You should always:
- safeguard BHP’s IP;
- respect the IP rights of others (for example, our suppliers and competitors).
To safeguard our IP, never disclose confidential BHP IP without authorisation. This applies during and after your employment with BHP. If there is a legitimate reason to share BHP’s confidential information — such as where required to work with a supplier — you must have your line leader’s prior approval and a written confidentiality agreement with the other party.
You should always use BHP’s standard contracts when contracting with a supplier unless Legal has approved alternative terms. If you create new IP, such as innovations and improvements to our processes, keep it confidential and ask Legal if any other protection is required.
If you access a third party’s IP, only use it as permitted in writing by that party (for example, in a contract with a supplier), or otherwise as permitted by law where you have advice from Legal. Before you copy or share something provided by a third party or deploy new technology, always check whether a third party’s IP rights might be infringed.