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The stories behind our ads

Our new advertising campaign highlights some of the things big thinkers have done to make our planet more sustainable.

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Sustainability Report 2020

BHP’s strategy of owning and operating long-life assets means that we need to think and plan in decades.

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Our commodities

The commodities we produce are the building blocks of the modern world – from the iron ore and metallurgical coal that create steel for construction, to the nickel powering the electric vehicle revolution, to the copper enabling the next generation of renewable infrastructure.

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Only a big thinker could turn steel into oxygen.

The building in our ad is a model of sustainability. In fact, it was one of the first buildings in New York to earn a LEED Gold Certification for its low environmental impact.

So how were its architects able to provide better air quality for the people who live there? Their solution was a rainscreen system — a ventilated space between the steel facade of the building and the interior cladding. Located in the base of the tower, this gap between surfaces removes moisture and allows natural air to constantly circulate through the apartments and common spaces. 

This novel approach is just one way architects are lowering our reliance on air conditioning and how much energy we use.

BHP joins responsible steel  Iron ore, met coal and chinas steel reforms

steel buildings

Big thinkers don’t just ask the big questions. They answer them.

Today’s big questions about alternative energy are being answered by technology that does more than lower heating and cooling costs.

For example, copper-powered solar farms now prevent the production of poisonous algae. Clothing made from solar fabrics are keeping us warmer. And photovoltaic solar noise barriers can generate power from highway traffic noise.

That’s actually two big answers in one. But that’s not surprising. Because when it comes to big thinkers, there will always be something new under the sun.

One step closer to renewable energy boost for closed mine sites  Here comes the sun

solar panels

Big thinkers leave smaller carbon footprints

Meeting global goals on climate change is a particular challenge for carmakers. 

Thankfully, big thinkers are using electric batteries, and the copper inside, to steer us toward a future that reduces a car’s carbon footprint. And their work has already made an impact. 

In Europe, for example, the lifecycle emission figures of electric vehicles have been shown to be considerably lower than those of conventional vehicles. 


Light electric vehicles and our commitment to sustainable technology


electric car

Big thinkers know it takes resources to protect resources

Water isn’t just a resource for life’s necessities. It’s a resource for life itself.

So it only follows that BHP’s water recycling efforts are a major part of our sustainability work. But we know that’s not enough. In fact, our ultimate goal is to live in a water-secure world by 2030. So we created guidelines that are aligned with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

We’re also making it a priority to manage water-related risks throughout our operations, from opening desalination plants to the methods we use to extract water for iron ore processing. After all, advocating for water stewardship goes a lot further when there’s a solid commitment behind it.

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Our position on climate change

Warming of the climate is unequivocal, the human influence is clear and physical impacts are unavoidable. We believe that...

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Climate change governance

Climate change is a material governance and strategic issue and is routinely on the Board agenda, including as part of strategy discussions, portfolio reviews and investment decisions, risk management oversight and monitoring, and performance against our commitments.

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Portfolio analysis

In the BHP Climate Change Report 2020, we describe core elements of our latest portfolio analysis, including a new 1.5°C scenario.

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Value chain emissions reductions

At BHP, we recognise the importance of taking action to support efforts to reduce emissions across our full value chain, as the emissions from our customers’ use of our products are significantly higher than those from our operated assets.

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Risk management

Risk management accountability and oversight is an integral part of BHP’s governance.

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Operational GHG emissions

Reducing GHG emissions at our operated assets is a key component of our climate change strategy.

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Working with nature to clean up mining impacted lands and water

BHP has now partnered with the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) to work with local universities to find a sustainable way to both clean up legacy mining impacts.

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Introduction and our approach to community

We are committed to contributing to society through engagement and advocacy on important issues and by supporting targeted development areas to benefit the communities where we operate.

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Supporting diversity at our operations

The commercial case for improving diversity is compelling. BHP’s most inclusive and gender diverse operations have outperformed our average on a range of measures, including lower injury rates, adherence to work plans and meeting production targets.

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Striking the right balance

In 2016, BHP set a bold aspirational goal to achieve gender balance by 2025. In the two years since we announced this aspirational goal, the action, debate and innovation it originally sparked has intensified across our company and within the industry. These forces are essential to bring about genuine change.

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BHP Foundation

A part of the Company’s voluntary social investment funds the BHP Foundation, a charity which aims to make a distinctive contribution to the unprecedented sustainable development challenges facing our generation.

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We are committed to our community work by contributing to society through engagement and advocacy on important issues, and by supporting targeted development areas to benefit the communities where operate.

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Conventional petroleum update

The BHP Board has approved US$696 million (BHP share) in funding to develop the Atlantis Phase 3 project in the US Gulf of Mexico. This follows sanction by BP, as the Operator, of the Atlantis Phase 3 project, announced in January 2019

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Investor presentations and briefings

A listing of investor presentations and briefings delivered by senior BHP leaders.

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Investor centre

Our Investor centre houses Exchange releases, reports, presentations, dividend notices, annual report suites, event and meeting details, FAQs, and other shareholder information.

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