Our Environment

Our Environment

Our Environment

Two Vale employees test the water by one of Vale's operations​As a mining company, we recognize that our operations have an impact on the environment. Vale is constantly searching for new and better ways to preserve the balance between human progress and the natural environment. When a work site has finished its lifecycle, we work as hard as we can to return it to the way it was before we got there.

Towards Sustainable Mining

Vale is an active member in the Mining Association of Canada (MAC) and voluntary participant in the association’s initiative called Towards Sustainable Mining (TSM). 

This initiative aims to improve the industry’s performance by aligning its actions with the priorities and values of Canadians. TSM provides a way of finding common ground with communities of interest in order to build a better mining industry, today and in the future. 

TSM is based on a set of guiding principles that are, in turn, supported by performance elements and indicators. 

Currently, Vale and its fellow Canadian mining companies measure four TSM performance indicators:

  • Crisis Management Planning
  • Energy Use and Greenhouse Gas Emissions Management
  • External Outreach
  • Tailings Management

MAC gathers members’ performance reports and releases them to the public in the annual TSM report. MAC is currently developing additional guidance on performance with respect to biodiversity conservation, aboriginal affairs, and safety and health performance.  

More detailed information can be found at the Towards Sustainable Mining website​

Our commitment: We are committed to keeping the air we breathe and the water in our lakes and rivers clean, fresh and healthy. We actively educate and train employees on environmentally responsible actions.​

Our Commitment to Water

Our Commitment to Reclamation and Decommissioning