Our inclusion and diversity story
We’re committed to providing a safe, inclusive and diverse workplace. It’s a commitment that’s embedded in Our Charter and is critical to our success. In 2016, we set an aspirational goal to achieve gender balance globally by 2025. At the time, the mining industry had 16 per cent female representation. While BHP was slightly better at 17.6 per cent, it was simply not good enough. We knew we needed to do something different to improve. If we continued doing what we were doing, it would take us 30 years to get to 30 per cent female representation.
With more than 80,000 employees and contractors working across 90 locations worldwide, we knew we could create a big impact because inclusive and diverse teams are good for our business. Our numbers prove it – these teams are safer, more productive and have a better culture. Our aspiration is about harnessing the enormous potential that a more inclusive and diverse workplace will deliver at BHP, so we can leave a positive legacy for generations to come.
Partnering for Change
We’ve documented our inclusion and diversity progress in a collection of open and honest stories that recognise what’s possible when like-minded companies come together to create change for the better. There’s no better way to tell these stories than through the eyes of our trusted partners and our people.
Our approach to inclusion and diversity
Our strategy to achieve a more diverse and inclusive workplace is focused on four areas:
Our Global Inclusion and Diversity Council
Driving inclusion and diversity at BHP.
Our Global I&D Council defines our global inclusion and diversity strategy and priority actions and is supported by many local councils who are leading change on the ground.
Achieving gender balance
Our aspirational goal is to achieve gender balance globally by C2025. To date, we have increased the representation of women working at BHP to 29.8 per cent. There are over 5,000 more women now working at BHP than when we set our aspirational goal in 2016.
Our journey to gender balance
17.6% female - 82.4% male
20.5% female - 79.5% male
22.4% female - 77.6% male
24.5% female - 75.5% male
26.5% female - 73.5% male
29.8% female – 70.2% male
BHP's LGBT+ employee inclusion group
Jasper is our employee inclusion group for our LGBT+ community and its allies.
The aim of Jasper is to drive a safe, inclusive and supportive work environment for everyone by providing advice on ways to reduce bias and make sure LGBT+ people are respected and valued irrespective of their sexual or gender identity. It was formed to strengthen our culture through inclusion and diversity for all.
Meet the community close to our Potash operations
Our celebrations with Canada’s First Nations people close to our potash operations in Saskatoon are culturally significant because they represent the inclusive way in which we work together. Find out more here.
Flexible working at Spence Mine in Chile
Working a flexible roster has meant Kelly, a Planning Manager at our Spence Mine in Chile, doesn't have to choose between her family and her career.