Over the course of more than a decade, one of the greatest legacies of the Vale Volunteers program has been to help take our values off the drawing board and put them into practice. Following the program’s structuring, corporate volunteering has gained strength at Vale and fostered an environment conducive to participation.
There are now local volunteering coordination committees in 11 Brazilian states, as well as countries such as Oman, Malaysia, Mozambique and China. In Brazil alone, there are 24 committees spreading solidarity across the country.
Together with the volunteers program, Vale holds an annual Volunteering Day (“V Day”), a great event that unites and mobilizes the company’s employees. V Day is always held on the first Sunday of December, to tie in with international Volunteer Day, established by the UN as December 5.
Read some key figures about our initiatives
Only in 2017 there were:
in eight Brazillian states
with Volunteering activities
Vale Volunteers program celebrates 14 years of comprehensive solidarity
It all began with employees’ desire to do good. It was with this spirit of solidarity that the Vale Volunteers program was created in 2004, with the aim of formally channelling this altruistic desire and vocation that we saw overflowing in employees. Since then, there have been 14 years of support, organization, recognition and mobilization involving social initiatives undertaken by our volunteers, organized by regional committees, which implement projects and turn them into beautiful benevolent reality!
Projects that have marked a decade of solidarity
Luiza de Marilac Rest Home: dignity in the third age
The committee has given continuous support to the Luiza de Marilac Rest Home, through a variety of activities such as parties, workshops, campaigns to collect food and clothing, and renovations, among other things.
“Vira Lata” can collection project: a true friend of citizenship and the environment
Created in 2005 by the Itabira committee in Minas Gerais, the group of volunteers known as “Vira Lata” has collected aluminum cans discarded by Vale employees and contractors in order to recycle and sell them, instead of being thrown away. The funds raised are used to buy wheelchairs and shower chairs for people with disabilities in the region, helping to improve the community’s quality of life.
V Day: initiatives benefit more than 2,000 people in 2017
Motivation, solidarity and satisfaction are some of the feelings that drive those who donate their time and talent to make others happy. It was with this spirit of altruism that around 400 employees from Vale sites in seven Brazilian states met on Vale’s Volunteering Day (“V Day”). They worked on 25 projects that helped to enrich the lives of more than 2,000 people.
Initiatives in 2014
Solidarity that is spreading across Brazil
The initiatives organized by the different regional committees showed how good examples are contagious and lasting. The activities conducted included donations of clothes and food, renovations of spaces, clean-up campaigns, recreation and even a visit by Santa Claus to a lunchtime party.
Some examples of initiatives:
Vale Volunteers Awards
The Vale Volunteers Awards were created in 2009 to encourage the Vale Volunteers’ initiatives. Since then more than R$220,000 has been distributed in prizes.
The program was created in 2004 to recognize and support existing volunteering initiatives being run spontaneously by employees. It is now present in 10 Brazilian states (Bahia, Espírito Santo, Pará, Maranhão, Goiás, Mato Grosso do Sul, Minas Gerais, Rio de Janeiro, São Paulo and Sergipe), and is coordinated by 30 regional committees. In 2012 the program was rolled out in Malaysia, and the following year in Oman.
One of the awards’ aims is to make these successful volunteering projects become self-sustaining.
Find out the winner of the awards in 2014: