Vale, a global mining company headquartered in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil is the leader of the extraction and processing of iron ore, and is also one of the leading international groups active in the extraction of other natural resources such as coal, copper, manganese, nickel, phosphate and potash.
The company places the entrepreneurial ethics and economic, social and environmental responsibilities at the heart of its values. But the priority is respect for human life. By creating and sharing these values, we can positively contribute to the lives of our employees, our partners and the communities in which we operate, leaving a lasting legacy for coming generations. Since 2012, Vale in Switzerland is the principal partner of Trako, a non-profit association for developing judo classes in public schools, founded by Sergei Aschwanden, bronze medalist at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. Thanks to the commitment of Vale International SA, Trako expanded its project since February 2013 to fifteen schools in the cantons of Vaud, Geneva, Solothurn, Bern and is looking for a further extension in the German part of Switzerland, in the cantons of Aargau, St. Gallen, Zurich and in the Italian part of Switzerland Tessin. Actually we have 1’200 children participating at the project. Vale contributes to the development of young people through sports since 2008, by the creation of the knowledge-based program "Brasil Vale Ouro" whose methodology is based on the four pillars developed by the International Commission on Education of the Twenty-First century for UNESCO: learning to know, learning to do, learning to live together and learning to be. More than 2,500 children and teenagers practice football, judo, swimming and athletics in five centers across Brazil yearly. The Brasil Vale Ouro program allows social inclusion and performance in sports in a complementary manner.