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Socioeconomic Progress

Social-economic advance

Canaã dos Carajás, where the company has operated a copper mining complex since 2004, and which is home to S11D, the biggest project in its history and one of the most important in the mining industry. The figures show that the municipality has grown exponentially. The municipality comes at the top of the FIRJAN Municipal Development Index (IFDM) ranking in Pará, ahead of the state capital, Belém, and other state capitals around the country, such as Manaus, Salvador and Maceió.

During the peak of the works:



During the mine’s operating stage:


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indirect jobs

Social improvement

A reliable power supply for all

Through a partnership between Vale, local utility company Centrais Elétricas do Pará and the municipal government, 69 km of transmission lines have been built, in addition to two substations: one in Parauapebas and the other in the municipality of Canaã.

Partnership for security

Vale entered into an agreement with the State Public Security Secretariat to structure a citizen service complex, consisting of the Integrated Pro-Peace Unit, Pro-Peace Space and fire brigade outpost.

Primary Health Care Project

Developed together with the Municipal Health Secretariat, the purpose of the project is to prevent infant mortality and morbidity. It includes training for health care agents, measures to strengthen municipal management and campaigns with the community.

Pact for Public Education Improvement

Vale has supported the renovation and building of schools in Canaã, in addition to providing education professionals with refresher training. The investment in infrastructure also included the construction of two schools with the capacity for 600 students and the renovation and improvement of 20 other institutions.

Job Market Preparation Program

The program is aimed at preparing the workforce to act in different functions. Of all the trainees who have completed the 12 courses provided by Senai, more than 90% have been hired by the company.

Basic sanitation Plan

Vale provided specialist technical advice and supported the training of around 150 municipal employees and 50 community leaders. Once its sanitation plan was ready, the municipality was able to obtain public resources to expand and enhance the local water supply and solid waste treatment systems.


During work on the railway branch, for example, Vale deployed a van around 10 communities near the new line, conveying information on the project and running informative campaigns on health, safety, the environment and traffic. The van also received and gave feedback regarding demands and issues raised by the population.


Almost 2,200 acres of degraded areas by livestock should be recovered.

The company promotes educational actions about forest restoration in rural communities.

300 million metric tons of ultrafine iron ore will no longer be discarded as waste.

curiosidade S11D