environment

We all need to demonstrate our environmental responsibility by understanding and minimising impacts and contributing to lasting environmental benefits at every stage of our operations.

Expectations and resources

Our approach to environmental management is based on the identification, assessment and control of risks across all phases from exploration to development, operation and closure.

  • Our expectations of you

    You must understand the potential environmental impacts of the tasks you perform and look at ways you can avoid, minimise and rehabilitate impacts to air, water, land and biodiversity, including greenhouse gas emissions in accordance with Our Requirements for Environment and Climate Change. Where actual or potential environmental incidents or spills occur you must report these, regardless of severity. If residual environmental impacts remain to important biodiversity and ecosystems, you must implement compensatory actions.

    If you have a suggestion as to how we can improve environmental stewardship and contribute to lasting environmental benefits discuss them with your line leader or 2Up leader.
  • Our expectations of others who work with us

    Those who work with us must comply with our environmental requirements. Refer to Our Requirements for Environment and Climate Change (external version) or speak to your primary contact for more information about our environmental requirements.

  • Where to go for help

    • Your line leader or 2Up leader
    • Health, Safety and Environment
    • Legal
    • Human Resources
    • EthicsPoint
  • Tools and resources

Guidance


Always

  • Identify, assess and take steps to avoid and minimise environmental impacts associated with your work.
  • Identify and report opportunities to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, including improving energy efficiency.
  • Identify and report opportunities to improve water management, including water efficiency and minimising pollution.
  • Immediately stop any work that may contribute to a significant environmental or community incident.
  • Report to your line leader or 2Up leader any actual or potential impact to the environment or communities from an accident, incident, spill or release of material.
  • Encourage our suppliers, joint venture partners, customers and other third parties to minimise their environmental impacts.

Never

  • Ignore a potential or actual environmental incident, or assume that someone else will report it.
  • Undertake work that has the potential to impact on the environment unless you are trained and competent to do so and controls are in place to minimise environmental impacts.
  • Engage contractors, suppliers, customers or joint venture partners without an assessment that takes into account their environment and community impacts, risks, controls and performance.


Example questions and answers


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Performance of suppliers

Question - Our waste is disposed off-site by a licensed waste facility that is audited by our regulators. Do I also have to review their performance?
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    Yes, you should review the performance of all suppliers to ensure they manage their environmental performance appropriately. Direct, indirect and cumulative environmental impacts and their associated risks and controls need to be assessed by BHP. This includes environmental impacts associated with our direct operational activities, impacts from others as a result of activities on which our operations rely and impacts from others that may increase the severity of our own impacts.

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Incidents

Question - When it rains I have noticed overflows of water from site to a neighbouring creek, what should I do?
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    You should report the issue as an incident, seek advice from your site environmental personnel and make operations aware of the issue. An investigation will need to occur to determine whether there are any potential impacts from the overflow to the creek or surrounding environment. Reporting the issue as an incident will also ensure any regulatory agencies are notified, and an analysis of the incident, root causes, preventative actions and learnings are disseminated.

 Report a concern

 

In person: Speak to your line leader, 2Up leaders or Human Resources representative

Email: Ethics.Team@bhp.com

Online: EthicsPoint Online

Phone: EthicsPoint Telephone

Mail

BHP Business Conduct,
GPO Box 86,
Melbourne,
Victoria 3001, Australia