Women gain more and more space in mining
Operate equipment, plan mines, carry out field inspections and
lead teams. There is no activity that we cannot perform. Women
have been gaining more and more space in mining, a sector that
for years was predominantly male. Gradually and with
competence, we overcame prejudices and started to occupy the
most diverse positions, reinforcing the maxim that a
woman's place is wherever she wants.
However, the sector still needs to move forward to become more
inclusive and attractive to take in women. Currently, female
participation in Brazilian mining is 13%, compared to 44% in
other segments. Improving this scenario is imperative for the
mining industry to become more competitive and sustainable,
having different perspectives to enrich decision-making.
Discussions about diversity have intensified in companies and,
at Vale, a lot of work is being done.
We have been going through an intense process of cultural
transformation since 2019, reflecting on our role in society.
In this journey, we signed a commitment to value diversity and
promote equity and inclusion. We are developing a number of
strategic initiatives to achieve the goals we have set.
Among them is the goal of doubling the representation of women
by 2025, from 13% to 26%. We are working on several fronts to
eliminate barriers that make it difficult to hire and retain
women, expanding gender diversity in an intersectional way.
The numbers show that we are on the right track: between
December 2019 and November 2021, the percentage of female
employees at Vale worldwide increased from 13.5% to 18.7%.
There are about 4,500 more women in the company. We also
increased the number of women in senior leadership positions
Between 2020 and 2021, we hired a thousand women through the
Professional Training Program to work in our operational units
in Brazil. Last year, we launched an exclusive selection
process for engineers, analysts and managers. We also
prioritize hiring women in our trainee programs. In the 2020
edition, we had 61% women, a percentage that increased to 68%
in the 2021 edition. These professionals are prepared to
assume leadership positions in the company in the future.
We believe that these initiatives focused on inclusion and
diversity contribute to promoting an increasingly
collaborative, innovative and attractive environment for new
In order to reinforce that there is indeed space for women in
mining and that they are everywhere at Vale, we created the
webseries “Mining by Women”. The second season was released
last year and had diversity as a guideline in a broad way,
highlighting other identities and characteristics besides
gender, and the episodes are on our website and social
networks. The project was conceived and produced by women and,
in addition to valuing our talents, it seeks to inspire even
more professionals to build a career in the mine industry.
After all, we are sure that mining for them and for them will
increase the generation of value for the whole of society.
Executive Vice President of People