Nothing you do, professionally or privately, should conflict with your responsibilities to BHP, compromise the quality of your work performance or jeopardise your ability to make impartial business decisions in BHP’s best interest as outlined in Our Requirements for Business Conduct.
You should avoid business dealings and personal relationships that could cause conflicts of interest. Remember, some relationships can create the appearance of a conflict, even if you don’t think there is one. Conflicts may arise during the course of a normal business relationship due to a change in circumstances.
You should excuse yourself from any decision making and ongoing oversight process where you have an interest that influences, or could be perceived to influence, your ability to make objective decisions for our Company. This is important as an unmanaged conflict of interest could encourage unethical behaviour and lead to fraud.
You should never ask for gifts, hospitality or entertainment of any kind from anyone we conduct business with, including suppliers, customers, community partners or governments.
You should reject offers of travel and accommodation from external parties. If there is a valid business purpose to attend an event or function, BHP will pay for travel and/or accommodation costs.
Report all actual, potential or perceived conflicts of interest in the Ethics & Compliance Registers.
As a leader of someone who has an actual, potential or perceived conflict of interest, you need to:
- ensure the details are documented in the Ethics & Compliance Registers;
- agree, document and implement an appropriate a course of action that removes or manages the conflict;
- monitor and regularly validate adherence to the agreed course of action;
- adjust the documented course of action as required.