Our management of sustainability helps generate social value. We also know our stakeholders and partners are increasingly focused on our sustainability performance and use it as a key determinant in assessing BHP and our industry. We strive to continuously improve and exceed these expectations.
Thriving, empowered communities
Safe, inclusive and future ready workforce
Responsible supply chains
We also believe sustainability includes playing an appropriate role in addressing global issues such as climate change, supporting and respecting human rights and advocating for social change such as by supporting the rights of Indigenous peoples.
The resources life cycle of exploration and production through to rehabilitation and closure requires us to operate our assets over many decades. This means the long-term health of BHP’s business is directly dependent on the long-term health of society and the natural environment.
Our purpose, our strategy and our position and commitments on climate change provide a clear direction for our climate change strategy.
BHP’s long-term and ongoing commitment to sustainability is defined by Our Charter and realised through Our Requirements standards.
Sustainability is a core part of who we are and what we do at BHP because we are determined to make a positive difference.
Sustainability case studies, organisational boundary & disclaimers, and downloads
1 In setting BHP’s 2030 goals, we had regard to existing public sustainability frameworks, including the UN Sustainable Development Goals, the Paris Agreement, Convention on Biological Diversity, The Global Business Collaboration for Better Workplace Mental Health, and the UN Declaration of the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. Our pillars map to the UN Sustainable Development Goals as follows: Decarbonisation – Goal 13; Healthy environment – Goals 6, 14, 15; Indigenous partnerships – Goals 8, 10, 17; Safe, inclusive and future-ready workforce – Goals 3, 5, 10; Thriving, empowered communities – Goals 3, 4, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 16 and Responsible supply chains – Goals 10, 12, 16, 17.
3 These positions are expressed using terms that are defined in the Glossary to this Report, including the terms ‘target’, ‘goal’, ‘net zero’ and ‘carbon neutral’. The baseline year(s) of our targets will be adjusted for any material acquisitions and divestments, and to reflect progressive refinement of emissions reporting methodologies. The targets’ boundaries may in some cases differ from required reporting boundaries. The use of carbon offsets will be governed by BHP’s approach to carbon offsetting described at bhp.com/climate. The Scopes 1 and 2 operational emissions target is for FY2030. The Scope 3 goals are for CY2030. For further information on our GHG targets and goals, refer to ‘BHP’s climate change targets and goals’ in OFR 7.8.
4 Nature positive is defined by the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD)/TNFD as ‘A high-level goal and concept describing a future state of nature (e.g. biodiversity, ecosystem services and natural capital) which is greater than the current state.’ It includes land and water management practices that halt and reverse nature loss – that is, supporting healthy, functioning ecosystems.
5 Excluding greenfield exploration licences (or equivalent tenements), which are outside the area of influence of our existing mining operations.
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