On August 19th, we celebrate World Humanitarian Day in honor of all people who dedicate their lives to building a better future through humanitarian action. This year’s campaign highlights the thousands of volunteers, professionals and people affected by crises who provide urgent healthcare, shelter, food, protection, water and more. Faced with the health crisis caused by the Covid-19 pandemic around the world in recent years, the work of these people has become even more remarkable and necessary.
At Vale, given the difficulties faced by the communities where we operate, our company and employees also use their voices and resources to help others. Discover some of these actions:
Since the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic, Vale has taken a series of measures, aiming at the guidance, prevention and safety of people. Our company has contributed, around the world, with donations to help fight the disease. Among the items donated are millions of medicines, respirators, PPE and syringes for frontline professionals. In addition to research and financial support for the development of vaccines and help for families in situations of social vulnerability.
Did you know that?
On August 19, 2003, a bomb attack on the Hotel Canal in Baghdad (Iraq) killed 22 humanitarian workers, including Sergio Vieira de Mello, a Brazilian who was the UN Secretary General’s Special Representative for Iraq. Five years later, the United Nations General Assembly adopted a resolution designating August 19 as World Humanitarian Day (WHD).
Each year, the date focuses on a topic, bringing together partners from across the humanitarian system to defend the survival, well-being and dignity of people affected by crises, and the safety and protection of humanitarian workers.