Indemnification

Indemnification

Indemnification

Those affected by the breach of Dam 1, at Córrego do Feijão mine, in Brumadinho, can register for one of the types of indemnity – individual, emergency, and labor. Below, learn about the differences, who is eligible for each type of indemnity, and how to complete the request process.

Indemnification payment

The indemnification proceedings are being conducted with the support of the Public Defender's Office. See below the highlights related to each indemnification front.

Emergency Indemnification

More than 107,000 people with monthly compensation until Jan 2020

Individual and Group Indemnification

700 agreements signed

1,400 beneficiaries

Labor Indemnification

500 agreements signed

1,400 beneficiaries

Learn more about emergency payments agreement

Data until 10/18/2019

| Individual or family Indemnities

Vale signed an Agreement with the Public Defender's Office of Minas Gerais to expedite the payment of indemnities regarding the breach of Dam 1, at Córrego do Feijão mine. This Agreement serves as a parameter for indemnities related to the evacuation of Sul Superior dam, in Barão de Cocais, and B3/B4 dams, in Macacos. In addition, it allows residents to negotiate their indemnities voluntarily.

To begin the negotiation process, applicants must pre-schedule an appointment at one of the Indemnity Offices listed below, and provide all required documentation.

Check out the mandatory documents:

Individuals
Legal Person
Documentation about Damage Evidence

All applicants (adults and minors under the age of 18) that are related to the claimed damages must submit the following documents at the meeting.

  • Individual Taxpayer Registration Number Card (except minors)
  • ID Card, Driver's License, Labor and Social Security ID Card, or Passport (among other data, such as date of birth and parents' names)
  • Birth Certificate (for minors under the age of 18 without ID Card)
  • Custody Agreement (for minors under the age of 18 with separated parents), Guardianship Agreement (for minors under the age of 18 with missing/deceased parents), Conservatorship Agreement (over the age of 18 without civil capacity)
  • Marital status
  • Declaration of Stable Union and/or updated Marriage Certificate (registration/annotation at the Notary Public Office until January 25, 2019, for the Matrimonial Property Regime)
  • Last modification date
  • Proof of residence (such as utility bills from January, 2019 or later, with consumption history including January, 2019)
  • Power of attorney on behalf of all applicants, with sufficient powers to make settlements at extrajudicial level (a template is available at the Indemnity Offices)
  • Power of attorney for illiterate/bedridden
  • Copy or original document from lawyer's member registry at the Brazilian Bar Association (OAB)

Official documents must be submitted in original or certified copies representing the updated version of the respective documents. Declarations must be provided with notarized signature.

Legal entities that are related to the claimed damages must submit the following documents at the meeting.

  • Corporate Taxpayer Registration Number Card
  • Articles of Incorporation/By-Laws
  • In the case of a Corporation, documentation proving the powers of the company's representative (such as Minutes of the Board of Directors' or Members' Meeting)
  • Power of attorney on behalf of the Company, with sufficient powers to make settlements at extrajudicial level (a template is available at the Indemnity Offices)
  • Copy or original document from lawyer's member registry at the Brazilian Bar Association (OAB)

Official documents must be submitted in original or certified copies representing the updated version of the respective documents. Declarations must be provided with notarized signature.

In order to expedite the indemnity request, it is important that the applicants go to an Indemnity Office and provide all the documentation that prove the facts described in their statements, as well as the damages, losses, and respective values.

This documentation may consist of both official documents (proving ownership, income, certificates, etc.), as well as photos, receipts, videos, among others, to prove the alleged losses and conditions.

Official documents must be submitted in original or certified copies representing the updated version of the respective documents. Declarations must be provided with notarized signature.

See below addresses of the Individual Indemnity Offices

Brumadinho

Public Defender’s Office
Rua Oligisto 197, Ipiranga, Brumadinho
Service hours: Monday to Friday – from 10:00am to midday and from 1:00pm to 5:00pm

Vale´s Office
Rua Turquesa, 103, Planalto, Brumadinho
Service hours: Monday to Friday – from 9:00am 18:00pm

Those who prefer to go to Vale’s office will be assisted to make an appointment, solve the doubts, and negotiate the indemnities. The stakeholder must be accompanied by a lawyer.

Macacos

Vale´s Office
Rua São Luiz, 181, Macacos
Service hours: Monday to Friday – from 9:00am to 18:00pm
Contact for appointments: (31) 3916-6721 or 99830-5886

The stakeholder must be accompanied by a lawyer or a public defender from the Public Defender's Office.

Barão de Cocais

Vale´s Office
Rua Horácio da Mata, 54, Barão de Cocais
Service hours: Monday to Friday – from 9:00am to 18:00pm
Contact for appointments: (31) 3837-7861 or 99944-6773

The stakeholder must be accompanied by a lawyer or a public defender from the Public Defender's Office.

Belo Horizonte

Vale´s Office
Rua Pernambuco, 1077 – 4° andar, bairro Savassi.
Service hours: Monday to Friday – from 9:00am 18:00pm
Contact for appointments: (31) 3916-6725 or 99983-9076

The stakeholder must be accompanied by a lawyer or a public defender from the Public Defender's Office.

| Emergency Compensation

Vale pays the emergency compensation established by the Preliminary Agreement to the residents of Brumadinho and those located within 1km of Paraopeba river channel, from Brumadinho to the city of Pompéu, at Retiro Baixo dam.

To find out if a resident is eligible for this indemnity, see the map below and check that the residence is within the area colored in orange.


To search the area, you can zoom in on the map and see if the address is within the delimited area.
Another option is to click the button to enlarge the screen (in the upper right corner of the map). Opening the Google Maps page, click on the magnifying glass and enter the full address. The map will show the exact location of the address. If the address is inside the area marked in orange, follow the procedures below.

How to Register to Receive Emergency Compensation

Residents who have not yet registered to receive the emergency compensation must go to one of the Indemnity Registration Centers (IRC) to submit the required documentation. See below addresses and service hours. For more information, call 0800 888 1182.

Emergency Compensation Registration Centers

Check out the complete list of addresses of the Indemnity Registration Centers and see where the residents of each community can receive assistance. The table also lists the start date of service in each IRC.

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Required Documents

The applicants must fill out a form as agreed in court and submit the following documents:

  • Adults:
    - Identification document with photo (ID Card, Driver's License, or Labor and Social Security ID Card) and Individual Taxpayer Registration Number Card
    - Proof of residence (utility bills, Electoral Court, proof of school enrollment, Emater, Municipal and State Departments for Agriculture, CRAS, and SUAS documents)
    - Bank account, savings account in the applicant's name or joint account. (Salary account is not valid to receive emergency compensation)
  • Minors under the age of 18:
    - Birth Certificate or identification document with photo (ID Card or Labor and Social Security ID Card) and Individual Taxpayer Registration Number Card
    - Proof of residence (proof of school enrollment)
    - Proof of legal guardian

Proof of residence:

Registration, up to the date of the dam breach, with the following entities: Electoral Court, proof of school enrollment, Cemig, Copasa, Emater, Municipal and State Departments for Agriculture, CRAS, and SUAS.


Payment Schedule

Vale must evaluate the documentation within a 10-working-day period. If the documentation presents no pending issue, Vale must make the payment within 10 business days. This payment will be made retroactively for 12 months – from January to December.

How to Cancel Registration and Return of Improperly Received Amounts

Those interested in returning the improperly received amount must make a deposit in Vale's bank account. After the deposit, stakeholders must go to one of Vale's Indemnity Registration Center – and provide an identification document with photo – to submit the proof of deposit and sign the Declaration of Deposit and Emergency Compensation Waiver Application.

If there is no Indemnity Registration Center in your city, you will need to go to the nearest Center. Upon submission of the proof of deposit and signatures of the required terms, the amounts will no longer be deposited monthly to the accounts of the stakeholders.

Vale Account

Payee: Vale S.A.
Bank 001: Banco do Brasil
CNPJ: 33.592.510/0001-54
Agency: 3180-1
Current account: 106561-0


Details about Emergency Compensation

Emergency compensation for residents of Brumadinho and regions close to Paraopeba river

One minimum wage per adult


50% of the minimum wage per adolescent


25% of the minimum wage per child


Basket of staples: Amount corresponding to one basket of staples for each family of Córrego do Feijão and Parque da Cachoeira communities, for a period of 12 months, as established in the hearing held on March 7. The amount is in accordance with the basket of staples established by the Inter-Union Department of Statistics and Socioeconomic Studies (DIEESE, Departamento Intersindical de Estatística e Estudos Socioeconômicos) and will be deposited in the bank account of the head of the family.

*Partial agreement so far – Valid for one year, as of January 25.

| Labor Indemnities

Vale and the Labor Prosecution Office of Minas Gerais signed, on July 15, 2019, an agreement whereby the phase of knowledge of the public-interest civil action was concluded. From this date, the families of workers who were victims of Dam 1 breach at Córrego do Feijão mine, in Brumadinho, will be entitled to receive compensation, by means of individual agreement.

Compensation Assumptions

  • Parents, spouses or partners and children of deceased workers will receive R$500,000, individually, for moral damage. Siblings will receive R$150,000
  • There will be an additional occupational accident insurance of R$200,000 for parents, spouses or partners and children individually
  • Compensation for material damage, whose minimum amount is R$800,000, will also be paid to the dependents per family
  • Daycare assistance of R$920 per month for children of deceased workers up to 3 years old, and educational assistance of R$998 per month for children between 3 and 25 years old, will also be paid
  • Medical insurance will be provided to spouses or partners (life-long) and children up to 25 years of age
  • The agreement also provides for stability to direct and third-party employees working at Córrego do Feijão on the day of the breach, and to survivors who were working at the time of the breach, for a period of 3 years from January 25, 2019, but it can be converted in money
  • Vale will deposit at the court's discretion, on August 6, 2019, the amount of R$400 million as collective moral damage

How to Register to Receive Labor Indemnity

Family members contemplated by the agreement can appoint a lawyer from union, a private lawyer, or the Labor Court of Betim (Minas Gerais) to join the Public-Interest Civil Action – process number 0010261-67.2019.5.03.0028 –, which is in the 5th Labor Court of Betim (Minas Gerais).

Want to know more about repair actions in Brumadinho and region?

Visit the Repair Overview page and check out photos, videos and the main data about Vale´s initiatives since the breach of Dam I.

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