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
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.
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
to gender equity
Vale’s progress in gender equality
% Representativeness of women by hierarchy
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
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
Access the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Report here and learn more.
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
company by 2050,
protect 500,000 hectares of
forests, achieve 100% self-production of renewable
in Brazil by 2025 and achieve 100% consumption of clean energy
about Vale's sustainable initiatives
Learn about the stories of women at Vale who are working for a better tomorrow:
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.