15 February 2016
In November 2015, BHP Billiton employees joined five million people by taking part in Movember, a yearly campaign raising funds and awareness for men’s health. The work of the Movember Foundation is focused on four areas: prostate cancer, testicular cancer, physical inactivity and improving mental health.
In Australia, BHP Billiton was awarded ‘Highest Fundraising Company’ for the Mining Industry Challenge, raising over A$200,000. This also put BHP Billiton at top fundraising company for all of Australia.
Participants grew a moustache for the month of November, took part in the MOVE Challenge or registered as a Mo’ Sista to start a conversation about men’s health.
Employees across our entire business took part. Clayton Angel, Principal Advisor Health and Safety, Western Australian Iron Ore, led BHP Billiton’s Western Australia Iron Ore campaign and was impressed with the Company’s efforts.
“We had a spectacular year as far as getting the message out that men need to take care of their health,” Mr Angel said. “Men don't talk about their health and are generally quiet sufferers. From our mental wellbeing through to our physical health we often leave it until we get a warning sign before we do anything.”
“Together we can make a big difference to change the face of men’s health.”
The mining industry in Australia collectively raised more than A$595,000 for men’s health in 2015.