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Protect our assets

We all have an obligation to protect BHP’s assets and use them for their intended purpose. Assets include physical and non-physical property such as equipment, inventory, technology, money, intellectual property (IP) and company information and data.

Competitively sensitive and proprietary information are also considered assets. This includes:

  • operational data, such as production and maintenance data, master data and data related to our equipment sensors and process control systems
  • strategic and marketing plans
  • information used in trading activities 
  • research and other technical data. 

Protect our assets

  • What this means for you

    You are responsible for appropriately using and safeguarding BHP’s assets. You are also expected to respect the physical and non-physical assets of others, and never knowingly damage or misappropriate those assets including information and technology.


    You are expected to capture or create data that meets our data quality standards. If you’re not sure of the standards, refer to the BHP Data Catalogue.


    Never share confidential information or competitively sensitive information without authorisation from your line leader. If unsure, ask your leader, 2-Up, Ethics and Investigations, Compliance or Legal.


    We are all responsible for protecting BHP’s assets and this includes preventing and detecting fraud. Fraud is any deliberate act of deception which is undertaken for personal or third-party gain, and which may result in financial or nonfinancial loss to BHP or another party. Examples may include, but are not limited to, making false statements or falsifying documents to obtain a personal commission or award, misusing BHP’s information for personal advantage or physical theft.

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• Use our assets for their intended purpose.

• Protect our assets from waste, damage, misuse, interference, unauthorised access, modification or disclosure loss, fraud and theft.

• Report any potential waste, damage, misuse, loss, fraud or theft of our assets.

• Prevent unauthorised personnel from accessing our facilities, information, data or other assets, where possible and safe to do so.

• Report suspicious emails, text or calls to Cybersecurity.

• Immediately report actual or suspected ransomware or cyber extortion incidents to Cybersecurity.

• Refer to data retention and disposal schedules in the BHP Data Catalogue before disposing of data.

• Follow the Our Requirements for Information Governance and Controlled Documents standard when creating, capturing or managing information.

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• Use BHP’s assets for personal gain.

• Take physical property or information assets belonging to BHP for personal use.

• Transfer BHP data or information outside of BHP systems without prior approval from your line leader and/or information owner.

• Enter into any fraudulent or illegal transactions or fail to report any fraudulent activity.

• Take any action that undermines the integrity of vendor or customer data in our systems.

• Permit unauthorised entry to a BHP site or office, or access to our information technology.

• Ignore security complaints or an inadequate security procedure that may present threats to our people or assets.

Hypothetical scenarios

  • Q: My team has recently changed to a new performance monitoring application. No one uses the old system. Can I delete the data in the old system?
    A: Historical data is an asset. The data retention and disposal schedule in the BHP Data Catalogue should be consulted before deleting data.
  • Q: While at work, a co-worker asked me to perform a minor repair on his personal vehicle so he could get home safely. Given it’s a small job it won’t take long to fix, and we’re not busy today, is it okay if I use my work tools?
    A: It is never ok to use BHP property, tools or equipment for personal use no matter how quick the job may be. Tools should only be used on BHP equipment and for work purposes. If you are concerned about the safety of your colleague’s means of transport, please deal with that as you would any other safety concern but it is never ok to conduct repairs using BHP property.


  • Q:  I work as an Administrative Assistant and sometimes my line leader asks me to perform work for his personal business during work time. I don’t want to question my line leader or 2Up leader, or get anyone into trouble, but I also don’t want to do anything wrong. What should I do?
    A: You should not be asked to work on personal business matters or use BHP property, including Technology systems, for these purposes. BHP’s assets, information systems and communication resources should only be used for BHP business purposes. You should tal to the Ethics and Investigations team, Legal or contact EthicsPoint.
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How to speak up

If you have questions about Our Code, speak to your line leader, 2Up leader, Ethics and Investigations, Compliance, Legal, Employee Relations advisor, HR Business Partner or contact EthicsPoint. Anyone who works with us, on our behalf, or is associated with us, can also access EthicsPoint.

Online: EthicsPoint online

Phone: EthicsPoint Telephone