The Sustainability Report presents the economic, social and environmental results attained by Vallourec companies in Brazil. The report follows the guidelines of the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) and presents results and forms of management of the main themes, impacts and challenges of our activities.
Vallourec companies in Brazil are committed to the rational use of natural resources, in all their processes. They closely track, control and monitor indicators related to the management of atmospheric emissions, water resources, effluents, waste and co-products, and biodiversity.
They invest in actions aimed at energy efficiency, environmental education practices, aimed at the internal public and the communities near the operating units, as well as the continuous improvement of their processes.
With the “Zero Tailings” Dam project, the waste generated at Vallourec Mineração that would be released in conventional dam goes through the filtration process, which removes much of the water. The final material, which is less than 18% moisture, can be stacked without the risk of instability and collapse. Part of the final tailing of this reprocessing is used as raw material for construction products: small blocks, blocks, bricks, tiles, which can be applied to houses, paving, etc. The other is arranged in piles of sterile and revegetated.
Vallourec is proud to offer to the market, green pipe, made 100% from charcoal from planted forests and iron ore.
An important ally in the sustainability journey and commitment to control the impacts of climate change, charcoal effectively contributes to making the Company’s processes increasingly efficient and sustainable by reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.
Vallourec has environmental education practices targeted to its internal and external audiences with the main goal of expanding people’s awareness about their role in preserving natural resources and biodiversity. The units of Barreiro and Jeceaba, in addition to Mineração and Florestal units, maintain Environmental Education Programs (EEP).
Additionally, Vallourec is accountable for maintaining the Environmental Education Center of Barreiro, owned by the Municipality and located next to the plant in Belo Horizonte. The 20 hectares area preserves typical Savanna, Atlantic Forest, and Transition Forest vegetation, in addition to species introduced for the enrichment of biodiversity.
Safety is the greatest asset for Vallourec Group in the world and drives all its initiatives. Through structured practices and programs, the Company is permanently dedicated to strengthening the safety culture and protecting the health of its employees.
In addition to promoting a safe work environment, Vallourec is committed to the occupational health and well-being of its employees. In accordance with the legislation, all units have ergonomic programs and periodic examinations to verify the health condition of the professional.
Integrated Management System Policy
Vallourec has the most renown certifications. These attest to the excellence of management in product quality, administration, environmental administration, health and work safety.