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Inclusion and diversity promotes safety, productivity and wellbeing of our workforce and underpins our ability to attract new employees. We employ, develop and promote based on people’s strengths and we do not tolerate any form of discrimination, bullying, harassment, exclusion or victimisation.(1) Our systems, processes and practices are designed to support fair treatment for all.

Our employees are trained to recognise and mitigate potential bias towards any employee and encouraged to speak up if they encounter behaviours that are inconsistent with our values and expectations. To prevent gender pay disparities, we have taken steps to reduce potential bias in recruitment and conduct an annual gender pay review, the results of which are reported to the BHP Remuneration Committee.

Respect is one of Our Charter values and we believe it is fundamental to building stronger teams and being an inclusive and diverse workplace. For some people, this has not been their experience of working at BHP. We are determined to address this. In FY2020, we continued our Respectful Behaviour campaign, which builds awareness of what constitutes disrespectful behaviours in the workplace to generate conversation. We equipped leaders and employees with materials to help them have conversations about disrespectful behaviours and integrated those materials and concepts throughout our cultural tools and programs (including BHP leadership programs, Leading Inclusion, sexual harassment training, and Our Code of Conduct  training).

We also started to assemble an internal working group in FY2020, to develop a holistic plan to address the controls and cultural enablers of sexual harassment and assault in the workplace.

Our strategy to achieve a more diverse and inclusive workplace continues with focus on four areas:

  • embedding flexibility in the way we work
  • encouraging and working with our supply chain partners to support our commitment to inclusion and diversity
  • uncovering and taking steps to mitigate potential bias in our behaviours, systems, policies and processes
  • ensuring our brand is attractive to a diverse range of people


1 We promote a workplace that is free from discrimination based on personal attributes unrelated to job performance, such as race, age, ethnicity, nationality, gender identity, sexual orientation, intersex status, physical or mental disability, mental health condition, relationship status, religion, political opinion, industry/union affiliations, pregnancy, breastfeeding or family responsibilities. This is subject to BHP’s requirement to comply with local laws in the jurisdictions in which we operate.

Gender balance (2)

We aim to achieve gender balance globally by CY2025. In FY2020, we increased the representation of women working at BHP by 2.0 per cent, resulting in 1,767 more female employees than at the end of FY2019. 

We signed the CEO Statement of Support for the United Nations (UN) Women’s Empowerment Principles in FY2020 to strengthen our global commitment towards gender equality. The partnership with UN Women and the UN Global Compact encourages business leaders to use seven principles as a guide for actions that advance and empower women in the workplace, marketplace and community.

The percentage of people newly hired to work for BHP in FY2020 was 60.7 per cent male and 39.3 per cent female. This female representation outcome is a marked increase compared to FY2015 (10.4 per cent female), the baseline for our aspirational goal.

Several of our operations and major capital projects have reported strong female representation with investment in entry-level programs. Operations Services, South Flank, Escondida, Olympic Dam and other operations increased their female representation with apprenticeship intakes to develop women and create new talent pools of females and diverse talent in entry-level roles as operators, maintainers and others according to specific operational needs where this diversity does not exist today. Escondida improved female representation in FY2020 by 3.1 percentage points and hired 67 female apprentices in mine operations. Operations Services increased female representation by 8.0 percentage points to 33.1 per cent in FY2020, including 82.9 per cent female apprentices and trainees, 266 females and 55 males.

We also improved our leadership representation by 1.7 per cent compared to FY2019, with 22.4 per cent female leaders.

To accelerate female representation, in FY2020 we:

  • improved employment branding that targets diverse audiences about why they should join BHP
  • progressed market mapping to proactively target people or groups of people not actively looking to work for BHP or our industry
  • broadened our channels across social, digital and traditional media
  • enhanced our workforce development and retention through coaching and support materials for leaders 
  • took further steps to uncover and remove barriers for women with the launch of the Women@BHP Yammer group and set clear expectations of leaders about how to respond to Our Code of Conduct breaches relating to sexual harassment


2 Based on a ‘point in time’ snapshot of employees as at 30 June 2020, as used in internal management reporting for the purposes of monitoring progress against our goals. This does not include contractors. This methodology differs from the data reported in section 1.6.2 of our Annual Report, which is calculated based on the average of the number of employees at the last day of each calendar month for a 10-month period from July 2019 through to April 2020 and in accordance with our reporting requirement under the UK Companies Act 2006 which is then used to calculate a weighted average for the year to 30 June based on BHP ownership.

Indigenous employment

We aim to provide employment opportunities in the communities in which we operate that contribute to sustainable social and economic benefits for Indigenous peoples. In Minerals Australia, Indigenous employment within our employee and contractor(3) workforce increased from 5 per cent to 6.5 per cent (1,726 employees and 475 contractors), exceeding our target of 5.75 per cent by the end of FY2020. There has been a 140 per cent (50 to 120) increase in Indigenous employees in supervisor, superintendent and manager roles since FY2017 through external hiring and internal leadership development and career progression. In North America, we have focused on working with our contracting partners to support the employment of First Nations and Métis peoples, who now comprise 22 per cent of our workforce at the Jansen Potash Project, and our overall workforce including employees comprising 15 per cent Indigenous people. In Chile, representation of Indigenous workers at our operations rose to 6.6 per cent in FY2020 (from 5.9 per cent in FY2019).


3 Based on a ‘point in time’ snapshot of employees and labour hire contractors as at 30 June 2020.

LGBT+ inclusion

Jasper is BHP’s employee inclusion group for our lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and others (LGBT+) community and its allies. Its aim is to drive a safe, inclusive and supportive work environment for everyone by providing advice on ways to reduce bias and ensure LGBT+ people are respected and valued irrespective of their sexual orientation, gender identity or intersex status.

In FY2020, Jasper continued to focus on awareness and education, internal networking and building a network of allies.

In Australia, over the past two years Jasper and non-profit organisation, Pride in Diversity, have visited our coal and iron ore mines in Western Australia, Queensland and New South Wales and Olympic Dam in South Australia to roll out LGBT+ inclusion awareness and education sessions.

In Asia, Jasper hosted the Jasper Enrichment Sessions, which covered topics such as sexuality, coming out, HIV/AIDS and COVID-19. We continue to co-chair the InterEnergy Forum in Singapore and are an active member of the Philippine Financial and Inter-Industry Pride forum in Manila.

In the United States, Jasper held monthly lunches where LGBT+ educational highlights were shared in a safe environment for discussion and support. We continued to receive positive feedback on the LGBT+ reverse mentoring pilot program in Houston.

Our employees participated in pride events in Adelaide, Brisbane, Houston, Manila, Perth and Saskatoon in FY2020. We began to roll out ‘all-gender’ bathrooms, starting in our corporate offices in Melbourne and Adelaide. We continued to participate in the Australian Workplace Equality Index, the national benchmark on LGBTQ+ workplace inclusion and surveyed employees to assess the impact of our LGBT+ inclusion initiatives on organisational culture.

Flexible working

Flexible work supports the diversity and wellness of our workforce. We further implemented our flexible work principles during the COVID-19 crisis by encouraging and supporting flexible work in different ways, such as new rosters, shifts for people in office buildings and working from home offices (for people from our functions and also our operations if they were at risk). COVID-19 has rapidly challenged the mindset on work flexibility.

Working with suppliers

We continue to work with our supply partners to ensure their products and services are suitable for our workforce, as well as encouraging diversity in their own work teams. For example, we worked with our major materials supplier, Blackwoods, to redesign personal protective equipment (PPE) and other workwear to offer more size choices. In formerly male dominated industries, such as resources, the design of PPE and other industrial workwear has historically centred on male requirements. This created a culture of ‘making do’, resulting in women in these industries wearing uniforms that did not fit, were uncomfortable and impacted their sense of belonging in the workplace. More than 70 changes and improvements have been made to the Blackwoods clothing range, from the size of socks and female boots, to the size and weight of helmets, garments, and head lamps.

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