to see a train in the background He wears jeans, a white T-shirt, and a red plaid shirt, as well as glasses and a cap. She wears a black skirt and a red blouse. Both are wearing slippers.

Photographer: Ricardo Teles

Our People 

More than 185,000 people work directly or indirectly in Vale's businesses.

Taking care of our people is our primary commitment, acting to eliminate accidents, support the development of competences, promote an environment open to dialogue and maintain remuneration compatible with the complexity of each role. 
Two Vale employees, a man and a young man, look at each other and smile. The young man has put one hand on the old man's shoulder and gestures with the other. Both are wearing green uniform shirts.

Photographer: Cristiano Xavier

Health and Safety 

Life Matters Most.

The motto guides all our actions and operations from the beginning to the end of a working day. It bases the application of techniques for the full identification of hazards and risk assessment, combined with an assertive management of its barriers, both preventive and mitigating. 
Two Vale employees on a sand floor. They are wearing orange vests and helmets. One points to the horizon and the other looks in the same direction.

Photographer: Ricardo Teles

Indigenous Peoples and Traditional Communities 

To mine, you have to respect. Therefore, we work with a focus on constructive, mutually beneficial relationships, based on respect for cultural diversity and the rights of Indigenous Peoples and Traditional Communities that live in or use these territories for their traditional practices. 
Two indigenous children smile side by side for a photo. Both have their faces painted red.

Photographer: Willian Abreu

Social Investment 

As part of our commitment to social development, we have made several socio-economic investments in the territories where we operate.

In addition, we invest in initiatives that contribute to the development of society as a whole.  
A woman, wearing a mask and glasses, holds a book towards a girl who pays attention to the figure drawn on the page. In the background, there is a bookcase with other books.

Photographer: Diego Cardoso