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9/18/2015

Find out more about Vale International SA’s building in Switzerland

Vale’s building in Switzerland
Vale’s building in Switzerland, constructed in line with ecological criteria and Minergie quality certification

Vale has been present in Switzerland since the establishment in 2006 of Vale International SA, a wholly owned subsidiary of Vale International Holdings GmbH. Vale’s office in the city of Saint-Prex is responsible for marketing and sales for iron ore, nickel, copper and coal in Europe, the Middle East and North America.

In the corporate area, the office also performs functions in areas such as Human Resources, Finance, Risk Management, External Affairs, Communications, Tax and Legal, contributing to the development of Vale’s businesses and reputation.

The Swiss office has played a crucial role in the global expansion of Vale’s operations. Besides providing a valuable channel with global markets, it helps the company to maintain closer contact with international customers, monitoring their demands and contract performance.

Ecological building
Sustainability

Vale invested around 50 million Swiss francs to build Vale International SA’s main office in Saint-Prex. Designed by two architects, one Swiss and the other Brazilian, the building was constructed in line with ecological criteria and Minergie quality certification. This Swiss certification sets standards for the sustainable use of renewable energy and results in lower negative construction impacts on the environment. The building was opened in 2009.

As in Brazil, Vale has been investing in social initiatives to contribute to social development in Switzerland and Europe, with partnerships with important international organizations, such as WEF, EITI, WBCSD, OECD/BIAC, EUROMETAUX, and the Nickel Institute.

On the one hand, the company seeks to strengthen the transparency of its operations, sharing activities and initiatives based on sustainability. On the other hand, it has the opportunity to learn from best practices adopted by other companies and monitor key trends appearing in the market.

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Find out more about Vale International SA’s building in Switzerland