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Vale informs the update of the Vale Group Business and Entity Management Policy and the disclosure of the new Authority Policy

01/05/2023

As approved at Vale's last board meeting held on 12/22/2022, we disclosed the updated Vale Group Business and Entity Management Policy. On the same date, we approved the new Authority Policy, and it became a Policy of public use. This change reflects the creation of the Drafting and Publication of Policies. And it brings an unfolding of the latest changes of the Bylaws, establishing the limits of jurisdiction that are the responsibility of the Board of Directors and by exclusion those who are delegated to the Executive Committee.

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Control and Management of Dams

B3/B4 dam is removed from critical safety condition

12/02/2022

Vale S.A. (“Vale”) informs that the B3/B4 dam, located in Nova Lima (MG), was removed from critical safety condition as the emergency level was lowered from 3 to 2.

The progress of the dam de-characterization, with the removal of more than 50% of the tailings, improved the stability conditions of the structure and made it possible to lower the emergency level. 

The Self-Rescue Zone (ZAS) of the structure on emergency level 2 will remain evacuated and access to the ZAS area will follow legislation and regulatory bodies review. The de-characterization of the dam will continue to be carried out by remotely operated equipment and is expected to be concluded in 2025. Vale expects to lower the emergency level to 1 by the end of 2023.

Eliminating upstream structures in Brazil is one of Vale's key commitments. By 2022, 12 structures were eliminated, representing 40% of Vale's de-characterization program. 

B3/B4 dam reduction level is an important milestone for Vale and is in lline with the expectation of no dams in critical safety condition (level 3 of emergency) by 2025.
 

For more information, access Control and Management of Dams

Control and Management of Dams

Porteirinha has its emergency level 1 removed

Control and Management of Dams

Sul Inferior has its emergency level 1 removed

Control and Management of Dams

Four Vale's dams in Minas Gerais have their emergency levels removed and receive a positive declaration of stability.

10/05/2022


​The B5/MAC (Nova Lima), Marés II (Belo Vale), Santana (Itabira), and Paracatu (Catas Altas) dams, all in Minas Gerais, had their emergency level removed and obtained a positive declaration of stability (DCE), attesting the safety of the structures. 

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De-characterization Program

Vale eliminates three more upstream structures and completes 40% of its Decharacterization Program

Control and Management of Dams

Capitão do Mato had its emergency level reduced

Control and Management of Dams

Borrachudo II Dam has its emergency level 1 removed

Integrated Report

Vale publishes its Integrated Report 2021

Control and Management of Dams

Vale updates on Stability Condition Declarations

04/01/2022

​In view of the biannual submission of Stability Condition Declarations (“DCEs”) to the National Mining Agency (“ANM”), on March 31, 2022, Vale informs that a dam (Porteirinha) has been added to the list of structures with negative DCE. Thus, there are currently 30 dams without DCE and with active emergency level protocols, reflecting the greater scrutiny and rigor adopted in the risk management program associated with dams, through continuous monitoring via EoR (Engineer of Record). Also in line with the evolution of governance and management processes, a review was made of the number of dams included in the National Dam Safety Policy (“PNSB”). The updates refer to the following structures:

  1. Porteirinha Dam, located at the Água Limpa mine, in the municipality of Santa Bárbara/MG, intended for sediment containment, located at the Água Limpa mine, in the municipality of Santa Bárbara/MG, which had a negative DCE emission, within the process of continuous performance evaluation carried out by the respective EoR from the review of new information obtained with new drilling and testing data. In this sense, the level 1 emergency protocol was activated, according to the Emergency Action Plan for Mining Dams, without the need to evacuate the Self-Rescue Zone downstream of the structure and without material impact on the company's operations. It is a small-sized, conventional earth dam, with about 2.4 million cubic meters of accumulated sediment volume. Vale will establish complementary studies and implement additional security measures for the structure, in line with its conservative approach to risk management.

  2. Pondes de Rejeitos, in the municipality of Parauapebas/PA, was permanently excluded from the PNSB due to its de-characterization.

  3. Dique 02 and Dique 06, located in Barão de Cocais/MG and São Félix do Xingu/PA, previously reported within the scope of the PNSB, had this reporting removed due to a review of the regulatory understanding.

  4. Bacia 05 Pé de Serra, Captação de Água, Lagoa Azul and Natividade, located in the municipalities of Corumbá/MS, Parauapebas/PA, Brumadinho/MG and Ouro Preto/MG, respectively, with previous reporting as mining structures included in the PNSB, were removed from such framework in the condition of structures for water catchment, non-related to the mining activity.

In this context, the total number of Vale's mining structures included in the PNSB decreases from 110 to 103. The company reiterates that its priorities are the safety of people and communities downstream of its operations and the safety of all its structures. For more information on the management and performance of Vale's dams, visit the pages dedicated to the themes on the company's ESG Portal.

Vale's Statement on the Bill 191/2020

03/22/2022

​Vale considers that the Bill 191/2020 does not meet the objective of regulating the constitutional provision that includes the possibility of economic activities, including mining, on indigenous lands in Brazil.

Vale's performance is guided by the respect for the rights of indigenous peoples and the company understands that mining on indigenous lands may only take place with the Free, Prior and Informed Consent (FPIC) of the indigenous themselves and in light of a regulatory framework that contemplates the participation and autonomy of indigenous peoples. The recognition of FPIC is essential to meet the rights of indigenous populations to determine their own development and the right to exercise self-determination in face of decisions that concern their territories.

Vale also reinforces that it does not have any mining rights nor does it carry out any research or mining activities on indigenous land in Brazil. Last year, the company announced the relinquishment of all its mining processes on indigenous lands in the country, which includes research and mining requirements. Withdrawal requests were filed with the National Mining Agency (ANM) throughout 2021.

Vale develops activities in traditional lands in countries where there are regulations in force, such as Voisey's Bay in Canada, always with strict observance of the principles mentioned above, with emphasis on Free, Prior and Informed Consent (FPIC), as legally applied in the jurisdictions in which Vale has mining activities

Indigenous Peoples and Traditional Community

Vale updates statement on Articulation of the Indigenous Peoples (Apib) and Amazon Watch report

02/23/2022

​Vale reiterates that the company has no mineral rights on Indigenous Lands in Brazil. In 2021, Vale relinquished all its mining rights on Indigenous Lands in Brazil, which includes all applications for exploration permits and mining concessions.

Vale's relinquishment is based on the understanding that mining on Indigenous Lands may only take place with the Free, Prior and Informed Consent (FPIC) from the Indigenous people themselves and based on a legal framework that adequately regulates the activity.

The relinquishment notices were filed throughout that year with the National Mining Agency (ANM, the authority for the matter in Brazil). Eventual updates in this regard in the entity's records, particularly in the updating of active applications, follow the ANM's own protocol. In this sense, Vale states that there are no 75 active applications without the corresponding communication of relinquishment of the company for exploration permits and mining concessions in polygons interfering with indigenous lands.

The company also clarifies that it maintains requests and titles for exploration permits and mining concessions in areas neighboring indigenous lands, without any intersection with demarcated areas in the country, in strict compliance with the legislation in force in Brazil, maintaining a respectful relationship with the indigenous peoples.

Vale restates that the allegations regarding the contamination of Cateté River are unfounded, based on expert reports issued by legal experts from different scientific areas, which attest that there is no causality between the Onça Puma mining operation and the alleged contamination. 

Vale's ambition is to be a partner in the development of resilient communities, engaged in relevant issues for humanity and committed to sustainable mining. For this purpose, the company has established three social commitments as part of its 2030 Agenda, which include contribute to all indigenous communities neighboring our operations in the preparation and execution of their plans to pursue the rights foreseen in the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP).

Finally, Vale also reinforces that it is available to clarify all points with Articulation of Indigenous Peoples of Brazil (Apib) and Amazon Watch.

Control and Management of Dams

Vale informs on Dique de Pedra

02/22/2022

Due to the entry into force of Resolution 95/2022 of the National Mining Agency (ANM), which establishes new parameters for classifying emergency levels, Vale informs that today it has increased the emergency level of Dique de Pedra, Fábrica mine, in Ouro Preto (MG), to 2 from 1. Vale emphasizes that the safety conditions of the structure remain unchanged. There is no permanent occupation of the structure's Self-Rescue Zone, nor any impact on the company's operations.Dique de Pedra is an inactive tailings containment structure, built in a single stage, with a current volume of 500,000 cubic meters. 

The structure was conceived as a temporary structure, associated with the Forquilha IV dam, but started to be treated as an independent dam in relation to the existing dam downstream after a precision topographic survey. Given the lack of geotechnical information about the structure and its conception as a temporary structure, a conservative scenario was preventively adopted in September 2021, with the activation of a level 1 emergency protocol and the adoption of additional studies by Vale since then, in addition to continuous monitoring.

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Indigenous Peoples and Traditional Community

Statement on the Articulation of Indigenous Peoples of Brazil (Apib) and Amazon Watch report

02/22/2022

​Regarding the report released today by Articulation of Indigenous Peoples of Brazil (Apib) and Amazon Watch, as already widely reported, Vale does not have any mineral right on indigenous land in Brazil. Last year, the company announced the relinquishment of all its mining rights in Indigenous Land in Brazil (which includes applications for exploration permits and mining concessions). The relinquishment requests were filed with the National Mining Agency (ANM) throughout 2021. This decision is based on the understanding that mining in Indigenous Land can only be carried out with the Free, Prior and Informed Consent (FPIC) of the indigenous themselves and legislation that allows and adequately regulates the activity.
The allegations about the contamination of the Cateté River are also unfounded, which has already been corroborated in expert reports prepared by judicial experts in several scientific areas, which prove that there is no causality between the Onça Puma mining operation and the alleged contamination. See more details here.
Vale also reinforces that it is available to clarify all points with Articulation of Indigenous Peoples of Brazil (Apib) and Amazon Watch.
 

Climate Change

Positioning on the Climate Corporate Responsibility Monitor report study

02/07/2022

​Vale thanks the New Climate Institute and Carbon Market Watch for publishing the Climate Corporate Responsibility Monitor report, which analyzes the climate change strategies of 25 large global corporations, and keeps the topic under discussion. 

Vale believes, however, that, for a future edition of the study, the authors could complement their analyses with qualification of the sectoral challenges of which the companies evaluated are part. Mining and steel are admittedly hard-to-abate sectors, whose decarbonization trajectory is marked by a high degree of uncertainty in technological routes and high decarbonization costs.

Vale's decarbonization strategy is public and based on a global policy. Vale's annual climate change performance is evaluated by specialized institutions such as Sustainalytics, Climate Action 100+, RFC Ambrian, among others. The company even received an A-rating, above the average for the mining sector, in the assessment of CDP - an international non-profit organization that brings together 13,000 companies in 90 countries and represents more than 590 investors with assets from order of USD 110 trillion.

Vale has a historic commitment to fighting climate change and for almost 20 years has voluntarily published its emissions inventory and advances in the climate change agenda. In 2019, Vale updated its emission reduction commitments, based on the requirements of the Science Based Targets Initiative (SBTi), formally submitting them to the institution's validation. The company's net zero goal, which encompasses scopes 1 and 2, is technically in line with SBTi guidelines and only assumes emission reduction initiatives – it does not consider offsetting.

The company was one of the first to establish a quantitative scope 3 emission reduction target, also based on the SBTi requirements, with the only difference of allowing marginal use of offsets for the scope 3 target due to the high emission reduction challenge in steel customers.

Vale has robust internal governance that supports the cultural and technological transformation required for the decarbonization of mining and its value chain, notably the steel industry. Last year, the company launched a new product on the market, the green briquette, which has the potential to reduce emissions by up to 10% in steel mills. To date, Vale has entered into partnerships to develop decarbonization solutions with customers that represent approximately 30% of the world's steel production and about 40% of the company's scope 3 carbon emissions. 

The use of Nature-Based Solutions to offset any possible residual emissions that cannot be abated through technological solutions is conditioned to advances in discussions on the implementation of a global carbon market, with predictable and reliable rules, based on discussions already started with the regulation of Article 6 of the Paris Agreement, during COP 26, in Glasgow. As explained at COP-26, however, Vale believes in the potential of Nature-Based Solutions to mitigate global warming.  Currently, the company helps to protect almost 1 million hectares of forests in the world, an area 11 times larger than that occupied by its operations, thus contributing to the protection of native fauna and flora species, mainly endemic and threatened with extinction.  In 2019, the company also announced a voluntary commitment to protect and restore an additional 500,000 hectares of forests by 2030. In two years, 6,000 hectares have already been recovered and partnerships have been signed to protect 115,000 hectares of forests in Brazil. 

Vale's purpose is to improve life and transform the future. Together.

Control and Management of Dams

Elefante has its emercengy level 1 removed

Vale informs on the Area IX dam

01/13/2022

​Based on a proactive and precautionary approach by its tailings and dams management system, Vale informs that it has temporarily upgraded to level 2 the emergency protocol of the Área IX dam, located at the Fábrica mine, in the municipality of Ouro Preto, MG. This measure became necessary after piezometric changes in the structure’s right abutment, associated with the heavy rains that hit the region, a situation that demands studies and corrective actions, already initiated by the company.

The Area IX dam is inactive and is included in Vale's Upstream Dam Decharacterization Program. Its current volume is about 640 thousand cubic meters. The structure had been under a level 1 emergency protocol since June 2020, which was started on a preventive basis, with studies to detail its characteristics and safety conditions. Vale informs that there is no permanent presence of people and no additional evacuation is necessary. The measure started today has no impact on the company’s production.


The structure’s current condition was reported to the authorities and to the audit of the Public Prosecutors’ Office of the State of Minas Gerais and continue to be monitored by Vale's specialized teams and by the respective Engineer of Record. Vale maintains the continuous management and monitoring of its dams and geotechnical structures.
 

Vale informs on the Elephant dike

01/13/2022


​Vale informs that it has initiated the level 1 emergency protocol of the Elefante dike, located at the Água Limpa mine, in the municipality of Rio Piracicaba, MG. This measure became necessary after erosion on the structure’s right abutment, associated with the heavy rains that hit the region, a situation that demands corrective actions, already initiated by the company. The Elefante dike serves to contain sediments and is being decharacterized. Its construction was carried out using the single-step method and its current sediment volume is around 200 thousand cubic meters.


Vale emphasizes that the Elefante dike’s overall stability was not compromised and that there is no permanent presence of people in the corresponding Self-Rescue Zone. There are also no impacts on the company's production. The anomaly was reported to the authorities and to the audit of the Public Prosecutors’ Office of the State of Minas Gerais and continue to be monitored by Vale's specialized teams and by the respective Engineer of Record. Vale maintains the continuous management and monitoring of its dams and geotechnical structures.
 

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Control and Management of Dams

Marés I dam had its emergency level 1 removed

Control and Management of Dams

Forquilha IV Dam (Ouro Preto) has the emergency level removed and Norte Laranjeiras (Barão de Cocais) has reduction in the level

11/30/2021

Vale informs Forquilha IV Dam, from Mina Fábrica, in Ouro Preto (MG), has it emergency level 1 finished, on this Tuesday (30). In Barão de Cocais, the Norte Laranjeiras dam has it emergency level reduced from 2 to 1. The changes attest the safety increase and the structures stability and reinforce Vale’s commitment to the safety of the people that live close to the sites.

Forquilha IV dam underwent several improvements this year, such as adaptation of accesses, erosion correction and vegetation pruning. The actions were done using unmanned equipment, as the access to the dam is restricted, according to Labor Public Ministry (MPT) requirement. The structure has positive DCE.

Norte Laranjeiras dam also received a serie of actions and investigations in the last months and, based on the positioning of the Engineer of Record (EoR), company designers and technical staff, was concluded that the anomalia (crack) that preventively resulted in the increase to level 2 of the structure, in November 2020, does not affect the overall stability of the structure. Monitoring, safety controls and constant inspections at the dam reinforce this understanding.

The removal of the emergency level of the Forquilha IV dam and the reduction of the emergency level of Norte Laranjeiras were duly informed to competent authorities, according to guidelines established in the Emergency Action Plan for Mining Dams (PAEBM) and in Brazilian legislation, including the Brazilian National Mining Agency (ANM) and the technical audit of the Minas Gerais Public Prosecutor's Office (MPMG).

Forquilhas IV and Norte Laranjeiras dams, as all the other structures of the company, are monitored permanently by the Geotechnical Monitoring Center (CMG) and receive regular inspections from internal and external staff. Vale continues committed to meeting the best international engineering practices, always focusing on the security of the workers and the community close to the structures.

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De-characterization plan

Vale concludes the elimination of the seventh upstream dam

11/29/2021

​Conclusion of the works on dike 5, in Itabira (MG), represents an advance in the company’s commitment to eliminate every upstream dams it has in the country.

The decharacterization works in dike 5 of Pontal dam, in Itabira (MG), are concluded. The structure lost its upstream characteristics and does not store tailings anymore. The work was done with the adoption of rigorous Covid-19 prevention protocols. 


Since 2019, Vale already eliminated seven upstream dams in the country. The most recent, in July, was Fernandinho dam, in Nova Lima, in Belo Horizonte Metropolitan Region. In total, four structures in Minas Gerais e three in Pará were already decharacterizated and reintegrated in the environment.


Other 23 structures, all of them in Minas Gerais, will have their upstream characteristics eliminated. The projects are in action and are monitored by the regulators, Ministério Público and independent technical audits. Vale reinforces its commitment of eliminate all the upstream dams in the country, assumed in 2019, in the lower term possible, prioritizing people’s and environment’s safety.



The work conclusion of dike 5 represents an advance in the Decharacterization Program and in Vale’s commitment with a more transparent and safe management of its dams. The Decharacterization Program schedule and other information about the management of Vale’s dams are available and are regularly updated at www.vale.com/esg.

 

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Atmospheric Emissions

Vale discloses targets for SOx, NOx and Particulate Matter reduction

Our People

Vale publishes the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Report

10/27/2021

​The Diversity, Equity and Inclusion report aims to increase transparency about how we are performing, objectively presenting our advances, challenges and opportunities in this long journey.
 

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Climate Change

Vale publishes the first report on climate changes in line with the recommendations of the Task Force on Climate Related Financial Disclosures

10/26/2021

Vale released its first report on climate changes, an initiative that reinforces the strategic importance of the subject to the company. The purpose of the document, which will be published annually, is to map the exposure of Vale's assets to climate change risks, in line with the guidelines of the Task Force on Climate-Related Financial Disclosures (TFCD) and present the resilience of the company's business strategy before climate change scenarios.
 

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Vale reaffirms its commitment with the UN Global Compact Principles

09/24/2021

The rupture of the tailings dam at Córrego do Feijão in Brumadinho, Minas Gerais State, led Vale to review its governance, health and safety management, operational excellence management, including taillings, operational and business risk assessment, remediation processes as well as its Human Rights governance and management, among others.

Vale is determined to fully repair and compensate for the Human Rights impacts and damage caused by the Brumadinho tragedy. By the end of 2Q21, Vale has been intensely engaging with affected people, communities, and other stakeholders and has allocated over US$ 3.5 billion to pay for compensation to impacted people, infrastructure works and environmental and socioeconomic reparation actions. In February 2021, Vale entered into a BRL 37.7 billion Global Agreement, which includes reparation and compensatory projects, with the State of Minas Gerais, the Public Defender’s Office of the State of Minas Gerais and the Federal and State of Minas Gerais Public Ministries. This Agreement brings greater transparency, legitimacy and legal certainty to those involved. Vale will remain committed to individual indemnity agreements, which already reached 10,500 people by 2Q21.

1. Improvements in Governance towards Safety and Operational Excellence

In the aftermath of the Brumadinho dam rupture, Vale’s leadership carried out a series of measures to further strengthen the risk management governance. In 2020, the company’s governance was further refined to ensure a conservative approach on risk management:

  • New Risk Management Policy has been defined and approved by the Board, establishing, among other measures, five Executive Risk Committees.
  • Installation of the Statutory Audit Committee, in compliance with the recommendations of regulatory bodies. Creation of the Compliance Office overseeing corporate integrity and ensuring compliance with laws, regulations, policies, and procedures.
  • The Compliance and Risk Committee evolved into the Operational Excellence and Risk Committee, strengthening its competence to assess corporate risk management, absorbing the duties associated with monitoring operational risks, especially geotechnical ones. The attributions related to compliance were transferred to the Statutory Audit Committee.

2. Improved Risk Management framework

Vale has improved its integrated Risk Management Governance flow which represents how periodic reviews are performed to ensure alignment between strategic decisions, performance, definition and monitoring of risk tolerance limits approved by the Company's Board of Directors, upon recommendation of the Executive Board.

3. Upstream Dam Decharacterization Program

One of the main initiatives to reduce the company's risk level is the decharacterization1 of all of our 30 upstream2 geotechnical structures in Brazil, including dams, dikes and drained piles - Vale’s Upstream Dam Decharacterization Program. Out of those 30, Vale completed the decharacterization of 6 upstream structures and by the end of 2021, the decharacterization of a dyke and the reinforcement of another dyke are planned.

The decharacterization process is important for the long-term risk reduction of the upstream tailings facilities. Works have been conducted with a precautionary approach, and the program’s completion is expected to occur in 2029. In that sense, downstream zones of the critical dams have been evacuated and three downstream containment structures (ECJ) to contain the tailings in a hypothetical scenario of dam rupture have been built. Further information on our Upstream Dam Decharacterization Program is available here.

1 ‘‘Decharacterization’’ means functionally reintegrating the structure and its contents into the environment, so that the structure no longer serves its primary purpose of acting as a tailings containment.

2 The upstream raising method is the same method of construction as the Brumadinho dam.

 

4. Tailings Dam Safety Management

Vale is focused on the evolution of its Tailings & Dams Management System ("TDMS") and has been closely monitoring its active and inactive dams. Vale’s Board of Directors approved, in October 2020, a new Policy for Dam Safety and Geotechnical Mining Structure. Among other guidelines, the policy enforces that all components of Vale’s TDMS are designed with continuous improvement elements, using and applying the best available technology and international best practices, including the International Council on Mining and Metals (ICMM) and the Global Industry Standard on Tailings Management ("GISTM") – an effort to improve safety through all phases of the tailings storage facilities lifecycle. All tailings facilities with “Extreme” or “Very high” potential consequences must be in conformance with the GISTM by August 2023. In addition, all other tailings facilities operated by Vale not in a state of safe closure will be in conformance with the GISTM by August 2025.

An important precautionary measure is the reduction of reliance on tailings dams in our productive processes. We have been developing alternatives to tailings dams and, with the continuous investments in dry staking tailings disposal.

5. Cultural Transformation

In order to turn Vale into one of the safest and most reliable mining companies in the world and to promote the full reparation of Brumadinho, Vale is committed to transforming its culture.

The main behaviors for the organization were defined, based on the Company’s core values: (i) obsession with safety and risk management; (ii) open and transparent dialogue; (iii) empowerment with accountability; (iv) responsibility for the whole; (v) active listening and engagement with society. All this having People in the center.

In a process of voluntary and creative co-construction, 40 leaders rescued our history and essence to create Vale’s purpose: “We exist to improve life and transform the future. Together”. The purpose drives actions and intentions and is supported by four pillars: (i) serving society, sharing value for all; (ii) doing together; (iii) using Vale’s mobilizing capacity to do something extraordinary; and (iv) transforming the future, taking care of the present.

Vale and the UN Global Compact

As described above, we are adopting and developing best practices to improve our business, with great care, while transforming our culture and initiating and accelerating critical ESG initiatives. And part of this agenda is Vale’s commitment to the UN Global Compact. The 10 Principles are a key guidance and compliance mechanism for the company and Vale remains committed to them, despite having left the initiative following the rupture of Dam I at the Córrego do Feijão mine, in Brumadinho. The company has been working diligently and is fully committed with the continuous implementation of all Global Compact principles.

Control and Management of Dams

Update of Stability Condition Declarations - Dique 2, PDE 3, Dique de Pedra and Forquilhas IV

09/03/2021

​Within the continuous performance assessment process executed by the respective Engineers of Records (“EoR”), the small-sized geotechnical structures Dique 2, PDE 3 and Dique de Pedra were issued with a negative Stability Condition Declaration (“DCE”). This classification refers to the adoption of a more robust tailings and dam management system, jointly with a conservative approach. Additionally, the Forquilha IV dam had negative DCE replaced by positive DCE.

  • Dique 2: sediments storage facility, with a center-line heightening, located in the municipality of Barão de Cocais (MG), at the Gongo Soco mine, with a volume of 15.412 m³. Given the proximity of the Sul Superior dam and the need to complement information on the structure, a conservative approach was taken in issuing the DCE. No anomaly or any other situation that could potentially compromise the dike's safety was identified.
     
  • PDE 3 dike: sediments storage facility, built in single-step rockfill, located in the municipality of São Gonçalo do Rio Abaixo (MG), at the Brucutu mine, with a volume of 43.000 m³. During the “As Is” project preparation stage, new information on the geological-geotechnical conditions of the foundation was incorporated, which in turn requires additional information. From this reassessment, obtained so far in the “As Is” project, a safety factor slightly below the limit was identified for one of the sections. No anomaly or any other situation that implies a deterioration in the state of conservation was identified.
     
  • Dique de Pedra: auxiliary and temporary tailings storage facility, built in a single step, located in the municipality of Ouro Preto (MG), in the Fábrica mine, with a volume of 500,000 m³. The Dique de Pedra structure was recorded in the systems of the National Mining Agency ("ANM") and the State Foundation for the Environment ("FEAM") of Minas Gerais after a precision topographic survey, which changed its characterization. Despite having been conceived as a temporary structure associated with the Forquilha IV dam, the structure is now treated as an independent dam in relation to the existing dam downstream. Given the absence of geotechnical information on the structure and its conception as a temporary structure, a conservative scenario was preventively adopted, assuming that it does not meet the safety requirements.


Vale will establish complementary studies and additional safety measures for these structures, in line with its conservative approach to risk management. In this sense, the emergency protocol at level 1, which does not require the evacuation of the Self-Rescue Zones downstream of the structures, was activated for PDE 3 and Dique de Pedra structures, as per the respective Emergency Action Plans for Mining Dams ("PAEBM”).

The Forquilha IV dam received a positive DCE, due to the increase in its safety factors and the improvement of its conservation status, after having a negative DCE since October 2019. The tailings containment structure, built by the center-line method, is located in the municipality of Ouro Preto (MG), at the Fábrica mine. The improvement in its conditions results from the adoption of measures to resolve anomalies, carried out with unmanned equipment, including the correction of erosions on slopes and in the vicinity of the peripheral channel, correction and adequacy of access to the left abutment and desilting of the bottom drain. The removal of the level 1 emergency protocol, which is active for the structure today, will be evaluated in due course, considering that Forquilha IV is located downstream of emergency level 2 dams.

Vale now has 110 structures included in the National Dam Safety Policy (“PNSB”), of which 31 have negative DCEs, with 31 structures at some level of emergency. In the four cases above, the update does not have a material impact on Vale's operations. The company reiterates that its priority is the safety of people and communities downstream of its operations, as well as the safety of all its structures.
 

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De-characterization plan

Vale completes works of Fernandinho dam’s decharacterization and Fábrica’s containment structure

07/13/2021

​Vale SA ("Vale" or "Company) informs that it has completed the decharacterization works of the Fernandinho dam, located at Abóboras Mine, Vargem Grande Complex, in Nova Lima (MG). The company also informs that it has completed the construction of the downstream containment structure (“ECJ”) that serves the Forquilhas I, II, III, IV and Grupo dams and is located between the municipalities of Itabirito and Ouro Preto (MG), near the Fábrica Mine. The completion of both projects reflects Vale's progress in its commitment to best practices in the management of its dams.

Decharacterization of the Fernandinho dam 
With the completion of the decharacterization works, which will still be evaluated by the competent bodies, Fernandinho no longer has the characteristics of a dam, losing its function of tailings and water storage. In the decharacterization process, 558 thousand cubic meters of tailings were removed and a central drainage channel was built, with subsequent revegetation and reintegration of the area into the local environment. The activities had around 540 workers, mostly residing in the Nova Lima region. The work was executed with the strict adoption of Covid-19 prevention protocols. 
The Fernandinho dam was part of Vale's Dam Decharacterization Program, aimed at structures with upstream heightening, a method similar to that used in the collapsed dam in Brumadinho. The decharacterization of upstream dams is a commitment made by Vale and a legal obligation to increase the safety of communities and operations. Since 2019, six upstream structures have been completely decharacterized and reintegrated into the environment. 


Completion of Fábrica’s ECJ 
The containment structure downstream of Fábrica Mine, with works completed, has the capacity to retain the tailings of the Forquilhas I, II, III, IV and Grupo dams, located upstream of the Fábrica Mine, in a hypothetical scenario of simultaneous rupture. At 95 meters high and 330 meters long, the structure increases the safety of people living in nearby communities and protects the Secondary Safety Zones of the aforementioned dams, which include part of the municipalities of Itabirito, Raposos, Rio Acima and Nova Lima, in addition to three neighborhoods in Belo Horizonte.
The conclusion of the ECJ allows preparations for the decharacterization of the Forquilhas I, II, III and Grupo dams. Forquilha IV dam is at emergency level 1, Forquilhas I, II and Grupo are at level 2, and Forquilhas III is at level 3 of the Emergency Action Plan for Mining Dams (“PAEBM”). All structures have continuous instrumental monitoring, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, managed by Vale's Geotechnical Monitoring Center. Fábrica’s ECJ was built under the strictest national standards, the best engineering practices and technical references from international entities. Vale continues to assess, together with the technical auditor of the Public Prosecutor’s Office, the need for additional actions. 
The completion of the two works represents the advance of Vale’s Decharacterization Program and commitment to a more transparent and safer approach in the management of the company’s dams.
 

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Control and Management of Dams

Reclassification of Pontal and 5-MAC dam systems

07/08/2021

​Considering the current regulations of the National Mining Agency (ANM), in July 2021, a registration adjustment was made for the Pontal System, at the Cauê mine, Itabira Complex, in Itabira (MG), and for the System 5-MAC, at the Águas Claras mine, in Nova Lima (MG), with the alteration of the construction method of these structures in the ANM's Integrated Management System for Mining Dams (SIGBM).
Although the main dams (Pontal and 5-MAC) have a downstream construction method, it was necessary to adjust the classification of both as upstream, since the internal dikes 2, 3, 4, 5 and the saddle dikes Cordão Nova Vista and Minervino, for Pontal, and the Auxiliar dike, for  5-MAC, have an upstream construction method.
It is noteworthy that the systems did not undergo any change in their stability and safety conditions, with the registration adjustment being a formality. The structures in question were already part of Vale's Upstream Dam Decharacterization Plan and are permanently monitored by the Geotechnical Monitoring Center.
The registration adjustment does not imply new legal obligations. Once the decharacterization process is concluded, the Pontal and 5-MAC Systems must have their construction method records reclassified as downstream, as per their projects.
 

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Control and Management of Dams

Reduction of Sul Inferior dam’s emergency level

06/18/2021

​The Sul Inferior dam, at the Gongo Soco mine, in Ouro Preto (MG), had its emergency level reduced from 2 to 1, on June 18, 2021. The change, which reflects the increased safety and stability of the structure, is a result of a series of corrective works on the structure's slope, carried out by Vale in recent months. The improvements were monitored and certified by the technical consulting firm in charge.
The reduction in the level of emergency was filed with the competent bodies, according to guidelines established in the Emergency Action Plan for Mining Dams (PAEBM) and by the Brazilian legislation, and reported to the National Mining Agency (ANM) and to the technical audit supporting the Minas Gerais Public Prosecutor’s Office (MPMG).
Despite the increased safety, the families evacuated from the Sul Inferior dam’s Self-Rescue Zone (ZAS) will remain preventively relocated until the completion of the de-characterization process of the Sul Superior dam, located nearby.
Sul Inferior is a water and sediment containment dam, built in a single step, considered one of the safest construction methods. It is monitored 24 hours a day by the Geotechnical Monitoring Center (CMG) and is regularly inspected by internal and external teams. Vale will continue to carry out maintenance and adjustment activities so that the indicators follow the most conservative parameters established by specialized technical consultants, focusing on the safety of the people who work and live in the surroundings of the structure.
 

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Ethics and Transparency

Vale discloses its 2020 Tax Transparency Report

05/31/2021

​Vale released today the second edition of its Tax Transparency Report that sets out the company’s approach to tax – one that is rooted in compliance, transparency, a long-term view, risk management and positive relationships with tax authorities. We also share details of how Vale has supported our communities, partners and our staff through the COVID-19 pandemic.
It builds on our first publication last year by sharing more information on how, when and why we pay tax – and includes details of our greater economic contribution in the society.
This report details taxes and royalties paid in Brazil, where most of the operations are located, and worldwide for all government spheres, and by project, highlighting the jurisdictions that we operate.
The report is an important part of our new pact with society as we look to better engage our stakeholders in the places we work.
In 2020, Vale paid US$ 5.7 billion in taxes and royalties, out of which U$$ 4.9 billion (86%) — was paid in Brazil.

 

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Governance

Vale informs on the report of the Independent Extraordinary Advisory Committee for Dam Safety

05/18/2021

​Vale hereby discloses to the market the final report ("Report") of the Extraordinary Independent Advisory Committee for Dam Safety ("CIAESB"), which ended its activities in May 2021.
 

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Governance

Vale releases the Accountability Report on the CIAE-A Recommendations

05/18/2021

Announced on January 27, 2019, the Independent Extraordinary Advisory Committee of Investigation (CIAE-A) was constituted by the Company's Board of Directors, under the coordination of ex-minister Ellen Gracie, dedicated to investigating the causes and responsibilities of the dam B1 rupture, at the Córrego do Feijão mine, in Brumadinho.

In 2019, the Committee met 49 times and, since its creation, it carried out several verification activities - such as interviews with key people to understand the event, document analysis, visits to the site, among others. The Committee also engaged with the authorities responsible for other related investigations and monitored the work of the various established parliamentary committees, in order to obtain relevant information from a variety of sources. The work of the Investigation Committee was also monitored directly by Vale’s Board of Directors and Fiscal Council, through periodic reports. In all cases, the independence of the Committee, including budgetary, is safeguarded.

The result of its work was made available in a report to the Board of Directors and its summary was released to the market to ensure accountability to society. Such report brought recommendations of a technical and governance nature. Most of the recommendations refer to topics that are already being addressed by Vale through various initiatives to improve its internal controls. The executive summary of the report is available click here.

Vale defined the deadlines for actions to comply with the recommendations brought by the CIAE-A report. By the end of 2020, 92% of these actions had been completed and the schedule indicates that all actions will be completed by December 2022.

To access the Accountability Report to CIAE-A Recommendations, prepared under the coordination of Vale's Audit Committee, and the complete work schedule, click here (in Portuguese, only).

 

 

Control and Management of Dams

Reduction of the emergency level of the Doutor Dam

05/18/2021

​The Doutor dam, at the Timbopeba mine, in Ouro Preto (MG), had its emergency level reduced from 2 to 1, on May 18, 2021. The change, which reflects the increased safety and stability of the structure, is a result of a series of actions that have been carried out by Vale in recent months. Among them, geotechnical investigations, maintenance of pumping to reduce the water level in the reservoir and improvement works on the left abutment, one of the sides of the dam. These actions were monitored and certified by the responsible technical consultancy.
The reduction in the level of emergency was filed with the competent bodies, according to guidelines established in the Emergency Action Plan for Mining Dams (PAEBM) and by the Brazilian legislation, and reported to the National Mining Agency (ANM) and to the technical audit supporting the Minas Gerais Public Prosecutor’s Office (MPMG).
Despite the increased safety for the community of Antônio Pereira and Vila Residencial Antônio Pereira, families that have been removed from the Self-Rescue Zone (ZAS) of the Doutor dam will remain preventively relocated until the structure's decharacterization process is completed.
The Doutor dam is monitored 24 hours a day by the Geotechnical Monitoring Center (CMG) and is regularly inspected by internal and external teams. Vale will continue to act in compliance with the best international engineering practices, focusing on the safety of the people who work and live close to the structure.


 

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Sustainability

Vale launches its first Integrated Report, with the results of the management of material topics, updated in 2020 after consultation with its main stakeholders

04/15/2021

​In 2021, the Integrated Report was launched replacing the Sustainability Report. With a more concise approach and greater focus on the ESG strategy, the document was prepared according to the guidelines of the International Integrated Reporting Council (IIRC), in addition to the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) Standards.
 

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Control and Management of Dams

Vale informs on Stability Condition Declarations

04/01/2021

​Vale informs, regarding the semiannual submission to the National Mining Agency (ANM) of the regular safety inspection reports (RISR) related to the Company's dams, as defined by the National Dam Safety Policy, under the terms of Ordinance 70.389/2017 DNPM/ANM, that the company updated its information on the agency’s registry on March 31, 2021.
 

Among the 104 structures included in ANM’s Integrated Management System for Safety of Mining Dams - SIGBM, the Company informs that 75 structures of its operational units of Ferrous Minerals and Base Metals in Brazil now have positive Stability Condition Statements (DCEs), an increase of 3 structures in relation to February 2021.
 
As of today, three additional structures have positive DCEs and, as a result, their emergency protocol at level 1 is removed. They are: (i) Capim Branco, Mina Jangada, Brumadinho, MG; (ii) Menezes II, Córrego do Feijão Mine, Brumadinho, MG; and (iii) Taquaras, Mina Mar Azul, Nova Lima, MG. The security conditions of these structures were considered adequate by the EoRs after the adoption of measures to improve safety.
 
A total of 29 structures in the Ferrous Minerals business do not have positive DCEs today, having active emergency protocols, according to the respective PAEBM, 18 of which are at emergency level 1, 8 at emergency level 2 and 3 at emergency level 3. All 11 structures related to the Base Metals business have positive DCEs.

 

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Dam Performance

Vale discloses a list of summarized EoR assessments of Vale’s dams, dikes and drained piles, covered by the National Dam Safety Policy

Governance

Call Notice for Annual and Extraordinary General Meetings

03/16/2021

Vale informs that, on this date, the Company's Board of Directors approved the call notice for the Annual General Meeting and Extraordinary General Meeting, to be held on April 30, 2021, at 10 a.m., Brasilia time, exclusively through virtual means, under the terms of the call notice.    

On the occasion, the shareholders will have the opportunity to elect Vale's Board of Directors for the 2021-2023 term, among other deliberations provided for in the agenda. The Management Proposal is available for consideration and, to assist shareholders in the analysis of the items in the Meetings' Agenda, we invite shareholders to access Vale's 2021 Proxy Statement.
Shareholders may exercise their voting rights by means of: (i) absentee ballots, by submitting voting instructions prior to the Meetings; or, (ii) participation via electronic system at the time of the Meetings. 
The documents related to the Meetings, listed below, are available here.


 

Control and Management of Dams

Itabiruçu dam emergency level removal

02/23/2021

​Vale  informs that, in line with its iron ore production resumption plan, the emergency level of the Itabiruçu dam, located at the Itabira Complex, has been removed after a thorough analysis of its geotechnical characteristics. As of this moment, the dam is in compliance with the legal safety parameters and released. 
 

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Control and Management of Dams

Vale informs on the Norte/Laranjeiras dam

02/09/2021

Due to the updating of information regarding the Norte / Laranjeiras dam, of the Brucutu mine, in the municipality of Barão de Cocais, MG, the Self-Rescue Zone (ZAS) related to the structure was expanded on February 9, 2021. Under the coordination of the Civil Defense and in collaboration with other competent authorities and Vale, in the next few days, the scheduled removal of residents in the area corresponding to the expansion of the ZAS will begin, respecting the health and safety protocols recommended during the COVID-19 pandemic. The company will provide shelter and all necessary assistance to the families until the situation is normalized. The company reinforces that the ZAS originally identified for the structure already had a previous removal process completed.



The company also informs that there are no changes in the safety conditions of the structure. The updating of information regarding the scenarios of dam failure is in line with the conservative approach to risk management and in compliance with the provisions of the Term of Commitment signed between the State of Minas Gerais, the Public Prosecutors' Office of Minas Gerais and Vale, which defined new parameters for updating flood spots. The Norte/Laranjeiras dam has no longer received tailings and has ongoing works for safety and stability conditions improvement. The company reiterates that its priority is the safety of people and communities downstream of its operations, as well as the safety of all its structures.

 

Control and Management of Dams

Vale informs on the Doutor dam

02/09/2021

​Due to the updating of information regarding the Doutor dam, of the Timbopeba mine, in the municipality of Ouro Preto, MG, the Self-Rescue Zone (ZAS) related to the structure was expanded on February 8, 2021. Under the coordination of the Civil Defense and in collaboration with other competent authorities and Vale, in the next few days, the scheduled removal of those residing in the area corresponding to the expansion of ZAS will begin, respecting the health and safety protocols recommended during the COVID-19 pandemic. The company will provide shelter and all necessary assistance to the families until the situation is normalized. The company reinforces that the ZAS originally identified for the structure had already a previous removal process completed.

The company also informs that there are no changes in the safety conditions of the structure. The updating of information regarding the scenarios of dam failure is in line with the conservative approach to risk management and in compliance with the provisions of the Term of Commitment signed between the State of Minas Gerais, the Public Prosecutors’ Office of Minas Gerais and Vale, which defined new parameters for updating flood spots. The Doutor dam is part of Vale's dam de-characterization plan and have no longer received tailings. The company reiterates that its priority is the safety of people and communities downstream of its operations, as well as the safety of all its structures.

 

Governance

Vale calls Extraordinary General Meeting to propose governance improvements

01/29/2021

​Vale  informs that, in a meeting held on January 28, 2021, its Board of Directors called an Extraordinary General Meeting, to be held on March 1, 2021, in order to make changes to the Company's Bylaws. Additional documents and information are available at www.vale.com/investors. 

 

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Climate Change

Vale announces its goal to reduce net scope 3 emissions by 15%, related to suppliers and customers

12/07/2020


In early December, during a virtual meeting with investors, Vale presented the goal of reducing net scope 3 emissions by 15%, related to its supply chain and customers, by 2035. The percentage decrease considers 2018 as the base year, when 586 million tons of CO2 equivalent (MTCO2eq) from its value chain were accounted for. The company expects to reach 496 MTCO2eq by 2035, a difference of 90 MTCO2eq from that recorded in 2018 - a volume equal to Chile's emissions related to energy use in the same year, according to a report from the International Energy Agency. The goal will be reviewed in 2025 and subsequently every five years. Today, 98% of Vale's CO2 emissions come from scope 3. 

The goal already considers the increase in production capacity to 400 million tons of iron ore, to be achieved by the end of 2022. Similar to the goals of scope 1 and 2, it is also in line with the Paris Agreement's ambition to limit global warming to less than 2°C by the end of the century. To achieve its scope 3 goal, Vale has a portfolio of high quality products and innovative technologies to provide solutions that reduce the emissions of customers and suppliers. 

"This agenda is the result of a listening process, aligned with real demand from society related to climate change", says Vale's CEO, Eduardo Bartolomeo. "In a preliminary estimate, Vale will be able to contribute to up to 25% of the estimated total to reach the scope 3 goal through its own portfolio, which sets them apart from their global competitors". 

The company, however, does not rely solely on the quality of its products. "Low-carbon technological solutions for steelmaking have been developed by Vale for some years now," says the executive director of Institutional Relations, Communication and Sustainability, Luiz Eduardo Osorio. "This is the case with Tecnored technology, which allows pig iron to be produced from the replacement of up to 100% of mineral coal with biocarbon (made from different types of biomass), significantly reducing carbon dioxide emissions". 

In the shipping area, included in scope 3, Vale is committed to the goals of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) to work to reduce the intensity of emissions by 40%, by 2030, and by 50%, in absolute terms, by 2050, with emissions from 2008 as a reference. The company created the Ecoshipping program, which has collaboration from different industry players, with the purpose of promoting projects that reduce emissions in the maritime transport of iron ore. One of them is the use of rotor sail technology on very large ore carriers (VLOC). The technology will allow fuel savings of up to 8% and an annual reduction of up to 3.5 thousand tons of CO2 equivalent per ship. 

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Policies and Corporate Documents

Vale discloses its water and water resources policy

Control and Management of Dams

Vale informs on the Norte/Laranjeiras dam

11/18/2020

​Vale informs that today it started, on a preventive basis, the Level 2 emergency protocol for the Norte/Laranjeiras dam, of the Brucutu mine, in the municipality of Barão de Cocais, MG.
 

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Water

Vale updates its water page with the result of the sensitivity analysis related to water risks

Our Strategy and Commitments

Vale updates its action plan to close the ESG gaps

Control and Management of Dams

Forquilha I dam emergency level reduced to level 2

Presentations

Vale holds Webinar on Brumadinho and Cultural Transformation

Performance

Vale updates its environmental compliance section with information on fines and environmental incidents

Control and Management of Dams

Vale updates the de-characterization timeline of its geotechnical structures

Biodiversity

Learn more about Vale's actions to help protect the Amazon

09/16/2020

​Vale has been in the Amazon for more than 30 years helping to protect approximately 800 thousand hectares of rainforest in partnership with Brazil’s ICMBio. 
 

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Climate Change

Vale is installing at Ilha Guaíba terminal (TIG), in Rio de Janeiro, one of the country's largest battery energy storage systems to supply electrical demand

Climate Change

Vale and Progress Rail develop the first 100% electric locomotive of the Brazilian mining industry

09/15/2020

​Vale, in partnership with Progress Rail - a company of the American group Caterpillar -, is developing a new 100% electric, battery-powered switchyard locomotive. 
 

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Presentations

Vale updates its ESG Portal with a new section comprising presentations related to the ESG theme

Control and Management of Dams

Vale updates its Control and Management of the Dams page with technical reporting on level of humidity and dams level

Brumadinho

Vale updates timeline to address the recommendations presented in the final report from the Investigation Committee (CIAE-A)

Control and Management of Dams

Vale informs on Paracatu and Patrimônio dikes and Stability Condition Declarations

09/02/2020

Vale informs that, in line with the continuous monitoring of the safety conditions of its geotechnical structures, and as a result of regular inspections and frequent interpretations of data related to the structures, performed through the function of the Engineer of Record (“EoR”), it started today, on a preventive basis, the Level 1 emergency protocol of the Paracatu and Patrimônio dikes, a protocol that does not require the evacuation of the population downstream of the structures.
 

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Control and Management of Dams

Vale comments on new standard on tailings management

Impact to Communities

Vale updates its Grievance Mechanisms section with information on its management, channels, types of interactions and indicators' performance

Suppliers

Vale updates its Suppliers page with information about the Partilhar Program which aims to contribute to the socioeconomic development of the locations where the company operates

Ethics and Transparency

Vale updates its Ethics and Transparency page with its first annual Tax Transparency Report, as part of Vale's new pact with society and aligned with its ESG agenda

07/30/2020

Vale informs that it has published today, its first annual Tax Transparency Report as part of our new pact with society and journey to better engage our stakeholders. 



In 2019, Vale paid US$ 4.5 billion in taxes and royalties globally, of which more than 90% (US$ 4.2 billion) were paid in Brazil, where most of our operations are carried out. The amount of US$ 4.5 billion in taxes and royalties paid in 2019 corresponds to more than 10% of Vale’s total economic contribution last year. In addition to tax payments, this contribution includes operational costs, salaries and employee benefits, among others. 


The report sets out the principles behind Vale’s approach to tax and investment. It includes information about corporate income taxes, tax on mining, payroll taxes, tax on products and services and other taxes, providing data on the taxes paid in Brazil, Canada, Indonesia, Mozambique and New Caledonia. 


With this publication, Vale meets with one year in advance its commitment to deliver a detailed tax transparency report as part of its ESG agenda. According to an action plan to fulfil Vale’s ESG reporting commitment, the report was originally scheduled to be published in 2021.


The disclosure of the Tax Transparency report demonstrates Vale’s commitment to transparency as it follows the principles recommended by international entities such as the International Council on Mining and Metals (ICMM) and the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI). 
 

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Control and Management of Dams

Vale informs on Barragem 5

07/29/2020

​Vale informs that today it started, on a preventive basis, the Level 1 emergency protocol for Barragem 5, at Mina da Mutuca, Nova Lima (Minas Gerais), a protocol that does not require the evacuation of the population downstream of the dam. This tailings dam was built with compacted soil, with a downstream construction method and no longer receives mining tailings.This protocol is a preventive measure.

 

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Governance

Vale announces Nomination Committee

07/22/2020

​Vale informs that, on the present date, the Board of Directors has decided to create and establish the Nomination Committee, another important step towards Vale's corporate governance evolution, in which a specific body will directly assist the Board of Directors, proposing improvements related to the structure, size and composition of the Board, in addition to recommending the skills, profiles and potential nominees for the Board, so that Vale continues to benefit from the plurality of arguments and a decision-making process with quality and care, in compliance with laws, ethics and best corporate governance practices. 
 

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Governance

Vale announces Chief Compliance Officer

07/20/2020

​Vale informs that, from this date onwards, Denis Cuenca takes on as Chief Compliance Officer (“CCO”), reporting directly to the Board of Directors and, will be responsible for the compliance office, including the integrity department, the internal audit and the whistleblower channel.


 

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Control and Management of Dams

Vale holds ESG webinar on Tailings Dam Management aligned with its commitment to transparency and safety

Policies and Corporate Documents

Vale updates its Climate Change Policy with the guidelines and principles to become carbon neutral by 2050

07/02/2020


Vale seeks to be a tireless protagonist towards the neutrality of GHG emissions in the steel, metallurgical and shipping industries and in this sense and in this context, the company updated its climate change policy with strategies to become carbon neutral by 2050.
 

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Control and Management of Dams

Vale discloses detailed information on its dams aligned with its commitment to transparency regarding dams' management

06/29/2020

Check out detailed information about Vale's structures in the Technical Reports section of our Dam Control and Management page.


 

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Climate Change

Vale updates its scope 1 and scope 2 emissions reduction goals and deadlines to 33% by 2030

06/29/2020

Vale updated the information on Goals and Deadlines in line with its commitment to be carbon neutral by 2050.


 

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Our Strategy and Commitments

Vale updates about its ESG action plan including the milestones for the initiatives planned to be completed in 2020

06/29/2020

To know Vale's ESG Action Plan, access Our Strategy and Commitments page.


 

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Board of Directors and Leadership

Vale updates the profile of its Board of Directors and includes information regarding the Audit Committee

06/28/2020

Vale updated about its Board and Leadership page with information on the Board of Directors' members, assessment processes, among others. Besides that, the page contains uptades about Vale's Committees, including the Audit Committee established in March 2020.

 

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Compensation

Vale brings analysis and discussion on executive compensation and 2019 and 2020 annual bonus panel

06/28/2020

Vale updates its Compensation page with an analysis and discussion on the compensation of its executives and informations regarding the 2019 e 2020 annual bonus panel.
 

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Control and Management of Dams

Vale informs on 6, 7A and Area IX dams

06/09/2020

​Vale informs that today it started, on a preventive basis, the Level 1 emergency protocol for dams 6 and 7A, at the Águas Claras Mine, Nova Lima (Minas Gerais) and the Area IX dam, at the Fábrica Mine, Ouro Preto (Minas Gerais), all of them inactive, protocol that does not require the evacuation of the population downstream of the dam.
 

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Climate Change

Vale informs on climate agenda and commitment to the Paris Agreement

05/14/2020

​Rio de Janeiro, May 14th, 2020 – Vale S.A. ("Vale") informs that it will invest at least US$2 billion to reduce by 33% its direct and indirect absolute emissions (scopes 1 and 2) by 2030. Direct emissions come from operations, and indirect emissions come from external sources involved in the production process, such as electric power consumption. The goal is aligned with the Paris Agreement, which established a maximum limit for increasing the global average temperature of 2°C by 2100.

The investment amount, already included in Vale's capex guidance for the coming years, is the largest amount ever committed by the mining industry to fight climate change. With this initiative, Vale aims to transform itself into a company with zero net emissions in scopes 1 and 2 by 2050, leading the industry towards carbon-neutral mining. Details on the scope 1 and 2 target were unveiled by Vale's CEO, Eduardo Bartolomeo, during a conference with investors. Click here to access the full presentation. 

This initiative is an evolution on Vale's climate agenda. In December at Vale Day – a meeting with market analysts held in New York and London – Vale had announced its goal to reduce its emissions and established an internal carbon pricing of US$50 per metric ton of COequivalent, for capital projects and competitors.

"This agenda is a result of a listening process, aligned with a real climate change-related demand from society for a robust reduction of emissions in the scope 1 and 2. We are stepping forward to develop a New Pact with Society with more transparency and responsibility", comments Eduardo Bartolomeo.

Since Vale Day, the Low Carbon Forum was established – a group led by the CEO and composed of six executive officers and employees from different areas of the company – whose purpose is to guide the implementation of the commitments made. The initiative reflects the engagement of Vale's management on the issue, as well as, the constant evolution on the climate agenda. According to Luiz Eduardo Osorio, the executive officer for Institutional Relations, Communication and Sustainability, 35 initiatives are under analysis using the "Marginal Abatement Cost Curve" – a tool that allows the classification of projects by costs and potential for reducing emissions.

"There are projects for the use of biodiesel in Base Metals, energy efficiency, electrification of mines and railroads, biofuels in pelletizing instead of coal, and renewable energy, since one of Vale's goals is to achieve 100% of self-production of electric power from clean sources, such as wind and solar, in its plants around the world," explains Luiz Eduardo Osorio.

By the end of the second half of this year, some pilot projects will be in operation. Vitória-Minas railway (EFVM) will have the first 100% electric locomotive. Electric vehicles will be tested in underground operation at Creighton, Coleman and Copper Cliff's mines in Canada and Vale's pelletizing plant in Vitória (Espirito Santo) will be tested with biofuel.

The base year used to calculate the carbon goal was 2017, when Vale's emissions reached 14.1 million metric tons of CO2 equivalent (MtCO2e). The goal is to reduce it to 9.5 MtCO2e by 2030. In parallel, the projects to disassociate its production from carbon emissions, Vale will recover and protect another 500 thousand hectares of native forest by 2030. Today, the company helps to protect more than 1 million hectares worldwide.

Scope 3

In addition to its ambition to neutralize its scopes 1 and 2 carbon emissions by 2050, Vale aims to establish a goal for scope 3 to encourage clients and suppliers in the same direction.  Through active engagement with clients from the steel and metallurgy industries, Vale will work to reduce emissions in its value chain. The company will guide its operations based on win-win relationships, less intensive products, and new technologies

 

Health and Safety

Vale invests in humanitarian aid to tackle COVID-19 in the countries where its operates

05/11/2020

The total amount so far invested in these countries exceeds USD 2,2 million for actions to tackle the spread of the virus and treat the disease.

Since the end of January, Vale has taken all measures required to support the prevention of COVID-19 in its operations and to contribute to the regions in which it operates. Globally, the company complies with the health and safety protocols established by the authorities and agencies of each country and aims to support government initiatives in order to alleviate the burden on health care systems. Among the initiatives are donations for the purchase of personal protective equipment (PPE), health care supplies, hygiene materials, rapid test kits, and the swab test for detecting the virus.

However, humanitarian actions are not limited to the acquisition of inputs. In Indonesia, isolation rooms for the intensive care of patients have been set up and equipped; it was an initiative by Vale Indonesia Tbk in support of the Government of the eastern region of Luwu and the Provincial Government of South Sulawesi. Aiming to help Chinese hospitals and their teams address the health challenge, Vale has donated RMB3.3 million to the Chinese Red Cross Foundation. In Canada, in response to Sudbury Food Bank's request for financial support, USD 100,000 was allocated to the Cash for Cans campaign, which sustains the growing demand for food during the pandemic. Aiming to support the Mozambican Government, a memorandum of support to tackle the disease was signed in addition to supplies amounting to almost USD 2,000,000.00 (two million US dollars). This aid includes several hygiene materials, hospital equipment, personal protection items for health care professionals, and 80,000 rapid tests. To contribute to the well-being of the communities in which it operates, Vale Malaysia Minerals (VMM) has donated 20,000 COVID-19 test kits to the Malaysian Ministry of Health, in addition to donations to Manjung – where the maritime terminal of Teluk Rubiah operates –, totaling RM 85,000.

The support for the countries in which Vale operates is continuous to containing the pandemic. The company has planned new donations for actions to tackle the spread of the virus and treat the disease.

These are the main humanitarian actions already taken, in each country, by Vale to tackle the COVID-19:

 

China

Action to support the Chinese Red Cross Foundation – RMB 3.3 million

  •     Purchase of health care supplies, including protective clothing, masks, goggles, and other required materials.

Canada 

Action to support the Sudbury Food Bank – USD 100,000

  •     Donation to the Cash for Cans campaign, which is designed to meet the demand for food during the pandemic. Sudbury Food Bank is a central food distributor for 44 food banks and meal suppliers across Greater Sudbury. Currently, these agencies support 8,500 people per month, and this number is expected to grow due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Other Actions

Vale has launched the COVID-19 Challenge, which will provide USD 1,000,000 to develop solutions against the disease, including risk monitoring and prevention as well as patient monitoring. Also, there is an Open Challenge category, which covers other topics. Companies, startups, institutions, government, universities, and professionals have been invited to participate.

Mozambique

Actions to support the Mozambican Government – USD 2,000,000.00

  •     Hygiene materials, hospital equipment, and personal protective items for health care professionals.
  •     Donation of 80 thousand rapid tests.
  •     Donation of PPE for the Health area, such as gloves, masks, goggles, boots, safety overalls, and aprons.
  •     Donation of hygiene material, including electric sprayers, alcohol for disinfection, and soap bars. 
  •     Provision of hospital equipment, such as infusion pumps, sample collection kits, aspirators, and defibrillators.

Other Actions

  •     Creation of a 24-hour helpline number designed to share daily information about COVID-19, additionally to the Internal Communication channels, with direct and third-party employees.

Indonesia

Actions to support the Government of the eastern region of Luwu    

 

  • Donation of 10 hospital beds, disinfectant liquid, thermal guns, protective clothing, surgical masks, N95 masks, and rubber gloves. 
  •     Donation of 13 hospital beds for isolation rooms at the Burau Community Health Center, two ventilation units for Hospital I Lagaligo, and 13 thermal guns to be used in six control stations under the supervision of GTPP COVID-19 at the eastern region of Luwu.

Actions to support the Provincial Government of South Sulawesi

Donation of 800 N95 masks, 800 surgical masks, 200 rubber gloves, and 100 units of protective clothing for medical teams through the GTPP COVID-19 at South Sulawesi. Donation of an ambulance for a one-year operational period and 1,000 units of personal protective equipment (PPE), such as rubber gloves, for the Wahidin Sudirohusodo Hospital. 

Other Actions

Vale Indonesia Tbk is conducting mass-scale COVID-19 testing among all employees and service providers in its operational areas of Sorowako, East Luwu Regency, and South Sulawesi. It also plans to progressively cover all 3,000 direct employees and almost 7,000 third-party employees. The planning is expected to test almost 500 people every day. At the same time, rapid tests are also being carried out at Bahodopi (Central Sulawesi) and Pomalaa (South Sulawesi).

Malaysia

Actions to support the Government and Ministry of Health of Malaysia – RM 85,000

  •     Donation of 20,000 COVID-19 test kits.
  •     Donation of RM 25,000 for supplies to the Manjung District and Land Office aiming the creation of new COVID-19 screening centers.
  •     Donation of RM 55,000 for the purchase of eight Powered Air Purifying Respirators (PAPRs) to support the health care at the Manjung Hospital.
  •     Donation of RM 5,000 for thermometers and PPE to Manjung immigration officers, who are on the frontlines, supporting the fight against the spread of COVID-19.

 

Control and Management of Dams

Vale informs on Dicão Leste dam

05/08/2020

​ Vale  informs that it has initiated, in a preventive manner, the Level 1 emergency protocol of the Dicão Leste dam, of the Fazendão Mine in Catas Altas (MG), a protocol that does not require the evacuation of the population downstream of the dam. 

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Health and Safety

Vale has already allocated R$352.8 million to tackle the new coronavirus in Brazil

04/30/2020

It amounts to almost 70% of the total of R$500 million that the company has allocated to invest in humanitarian actions

Vale has already allocated R$352.8 million to tackle the new coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) in Brazil. It amounts to almost 70% of the total of R$500 million that the company has allocated to invest in humanitarian aid to fight against the spread of the disease. More than 600 tons of inputs have been purchased in China – rapid test kits and personal protective equipment (PPE) – to support the Federal Government and the States where Vale operates (Minas Gerais, Pará, Maranhão, Espírito Santo, Mato Grosso do Sul, and Rio de Janeiro). The first batch arrived in late March and the last will be delivered in May.

This emergency aid, which represents an investment of R$223.3 million, complies with the guidance of health authorities. The cargo, equivalent to the average weight of 600 automobiles, is being transported by 15 airplanes – 13 cargo aircrafts and two airliners. Vale has also taken other humanitarian actions totaling R$129.5 million.

Five million rapid test kits and 15.8 million PPE are being donated to the Federal Government. The company will also provide almost 14.5 million inputs, including kits and PPE, to the six States where it operates. The cargo also includes five million kits purchased by Brazilian banks with Vale’s logistical support in China, thanks to its 50-year partnership with that country. To bring all this cargo of more than 600 tons, Vale mobilized 116 employees from nine areas of the company in Brazil and China.

More than Inputs

However, humanitarian actions are not limited to the acquisition of inputs. The company has helped to build field hospitals, refurbish hospitals, purchase equipment – such as ventilators, hospital beds, and monitors –, as well as donate cleaning materials and 100 tons of alcohol-based hand sanitizers. Aiming to guarantee the social isolation of indigenous peoples and traditional communities with which it interfaces, the company will build quarantine centers with all the required logistical support.

In partnership with Hospital Israelita Albert Einstein and the Mater Dei Health Network, Vale has launched a US$1 million public notice (almost R$5 million at the average dollar exchange rate in March) to support innovative solutions aiming to reduce the impact of COVID-19 – the disease caused by the new coronavirus.

And R$2 million was donated to the State Brain Institute to purchase equipment. The Institute, part of a 10-year partnership with Vale, has become a reference in Rio de Janeiro for hospitalization and treatment of the disease.

These are the main humanitarian actions already taken by Vale to tackle the COVID-19:

Actions to Support the Federal Government – R$213.8 million

  • Five million rapid test kits for virus detection;
  • 15.8 million PPE (2.54 million N95 masks, 10.8 million surgical masks, 216 thousand gloves, 2.24 million aprons, and 4.5 thousand goggles).

Actions to Support the States – R$131.7 million

  • 14.5 million inputs, including test kits and PPE, for the six States where the company operates (Minas Gerais, Pará, Maranhão, Espírito Santo, Mato Grosso do Sul, and Rio de Janeiro);
  • Construction of three field hospitals in Parauapebas (Pará), Açailândia (Maranhão), and in the city of Rio de Janeiro;
  • Refurbishment of three hospitals – two in Minas Gerais (Itabira and Belo Horizonte) and one in Pará (Parauapebas);
  • Donation of R$2 million to the State Brain Institute to purchase equipment for brain monitoring, ultrasound, and monitoring robots, among other hospital items. The Institute, part of a 10-year partnership with Vale, has become a reference in Rio de Janeiro for hospitalization and treatment of the disease;
  • Logistical support for transportation of hospital equipment;
  • Support to the City Government of Parauapebas (Pará) to identify the epidemiological profile of COVID-19 in the municipality through the application of PCR tests by sampling of the population;
  • Purchase of 390 hospital equipment (mechanical ventilators, beds and monitors) for four hospitals in Pará: Parauapebas Municipal Hospital, Canaã Municipal Hospital, Yutaka Takeda Hospital and Cinco de Outubro Hospital;
  • Donation of 81 thousand items for cleaning, in addition to 100 tons of alcohol-based hand sanitizers and personal hygiene kits to 14 prisons in 13 cities in Minas Gerais;
  • Donation of five containers with air conditioning and stretchers to Santa Casa de Ouro Preto (Minas Gerais), which will be used as the first aid center for suspected cases of the new coronavirus;
  • Three ambulances to the city of Mariana. The vehicles are equipped with Intensive Care Units (ICU) and respirators for two of them;
  • Acquisition of medical and hospital supplies for a hospital in São Luís (Maranhão);
  • Anticipation of the donation of five rescue and fire-fighting vehicles to the Fire Department in Maranhão. These vehicles will provide assistance to tackle the COVID-19 in the cleaning of public areas;
  • Donation of two solenoid valves to create a prototype of respirator in São Luís.

Actions to Support the Indigenous People and Guilombola Communities – R$2.3 million

  • Construction 15 Quarantine Units in Minas Gerais and Espírito Santo to serve the Tupiniquim, Guarani, Krenak and Pataxó ethnic groups that interface with Vale, in addition to the other indigenous peoples from these States;
  • Construction of the Quarantine Center for Awá, Guajajara and Ka’apor indigenous peoples, the health professionals for indigenous peoples, and Funai in Santa Inês (Maranhão) (The Technical Cooperation Agreement is under development with Legal and Procurement areas);
  • Emergency accommodation support (14 nights) for two Awá families (five indigenous people);
  • Donation of cleaning kits to 475 Quilombola families, fish farmers, and artisanal fishermen from Sepetiba bay (Rio de Janeiro);
  • Donation of cleaning kits to 10,000 indigenous families in Minas Gerais, Maranhão, Espírito Santo, and Pará.

Other Actions – R$5 million

  • Vale, in partnership with Hospital Israelita Albert Einstein and the Mater Dei Health Network, has launched the COVID-19 Challenge public notice to support solutions that reduce the impacts of COVID-19, focusing on the areas of prevention and tracking of risk, screening and diagnosis, monitoring and follow-up of patients, as well as intensive care. Support will be provided in the form of funding or by connecting partners to enable the implementation of such solutions within 15 days. The maximum investment will be US$1 million (almost R$5 million at the average dollar exchange rate in March). Over 1,400 proposals have been submitted. The result of this challenge will be disclosed on the 24th.

Aid to the Suppliers – R$1 billion

At the end of March, mining was declared an essential service by the Ministry of Mines and Energy and, as a result, Vale maintains its activities. To ensure the financial health of its suppliers, the company announced a package of almost R$1 billion, which will benefit almost three thousand suppliers across the country.

The company has been taking several actions to ensure the health of direct and third-party employees. They include implementing home office for eligible functions, implementing leave of absence for employees over 60 years old or with pre-existing diseases (who were instructed to be at home), and the installation of 81 thermal cameras at the entrance of its facilities to identify the temperature of direct and third-party employees, among other measures. All measures taken by Vale comply with the health and safety protocols established by health authorities in regard to the new coronavirus pandemic.

Control and Management of Dams

Vale informs on the Taquaras dam

04/30/2020

​Vale  informs that today it started, as a preventive measure, the emergency protocol at Level 1¹ for the Taquaras sediment dam, of the Mar Azul mine, in Nova Lima (MG), protocol that does not require the evacuation of the population in the Self-Rescue Zone (“ZAS”), downstream of the dam.

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Governance

Vale informs on holding its meetings of 04/30/2020 exclusively by digital means

04/27/2020

Vale, following the Notice to Shareholders published on 03/30/2020 and 04/15/2020 (“Notices to Shareholders”), informs that, due to the coronavirus pandemic (Covid-19) and pursuant to CVM Instruction No. 622/2020, the Company's Ordinary and Extraordinary Meetings of Shareholders (“AGM/E”) will be held, cumulatively, on 04/30/2020, at 10 am, exclusively by digital means. The Company also informs on the flexibility of the date for sending the distant voting ballot (“BVD”) directly to Vale.

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Control and Management of Dams

Vale informs on Borrachudo II dike

04/23/2020

​Vale informs that, yesterday, on a preventive basis, the Level 1 emergency protocol for Borrachudo II dike, of Mina Cauê, in Itabira (MG) was initiated. This protocol does not require the evacuation of the population downstream of the dam. The Borrachudo II dike had its Declaration of Stability Condition (“DCE”) issued on March 31, 2020, which remains valid. 

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Sustainability

Take part in the public consultation to review Vale's Sustainability Policy

04/22/2020

​Vale is updating its Sustainability Policy aiming to contemplate our new commitments to society and our new strategy to achieve our mission: to transform natural resources into prosperity and sustainable development. 

You can contribute by reading the current version of Vale's Sustainability Policy and answering the following questions. The process takes approximately 10 minutes.

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Sustainability Report

Vale's Sustainability Report 2019

04/22/2020

​The Sustainability Report presents Vale’s actions and learnings from the breach of Dam I of the Córrego do Feijão mine, in Brumadinho (Minas Gerais, Brazil). It also describes the managerial changes made to business processes since the event, in addition to economic, environmental and social performance of the organization.

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Suppliers

Vale Updates About Temporary Aid Package for Suppliers

04/09/2020

​Vale announces that has already anticipated R$521 million in payments to small and medium-sized companies since the beginning of the crisis caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. The company plans to inject another R$411 million into the Brazilian economy in advance of payments until the end of April, totaling R$932 million to help almost 3,000 suppliers in Brazil to address this moment. 

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Control and Management of Dams

Vale Informs on Stability Condition Declarations

04/03/2020

Vale informs that it continues to improve its Tailings Management System (“TMS”), with the support of international experts, and brings updates regarding its structures.

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Governance

Vale Announces Alternative Measures for Holding its Meeting of Shareholders on 04/30/2020

03/30/2020

​Vale has been following the evolution of the coronavirus outbreak (Covid-19) in Brazil and aiming to preserve the integrity of its employees, service providers and shareholders at the Annual Extraordinary and General Meetings’ (“AGM/E”), which will be held, cumulatively, on April 30th, 2020, the Company encourages the remote participation of shareholders as an option for in-person participation.

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People and Community

Coronavirus: Vale Informs on the Efforts Adopted to Minimize Risk of Contagion Among Employees and Communities

03/27/2020

​Since the end of January, Vale has been taking all possible efforts to prevent COVID-19. The company's actions resulting from the pandemic are being managed by a structure of regional and executive committees, created especially to ensure the safety of all. Globally, the company complies with the health and safety protocols established by the authorities and agencies of each country and the actions determined by the internal pandemic preparedness and response plan and closely monitors the development of the situation. Some of our actions:

 

  • Take care of our employees, our operations and our business:
    • Home Office for administrative activities as a preventive measure in various locations around the world;
    • Installation, in the coming weeks, of 81 thermal cameras at the gateways of its units in four Brazilian states (Minas Gerais, Pará, Espírito Santo and Maranhão) in order to identify people with high body temperature, one of the symptoms of the new coronavirus;
    • Increased bus fleet;
    • Extra credit on the food allowance for Vale employees in Brazil;
    • Stoppage for maintenance of the Voisey´s Bay mine for a period of four weeks, as a precaution to help protect the health and well-being of the Nunatsiavut and Innu indigenous communities in Labrador;
    • Redirection and redistribution of ships heading to Teluk Rubiah Maritime Terminal, in Malaysia, to our blending facilities in China;
    • Disbursement of US$ 5 billion from its revolving credit lines due in June 2022 (US$ 2 billion) and December 2024 (US$ 3 billion).

  • Temporary aid to suppliers:
    • Anticipation of payments to small and medium-sized companies;
    • About R$ 160 million should be injected into the Brazilian economy in the coming days. 

  • Humanitarian aid and care for communities:
    • Donation of 5 million rapid test kits for the new coronavirus (COVID-19) to assist the Brazilian Government in combating the spread of the disease in the country;
    • Passenger Trains on the Carajás Railway (EFC) and Vitória to Minas Railway (EFVM) have been halted temporarily .

Governance

Vale Announces Final Composition of the Audit Committee

03/25/2020

​Vale  in continuity with the press release dated March 11th, 2020, informs that the Board of Directors appointed the third member to compose the Audit Committee.

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Suppliers

Vale Announces Temporary Aid Package for Suppliers

03/24/2020

Vale discloses a series of support initiatives for its suppliers during a crisis caused by the coronavirus epidemic.

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People and Community

Vale Brings 5 Million Test Kits and Medical Supplies to Brazil, in Humanitarian Aid

03/24/2020

Vale has closed the purchase of 5 million new coronavirus (Covid-19) rapid test kits to help the Brazilian government combat the spread of the illness in the country. 

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Brumadinho

Vale Presents a Timeline of Implementation of CIAE-A Recommendations

03/20/2020

​Vale disclosure a timeline with actions and deadlines to adress the recommendations presented in the final Report of the Independent Committee for Extraordinary Assessment (CIAE-A)

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Governance

Notice of Meetings of Shareholders

03/13/2020

Vale has released the documents for the Annual and Extraordinary Meetings of Shareholders, to be held on April 30, 2020.​

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Governance

Audit Committee and the Compliance Department

03/11/2020

Vale informs about the new Audit Committee, its function and composition, in order to further evolve in the aspects of Corporate Governance.​

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Reparation

Update on Gongo Soco

03/09/2020

Vale continue to monitor and report to authorities about the Gongo Soco mine. The construction of the tailings containment structure located in the proximity of the Sul Superior dam was completed.​

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Indigenous Peoples and Traditional Community

Mining in Indigenous Lands

03/05/2020

​Vale states on the new Bill 191/2020 which is being processed in the National Congress and aims to regulate economic activities, such as Mining, in Indigenous Lands.

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Brumadinho

Report from Support and Reparation Committee

03/03/2020

​Final report prepared by the Extraordinary Independent Consulting Committee for Support and Reparation was released with recommendations and monitoring of action plans related to the Brumadinho event.

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Investors

Support on MV Stellar Banner Vessel

02/28/2020

​Vale is committed with all efforts and resources to mitigate the possible impacts related to the incident with the MV Stellar Banner vessel, owned and operated by the South Korean.

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Brumadinho

Report from Investigation Committee

02/20/2020

​The summary of the report prepared by the Extraordinary Independent Consulting Committee for Investigation for Investigation was released with recommendations of a technical and governance nature.

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Control and Management of Dams

Update on the Decharacterization Plan

02/10/2020

​Vale update on the decharacterization plan, including Doutor and Campo Grande dams and the three drained stacks structures.

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Reparation

Expert Panel Report

12/11/2019

​The Expert Panel assessment of the technical causes of the failure of Dam I at the Córrego do Feijão Mine in Brumadinho is available.

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Our Strategy and Commitments

ESG Gaps Action Plan

12/02/2019

​Vale is announcing new commitments for 2030 and, in addition, mapped its GAPs in ESG and brought them together in an Action Plan for monitoring and alignment with best practices. Check out the action plan.

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Investors

Partial Stoppage in Brucutu

12/02/2019

The temporary suspension of disposal of tailings of the Brucutu was a proactive conservative measure of the company while assessing the dam’s geotechnical characteristics.

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