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BHP Billiton is proud to be named by the Global Business Coalition on HIV/AIDS (“GBC”) as one of five winners of its 2004 Awards for Business Excellence. The award, made to BHP Billiton for its innovative HIV/AIDS programme in southern Africa, was presented to South Africa Chairman of BHP Billiton, Dr Vincent Maphai by GBC chairman Juergen Schrempp in Berlin, Germany on 21 April 2004.

Speakers at the awards ceremony included German Chancellor Gerhard Schröder, World Bank President James Wolfensohn, Chairman of DaimlerChrysler Jürgen Schrempp, U2 lead singer Bono and United States Global AIDS coordinator Ambassador Randall Tobias.

The GBC citation to the BHP Billiton Award states: “This year, we recognize the company BHP Billiton, with the newly created Innovation Award, for its stellar workplace HIV/AIDS response and especially for its pioneering, highly innovative efforts to reach out to the broader community by converting company-owned single-sex worker hostels into community centers. This approach does not only attempt to change the underlying social factors that put employees and communities at risk, but also provides support to people most heavily affected by the disease."  

Accepting the award, Dr. Maphai said: “I thank the Global Business Coalition for recognizing BHP Billiton’s efforts.  May the honour of this award encourage other companies to develop real and effective strategies in managing HIV/AIDS.  This award represents another important step in our drive towards achieving “Zero Harm” for every BHP Billiton employee and for the people in the communities in which we operate.”

For further information contact:

South Africa
Michael Campbell, Investor & Media Relations
Tel: +27 11 376 3360  Mobile: +27 82 458 2587

Tania Price, Media Relations
Tel: +61 3 9609 3815  Mobile: +61 419 152 780

United Kingdom
Ariane Gentil, Media Relations
Tel: +44 20 7802 4177


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