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Vale was known as Companhia Vale do Rio Doce (CVRD) until Nov 2007.  For items about the company prior to Nov 2007, see our website section on Companhia Vale do Rio Doce.

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11 December 2007

ICMM makes third submission to UN Special Representative on Human Rights

Author: Intl. Council on Mining & Metals (ICMM)

ICMM has made a third submission to the Special Representative of the UN Secretary General (SRSG) on Human Rights and Business. Each of the recommendations in ICMM’s third submission to the Special Representative of the UN Secretary General (SRSG) on...

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11 March 2008

Brazil landless blockade railway

Author: BBC News

Hundreds of landless farmers in Brazil blockaded a railway operated by mining giant Vale for several hours... The demonstrators said they were protesting against a hydroelectric dam built by Vale and an energy company that had, they said, displaced...

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  • Related companies: Vale
24 March 2008

Alcoa Invests Near Planned Mines [Brazil]

Author: Devon Maylie, Wall Street Journal

[access to full article requires paid subscription] Juruti, Brazil: The global commodities boom has spurred Alcoa Inc. to spend more than $35 million to bring a hospital, water system and technical skills to this remote jungle town…Humanitarian...

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16 May 2008
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Author: Milagros Salazar, IPS

El Tribunal Permanente de los Pueblos emitió una sanción moral contra las prácticas de 24 corporaciones europeas y los Estados que permiten la vulneración de derechos. El dictamen será enviado a cinco instancias internacionales, a los países afectados...

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20 August 2008

Amazon Indian Iron, Diamonds in Brazil May Turn Legal to Mine

Author: Diana Kinch, Bloomberg

For decades, Valeria Paye Pereira and her tribe of Tiriyo Indians in Brazil's Para state have fought wildcat miners...[who] have cut trees, polluted waters and attacked the tribe's wood-and-straw homes. Now, the 1,100-member tribe is taking its fight...

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24 September 2008

Brazilian First Lady discusses fight against child and adolescent exploitation and the promotion of World Congress III with business sector

Author: Agência Brasil

Business people and federal government representatives – including the Brazilian First Lady, Marisa Letícia – met on Wednesday (Sept. 18) to discuss strategies for fighting child sexual exploitation...the Chairperson of the Brazilian Communications...

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  • Related companies: Vale
1 September 2009

Carbon Disclosure Project finds improved disclosure of emissions among world's largest companies - Bayer, BASF, HSBC, Wal-Mart, Chevron lead

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1 September 2009

Plundering the Amazon

Author: Michael Smith, Adriana Brasileiro, Bloomberg Markets

Alcoa and Cargill have bypassed laws designed to prevent destruction of the world’s largest rain forest, Brazilian prosecutors say. The damage wrought by scores of companies is robbing the earth of its best shield against global warming. [refers to...

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1 September 2009

[PDF] Carbon Disclosure Project 2009 - Global 500 Report

Author: Carbon Disclosure Project

Following the increase in the number of CDP signatories, the standard of disclosure over the past seven years since the inception of CDP has increased dramatically... The number of Asian companies responding to CDP 2009 increasedby 39% (51 to 71) from...

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22 January 2010

Social risk mitigation taking mining’s centre stage

Author: Martin Creamer, Mining Weekly

Increasingly, the ability of a company to acquire a ‘social licence’ to mine is becoming very highly valued…Mine-impacted communities are expected to be treated fairly and more than 60 financial institutions have adopted the Equator Principles, which...

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