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Global Inclusion and Diversity Council

To better reflect the communities in which we work, we have set an aspirational goal to achieve gender balance across BHP by 2025. It’s an aspiration designed to harness the enormous potential that a more inclusive and diverse workplace will deliver at BHP, so we can leave a positive legacy for the generations to come.

BHP’s Global Inclusion and Diversity Council has recommended four priorities to accelerate the delivery of a more inclusive work environment and enhanced overall workplace diversity:

  1. embedding flexible working;
  2. enabling our supply chain partners to support our commitment to inclusion and diversity;
  3. uncovering and taking steps to mitigate potential bias in our systems, behaviours, policies and processes; and
  4. ensuring our brand and industry are attractive to a diverse range of people.

In a series of profiles, we asked some Council members why inclusion and diversity is important to them personally.

For enquiries concerning BHP’s Inclusion and Diversity program email: Inclusion&

LGBT+ inclusion

At BHP, we want to provide a safe, inclusive and supportive workplace for all. It’s part of bringing your whole self to work.

Jasper is BHP’s employee inclusion group for BHP’S lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and others (LGBT+) community and its allies.

The group’s name Jasper was inspired by the mineral jasper– known for its unique multi-coloured patterns. This characterisation reflects the rich diversity of the LGBT+ community.

Formally endorsed by the BHP Executive Leadership Team and Global Inclusion and Diversity Council in 2017, Jasper’s aim is to drive a safe and inclusive work environment for everyone by providing advice on ways to reduce bias and ensure LGBT+ people are respected and valued no matter their sexual or gender identity.

Jasper is open to all employees whether they be LGBT+ identifying or an ally.


Alex Archila

Alex Archila is President of BHP’s Shale business. He’s an engineer from Guatemala who’s had the good fortune to work in seven countries over the past 33 years. He also doesn’t play golf.  

Meet Alex

Saurabh Dasgupta

Saurabh Dasgupta is Head of Category Strategy and Account Management in our Supply team and a member of our global Inclusion and Diversity Council. This is Saurabh’s story.

Meet Saurabh

Maya Donevska

Maya Donevska, Head of our global Asset and Function Communications team didn’t speak English until she started school and thinks class can often be as much of a hurdle as gender.

Meet Maya

James Palmer

James Palmer is the Asset President of BHP Billiton Mitsui Coal (BMC) and New South Wales Energy Coal (NSWEC) and a new member of the Inclusion and Diversity Council. This is James' story.

Meet James
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