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Respect for human rights is critical to the sustainability of our business. We take our human rights obligations seriously and demonstrate this by committing to operate in a manner consistent with the United Nations (UN) Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights and the 10 UN Global Compact principles. 

Our commitment to operating to the highest standards of business integrity in relation to human rights and our strategy of focusing on the development of large, long-life operations bestows on us both an opportunity to make a positive contribution to the realisation of a wide range of human rights and a responsibility to respect human rights and mitigate human rights related risks.

Our approach

Within our operations, we contribute to the realisation of human rights through our rigorous approach to workplace health, safety and labour conditions, ensuring security activities are consistent with the Voluntary Principles on Security and Human Rights, while also respecting the land tenure rights of landowners and the rights of communities that live near our operations. Read more.

Human rights governance and management

Governance oversight of BHP’s human rights performance is the responsibility of the Board’s Sustainability Committee as part of its mandate for monitoring health, safety, environment and community performance. Each of our operations assigns accountability for compliance with our mandatory human rights performance requirements to appropriate senior managers and leaders. Read more.

Read our Human Rights Policy Statement (PDF 36 kb)

An introductory human rights training video is available for our workforce, and mandatory for employees who have identified touchpoints with human rights. The training is designed to prompt consideration of human rights both personally and professionally, to understand the business case for respecting human rights, and the processes designed to implement human rights commitments across the business.

We have made our BHP training publically available to provide the opportunity for all to reflect on the responsibility of business to respect human rights.

 

Our performance

We publicly report in relation to our human rights annual performance and areas of focus in the Realising and respecting human rights, Operating with ethics and integrity, Actively supporting communities and Engaging with Indigenous peoples chapters of our Sustainability Report.

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