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.