In all dealings with BHP’s competitors (including competing joint venture partners), customers, suppliers, you must conduct yourself in a manner that does not breach, or appear to breach, competition laws as outlined in Our Requirements for Business Conduct.
You should contact Legal or Ethics and Compliance:
- before exchanging competitively sensitive information, directly or indirectly, with a competitor;
- before joining a trade association involving competitors;
- when potentially inappropriate contact is initiated by a competitor;
- when considering new cooperation arrangements with a competitor, including joint production, joint procurement, joint marketing, and shared logistics;
- when a complaint is made about the competitive behaviour of BHP;
- when you suspect a third party is acting in an anti-competitive manner towards BHP;
- if you are contacted by a competition authority.
Where BHP is the victim of anti-competitive behaviour, it can lead to unnecessary additional costs for the Company (for example, through paying higher prices to suppliers who have engaged in bid rigging) and reduced productivity (for example, where supplies of a product used by BHP are being collectively limited by our suppliers).
If you suspect anti-competitive behaviour by an employee, contractor or third party, you must report it immediately.