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Multiple perspectives creating better outcomes

Since 1999, the BHP Billiton Forum on Corporate Responsibility (the Forum) has been pivotal to helping us to make informed decisions and develop appropriate sustainability standards. By challenging our thinking and providing multiple perspectives, the Forum is ensuring we create better outcomes for society and the environment.

The Forum comprises eight highly respected civil society leaders, members of the Executive Leadership Team and representatives from our Group Health, Safety and Environment and Group Corporate Affairs functions. Our Chief Executive Officer chairs the Forum. Through the Forum we gain insight into current and emerging priorities and engage in rigorous debate on a range of sustainability topics. This enables us to understand and consider the broader societal implications of our actions in making important Company decisions.

The Forum meets to debate a broad range of topics including emerging global social and environmental trends; climate change scenarios and adaptation; issues facing Indigenous peoples, including free, prior and informed consent; sustainability reporting; and transparency.

Current civil society members of the Forum are:

  • Mick Dodson, National Centre for Indigenous Studies, ANU (Australia)
  • Cristina Echavarria, Board Member, Alliance for Responsible Mining (Colombia)
  • Don Henry, Public Policy Fellow – Environmentalism, University of Melbourne (Australia)
  • Simon Longstaff, Executive Director, The Ethics Centre (Australia)
  • Yaa Ntiamoa-Baidu, Centre for African Wetlands, University of Ghana (Ghana)
  • Ray Offenheiser, President, Oxfam America (USA)
  • Phil Vernon, Director of Programs, International Alert (UK)
  • Changhua Wu, Chair, China Redesign Hub (China)
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