Respect for human rights is critical to the sustainability of our business. We take our human rights obligations seriously and demonstrate this by committing to operate in a manner consistent with the United Nations (UN) Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights and the 10 UN Global Compact principles.
Our commitment to operating to the highest standards of business integrity in relation to human rights and our strategy of focusing on the development of large, long-life operations bestows on us both an opportunity to make a positive contribution to the realisation of a wide range of human rights and a responsibility to respect human rights and mitigate human rights related risks.
Within our operations, we contribute to the realisation of human rights through our rigorous approach to workplace health, safety and labour conditions, ensuring security activities are consistent with the Voluntary Principles on Security and Human Rights, while also respecting the land tenure rights of landowners and the rights of communities that live near our operations. Read more.
Human rights governance and management
Governance oversight of BHP Billiton’s human rights performance is the responsibility of the Board’s Sustainability Committee as part of its mandate for monitoring health, safety, environment and community performance. Each of our operations assigns accountability for compliance with our mandatory human rights performance requirements to appropriate senior managers and leaders. Read more.
Human rights in our supply chain
The human rights commitments in our Code of Business Conduct apply to our contractors and suppliers (where under relevant contractual obligation). Our Requirements for Supply standard (PDF 108 kb) sets minimum mandatory health, safety, environment, community and business conduct requirements for all BHP Billiton suppliers.
UK Modern Slavery Act Statement
The United Kingdom Modern Slavery Act 2015 requires companies carrying on a business in the UK which supply goods or services and have a total annual turnover of £36 million or more, to publish an annual statement describing the steps it has taken to ensure that slavery and human trafficking are not occurring in its supply chains or in any parts of its own business.
BHP Billiton’s Statement for FY2016 follows:
BHP Billiton Statement: Modern Slavery Act 2015 (UK) (PDF 90 kb)
We publicly report in relation to our human rights annual performance and areas of focus in the Realising and respecting human rights, Operating with ethics and integrity, Actively supporting communities and Engaging with Indigenous peoples chapters of our Sustainability Report (PDF 3.5 MB).