Women at Vale

Women at Vale

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Women who transform the future

Advances in gender equality at Vale leverage a more cooperative, innovative and attractive environment for new talents. ​

At Vale, we believe that the female presence is essential for building a more egalitarian and sustainable future. Our recent initiatives focused on inclusion and diversity help us to make further progress in creating a more cooperative, innovative and attractive environment for new talent.​

Studies, research or actions at Vale, with the participation of women, advance in all the countries we are present and cast new perspectives on our challenges in all sectors. In sustainability, for example, several solutions for adapting, mitigating and responding to climate change have been led by our scientists.

In this space, we present our vision on gender equality, the evolution of the goal of doubling the number of women at Vale by 2025 and stories that recognize their contribution to the company and inspire future talent.​

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Did you know?

According to the United Nations, women are more vulnerable than men to the impacts of climate change, as they are the majority in the poorest countries that are more dependent on natural resources. On the other hand, the organization points out stories of women professionals who stand out as agents of change in this context, leading sustainability initiatives around the world.​

Women’s participation in decision-making related to climate change is essential for sustainable development, as it “brings new realistic and sensitive views to the topic”, according to the UN. Therefore, the entity’s conclusion is that gender equity is a prerequisite for a sustainable and equitable future.​

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Vale's commitments
to gender equity

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Vale’s progress in gender equality

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Read the article by the Executive Vice President of People at Vale, Marina Quental, about the space of women in mining.​

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 by 80%.

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 talents.

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.


Marina Quental

Executive Vice President of People

Access the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Report here and learn more.

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What is the role of Vale's women in the sustainable development of the planet?

Vale has invested in several initiatives to promote a more sustainable tomorrow. In this scenario, the focus on diversity and inclusion for recruiting new talent contributes to the creation and development of innovative actions.

In all Brazilian states and countries where Vale operates, women with inspiring stories lead major projects focused on sustainability. The actions have major impacts on communities and contribute to Vale's environmental goals.

Among the commitments made by Vale is to become a zero carbon company by 2050, protect 500,000 hectares of forests, achieve 100% self-production of renewable electricity in Brazil by 2025 and achieve 100% consumption of clean energy sources globally.

Learn more about Vale's sustainable initiatives

Learn about the stories of women at Vale who are working for a better tomorrow:​
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Tereza
Giannini
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Patricia
Daros
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Miaad
Alshidi
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Olga
Kovalik
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Marcia
Belix
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Juliana
Andrade
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Priscila Herrera
Diez​
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Claudia
Nobre
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Luciana
Rodrigues
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Tereza Giannini

At Vale since 2014, the São Paulo native woman moved to Belém, where she works at the Vale Sustainable Development Technological Institute (ITVDS). Currently, Tereza is vice coordinator and advisor in the Professional Master's program at ITV.

With her scientific research linked to biodiversity, especially in the Carajás National Forest, she studies the role that different animals play as seed dispersers and pest controllers.

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Patricia Daros

Heading the Nature-Based Solutions area, Patricia Daros is directly involved in initiatives that contribute to advances in good environmental practices and forest biodiversity conservation, which result in a more sustainable future.

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Miaad Alshidi

As a Sustainability Specialist at Vale in Oman, Miaad Alshidi seeks to impact society while maintaining operational excellence. She believes that creating a sustainable tomorrow is everyone's responsibility and must necessarily involve gender equity.

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Olga Kovalik

Canadian Olga Kovalik started her career as a planning engineer at Vale, in Canada. Since June 2021, she has been director of Capital Projects at Vale. With over 25 years of experience in the metals and mining industry, she has held leadership roles in business development, operations, finance and large capital projects. It also stands out for its performance in negotiations with partners, governments and communities.​

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Marcia Belix

A professional with over 15 years of experience in HSE and Quality Management, Marcia worked in different economic segments before joining Vale, having gone through industrial assembly (chemical and petrochemical), mining, steel and metallurgy. Currently, her work at the company aims at pragmatic compliance with current regulations, contributing to a safe environment and generating the least possible impact on the business, ensuring its sustainability.​

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Juliana Andrade

Mother of Ana and Oto, chemical engineer Juliana Andrade works as Project Manager for Base and Special Metals + Planning. Juliana has also developed several multicultural projects and training abroad. Among his passages are countries such as Australia, Canada, Peru and Chile, always representing Vale in important initiatives such as the acquisition of INCO in 2005 and participating in the board meetings and committees of the Joint Venture Miskymayo responsible for the operation of the Bayovar Phosphates mine in Peru, before the sale of Vale Fertilizantes.​

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Priscila Herrera Diez

Daughter of a Bolivian immigrant and a Brazilian, mechanical engineer and computer technician Priscila Herrera spent a good part of her life in a mechanical workshop, which aroused her interest in the subject. In 2014, she started her career as a programmer for Vale’s capital projects team and took the opportunity to specialize in mining to work as a budget engineer in the Geotechnical Structures De-characterization team. ​

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Claudia Nobre

With more than twenty-five years of experience in the area of engineering, development of projects and works, Claudia has been working at Vale for 17 years. During this period, she has coordinated projects in the areas of Pelletizing, Logistics, Utilities, Environmental and Social/Support for Local Communities. Currently, she is responsible for the integration and management of the scope, term and cost of these investments, seeking to guarantee the technical quality of the projects and the physical and financial adherence of the investments. ​

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Luciana Rodrigues

From João Monlevade, in Minas Gerais, Luciana has more than 14 years of experience, is a civil production engineer and has worked at Vale for 2 years in the management of the implementation of railway projects. She currently leads the economic management and project planning teams. In another period of her professional life, she worked in the corporate area of projects at Vale, supporting the implementation of the project management model and in the control and monitoring. In this experience, Luciana had the opportunity to work on national and international projects. ​

Women at Vale

66% of those selected in the 2021 Trainee Program declared themselves to be black ou brown.

68% of those selected in the 2021 Trainee Program are women.

In 2019, we announced the goal of doubling the number of women working at Vale by 2030, from 13% to 26%.

We also set a goal of doubling the presence of women in leadership roles from 12% to 20% by 2030.​

As of June 2021, 48% of new hires by Vale were women - in an industry historically with a majority presence of men.​​

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