Murilo Ferreira expresses full solidarity during press conference, to people affected by Samarco’s accident in Minas Gerais
During a press conference at 12:00 p.m., Wednesday, November 11, our CEO Murilo Ferreira, along with Ricardo Vescovi and Andrew Mackenzie, the CEO’s of Samarco and BHP Billiton respectively, spoke talk about the Samarco accident that occurred at Mariana, Minas Gerais, on November 5.
Murilo Ferreira opened the meeting, held at the Germano unit of Samarco by saying, “I would like to express our solidarity with the residents of Mariana and our dismay at what happened last Thursday. We are deeply saddened by the loss of life and the uncertainty about the missing of people”.
Vale and BHP are shareholders of Samarco, both holding 50% stake. We are joining forces in developing initiatives to support people affected by the accident. According to Murilo, the initiatives are being led by Samarco and Vale and BHP, acting as partners, will provide any support needed.
“I would like to explain that Samarco is not part of Vale. Samarco is an independent company, has its own governance and business decisions are taken by the Board of Directors. In this emergency situation, we are closer to them to be able to offer support in whatever way they need”, said Murilo.
Remembering one of our values, “Life matters most”, our CEO reinforced that at this moment people’s lives should be the focus. “Help, rebuild, support: we will do everything that we can to relieve the pain of the affected people. We are and will always be side by side with Samarco, the people of Minas Gerais and Espírito Santo, acting with transparency”, he said to the journalists.
Samarco employees are on paid leave until December, 1st, and after this period they will then be sent on collective vacations. During the interview, Samarco’s CEO denied rumors of dismissals and said that employees have being working 24 hours a day in solidarity, to support the victims and reduce environmental impacts.