Our Code of Conduct (Our Code) sets the standards of behaviour and human rights commitments for our people, as well as contractors and suppliers (where under relevant contractual obligation) and others who perform work for BHP. The commitments in Our Code and our Human Rights Policy Statement are implemented through mandatory minimum performance requirements for human rights in the Our Requirements standards and through our policy statements.
BHP’s Board oversees our approach to sustainability. The Board’s Sustainability Committee has oversight of health, safety, environmental, community (HSEC) and other human rights matters and assists the Board with governance and monitoring. The Sustainability Committee also oversees the adequacy of the systems to identify and manage HSEC-related risks and overall HSEC and human rights performance.
Our Human Rights Policy Statement sets out our expectations for our people, business partners and other relevant parties to respect human rights. The Policy Statement was developed in line with Principle 16 of the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, included consultation with internal and external stakeholders and was endorsed by BHP’s Executive Leadership Team. The Human Rights Policy Statement applies to all operated assets and functions in accordance with our reporting scope and boundaries.
The Sustainability Committee receives an annual update on emerging human rights issues and trends and any changes to our approach to respecting human rights. The Risk function reports biannually to a joint meeting of the Board’s Risk and Audit Committee and Sustainability Committee on the Group’s risk profile, including HSEC risks, including human rights risks.
The Human Rights Policy Statement is reviewed annually as part of our assessment of management of human rights risks and potential impacts, and the Modern Slavery Statement provides an update on our progress against our human rights commitments, particularly those related to modern slavery and human trafficking.
We recognise that we have the potential to directly impact, contribute to or be linked to human rights impacts on people through our operated assets, closed and legacy sites, value chain activities and relationships with business partners. These include rights related to workplace health and safety; labour rights; the activities of security providers; land access and use, water and sanitation; Indigenous peoples’ culture, identity, traditions and customs; and communities that live near our operated assets – including resettlement and consultation and consent processes.
The Our Requirements for Community standard sets out our requirements to operate and our commitment to respecting human rights is set out in our Human Rights Policy Statement. For more information see Local Communities, Our Approach.
We obtain assurance of operational compliance with our mandatory minimum human rights performance requirements through independent internal audits of the Our Requirements standards.