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Our approach

We recognise the traditional rights of Indigenous peoples and acknowledge their right to maintain their cultures, identities, traditions and customs. Indigenous peoples often represent some of the most marginalised populations around the world and may still experience discrimination and political and social disadvantage. We encourage cultural sensitivity and recognise and respect sites, places, structures and objects that are culturally or traditionally significant.

The views and concerns of people within our communities are incorporated into our decision-making and we strive for mutually beneficial outcomes. All of our operations are required to establish culturally appropriate platforms for dialogue that enable us to work with our stakeholders to develop strategies that consider their concerns and aspirations.

Our approach to engaging and supporting Indigenous peoples is articulated in the BHP Billiton Indigenous Peoples Policy Statement, in which we commit to the International Council on Mining and Metals (ICMM) Indigenous Peoples and Mining Position Statement.

Our BHP Billiton Indigenous Peoples Strategy guides implementation of our Policy Statement across our business. Through successful implementation of this strategy we aim to be regarded as a partner of choice for Indigenous peoples through which we will seek to ensure our relationships contribute to their economic empowerment, social development needs and cultural wellbeing.

We acknowledge our activities have the potential to have an impact on human rights. We seek to respect the rights of our employees, individual contractors and members of our host communities and support fundamental human rights consistent with the articles set out in the United Nations (UN) Universal Declaration of Human Rights and Principles 1 and 2 of the UN Global Compact. Our Requirements (previously Group Level Documents (GLDs)) are also aligned to the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, which outline specific responsibilities for businesses in relation to respecting human rights.

Promoting respect when working with Indigenous communities

BHP Billiton is committed to operating in accordance with the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights and Principles 1 and 2 of the UN Global Compact.

In Australia, our Reconciliation Action Plan 2013 - 2015 (PDF 1.4 MB) will undertake to build relationships and promote opportunities with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and encourage cultural awareness and respect amongst our employees.

Cultural awareness training for our employees and contractors is implemented at all other BHP Billiton sites that operate on or near Indigenous lands. Through cultural awareness workshops and induction programs we aim to facilitate an understanding and appreciation of traditional rights and of management and protection of Indigenous cultural heritage.

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