Vale’s CEO in Malaysia explains how the management system will support the company towards operational excellence

Vale is committed to becoming one of the safest and most trusted mining companies in the world. This is a global commitment as the company seeks the best measures to improve the safety and reliability of its operations. Leadership believes that Vale’s Management System (VPS) is the key to strengthening its organizational culture through people development, standardization of best practices, operational discipline and respect for routine.

Read the article published by the CEO of Vale in Malaysia, Rodrigo Araújo ?? who was one of the leaders in Vitória (state of Espírito Santo, Brazil) before becoming the country manager in Malaysia ?? to learn more about this system, its implementation and how it can benefit your business, employees and society.

In April, Vale’s CEO Eduardo Bartolomeo reaffirmed the company’s goal of transforming itself into one of the safest and most trusted mining companies in the world. His message also resonates in Malaysia and we are taking various measures to increase the level of safety and reliability in our operations, even during these uncertain times.

Having focused much of our energy on COVID-19 prevention and containment efforts since March, today we are in a position where we can comfortably embark on a long-term plan to create a better Valley in Malaysia. We believe that Vale’s Management System (VPS) is the way of the future.

Achieve operational excellence through VPS

The VPS is the key to strengthening Vale’s organizational culture through the development of people, standardization of best practices, operational discipline and respect for routine.

With VPS, we will reimagine the path to operational excellence. VPS is composed of three distinct dimensions: Leadership, Technique and Method (L, T, M). Strong security leadership is ineffective if not followed by the implementation of the correct technical methodologies across the board. The right technical forecasting and risk mapping may not effectively prevent incidents if leaders provide an obstacle to its implementation. A safe environment can only be achieved by synchronizing these three areas (L, T, M), joining them all together. It is about ?? and not ?? or ??.

The implementation of VPS creates an avenue for the contribution of everyone within the organization. Does it also provide an official tool for checks and counterweights ?? where feedback at different levels of the organization is welcome. Therefore, as we intensify our drive to improve operational safety and efficiency through VPS over the next 12 months, we will also strengthen our determination to create a workplace where everyone feels empowered and belongs. This is where Vale’s commitment to inclusiveness and diversity is crucial. We want everyone to feel comfortable enough to express and share their feelings about the issues they care about, and it starts with listening and exercising a strong sense of empathy within the organization.

Inclusiveness to forge a culture of safety

Creating a safety culture implies effective communication that transcends all levels of the organization. This is why we are embarking on the development of more inclusive HSE communication materials this year. All HSE policies, institutional documentation and standard operating procedures are translated into Malay to maximize the accessibility of these materials to the entire local workforce.

To create a seamless safety dialogue and feedback ecosystem within Vale in Malaysia, managers are encouraged to conduct regular sessions with their team members to foster no-holds-barred conversations anchored in honesty and professionalism. . All leaders and supervisors must also conduct regular walkabouts and site visits to ensure that everyone fully understands the situation on the ground. We believe in an open and transparent dialogue.

Getting to zero? Hit a paradigm shift

Accident statistics are not like other statistics. That’s why safety is our number one priority. With VPS, do we want to achieve operational excellence, finding the perfect harmony between production efficiency and safety? with people always at the center of the decision-making process.

Ultimately, I believe that the success of our transition to safer and more efficient operations depends on the willingness of our people to accept the change. Does Vale have a relatively new presence in Malaysia ?? the Teluk Rubiah Maritime Terminal (TRMT) opened in 2014. Is our workforce young ?? more than half of our permanent staff in Malaysia are graduates of Vale’s Young Apprentice Programs. This provides us with a unique opportunity to pave the way for Vale globally in implementing a successful security culture change. It will be our legacy.

Rodrigo Ribeiro de Araújo

CEO of Vale in Malaysia


Vale is a global mining company, which transforms natural resources into prosperity and sustainable development. Based in Brazil and present in around 30 countries, we employ around 125,000 people including direct employees and permanent collaborators.

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