Indigenous Peoples and Traditional Community - ESG
Indigenous Peoples and Traditional Community
Mining is an activity that is directly connected with the territory where mineral resources are available. For its realization, it is essential that the rights of Indigenous Peoples and Traditional Communities who live or use these territories for their traditional practices are respected.
Vale's performance is guided by the management of risks and impacts of its operations on the territories and respect for cultural diversity and the rights of these populations, recognizing the differentiated relationship they have with the territory, which involves not only physical and socioeconomic aspects, but also cultural and spiritual ones.
The relationship with these populations focuses on building and maintaining trust, supporting the autonomy and resilience of communities, contributing to mutual benefits and promoting a positive legacy with them.
Vale's relationship with Indigenous Peoples and Traditional Communities is guided by Vale's Global Human Rights Policy, which is aligned with the main international references related to the theme, such as the UN Guiding Principles for Business and Human Rights, the Equator Principles, the Position of the International Mining and Metals Council on Mining and Indigenous Peoples, Convention No. 169 of the International Labor Organization, the UN Global Compact, the Global Reporting Initiative, IFC Performance Standard No. 07, and the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, as well as the laws provided for in the countries where Vale operates.
- Build a relationship of trust, respect and promotion of rights, cultures, heritage and ways of life;
- Recognize the right to the use of land and water, as well as the intangible value that these natural resources represent for Indigenous Peoples;
- Promote and document the consultation process and Free, Prior and Informed Consent (FPIC) related to Vale's activities and the interests of communities;
- Contribute to the promotion of ethnodevelopment of these populations;
- Efficiently manage the potential risks and impacts of the company's activities on the territories;
- Respect and foster governance mechanisms, respecting the specificity of the social organization of each community and ensuring, whenever possible, gender and generational representativeness that enables the effective participation of these populations;
- Disclose to Indigenous Peoples and Traditional Communities all Vale's listening and response channels and properly manage the registered manifestations, according to deadlines established in the regulations in force and/or agreed with the communities.
Vale relates to 28 groups of Indigenous Peoples and 47 Traditional Communities. In Brazil, where most of our activities are located, we relate to 13 groups of the following Indigenous Peoples:
Our Management and goals
See more about our Relationship with Local Communities.
See more about Mining Rights and Mining on Indigenous Lands here.
See here the list of listening channels and answers provided by Vale
- Community Relationship: It is possible to contact our Community Relationship professionals through 3 channels:
Face-to-face service, by calling 0800 285 7000 and 0800 021 9934 (for the hearing impaired) and via RC Online platform: vale.com/rconline
- Hello Railroad: 0800 285 7000 and 0800 021 9934 (for hearing impaired)
- Call Center Repair: 0800-0310831
- Contact us: https://www.vale.com/contact-us
- Reporting Channel: Contact through the website (https://www.canalconfidencial.com.br/vale/) or by phone 0800 821 5000 (Brazil) and 1-844-450-5001 (Canada).
- Studies and assessments of risks and impacts,
- Programs and projects for impact management,
- Relationship management: listening, response and interaction mechanisms;
- Risk Management;
- Training programs;
- Management of routine engagement with indigenous peoples and traditional communities;
- Voluntary Social Investment.
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Goals and Deadlines
- Implement the global process of integrated management of the relationship with Indigenous Peoples and Traditional Communities;
- Expand engagement with Indigenous Peoples and support for ethno-development actions;
- Establish long-term agreements, with mutual benefits and respect for the specificities of Indigenous Peoples and Traditional Communities with which we relate;
- Strengthen risk and impact management processes;
- Expand the coverage of training programs for employees and contractors.
Perspectives and Legacy
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Tradicional ktichen – Novo Planeta Village
Conversation House – Awá Village
Cultural Center – Maçaranduba Village
Redario -Nova Samyã Village
Tradicional kitchen – Nova Samyã