Vale's Statement on the Bill 191/2020

3/22/2022

Vale's Statement on the Bill 191/2020

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Vale considers that the Bill 191/2020 does not meet the objective of regulating the constitutional provision that includes the possibility of economic activities, including mining, on indigenous lands in Brazil.

Vale's performance is guided by the respect for the rights of indigenous peoples and the company understands that mining on indigenous lands may only take place with the Free, Prior and Informed Consent (FPIC) of the indigenous themselves and in light of a regulatory framework that contemplates the participation and autonomy of indigenous peoples. The recognition of FPIC is essential to meet the rights of indigenous populations to determine their own development and the right to exercise self-determination in face of decisions that concern their territories.

Vale also reinforces that it does not have any mining rights nor does it carry out any research or mining activities on indigenous land in Brazil. Last year, the company announced the relinquishment of all its mining processes on indigenous lands in the country, which includes research and mining requirements. Withdrawal requests were filed with the National Mining Agency (ANM) throughout 2021.

Vale develops activities in traditional lands in countries where there are regulations in force, such as Voisey's Bay in Canada, always with strict observance of the principles mentioned above, with emphasis on Free, Prior and Informed Consent (FPIC), as legally applied in the jurisdictions in which Vale has mining activities.

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Vale's Statement on the Bill 191/2020