Our Social Investment Framework 

We have a responsibility to make a positive contribution to sustainable development and have a longstanding commitment to invest one per cent of our pre-tax profits  in programs that aim improve the quality of life for people around the world. In the 2016 financial year this investment totalled US$178 million, which is in addition to the economic value that our operations bring to our host communities. We invest directly to support our local host communities and donate to the BHP Billiton Foundation which invests in global and national projects.

Through our Social Investment Framework we aim to make a distinctive contribution to some of the most pressing sustainable development challenges of our generation. Our Framework was implemented in 2015 and underpins our voluntary social investment from the 2016 to 2020 financial years. It aligns strongly with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals which are most relevant to our business and society. This approach means we can work in genuine partnership with others towards shared outcomes, with a focus on three themes. 

Governance

We aim to contribute to good governance with a focus on reducing corruption, enhancing transparency and strengthening of institutions.

Our strategic theme of Governance is deliberately aligned to the following UNSDGs:

  • Decent work and economic growth
  • Industry, innovation & infrastructure
  • Peace, justice & strong institutions
  • Partnership for the goals

Human Capability & Social Inclusion

We aim to enhance human capability and social inclusion through increasing the number of people with improved health and wellbeing, access to quality education and vocational training and enhanced livelihood opportunities. 

Our strategic theme of Capability & Inclusion is aligned to the following UNSDGs:

  • No poverty
  • Quality education
  • Gender equality
  • Decent work and economic growth
  • Reduce inequalities
  • Partnership for the goals

Environment

We aim to contribute to enduring environmental and social benefits through biodiversity conservation, water stewardship and climate change mitigation and adaptation.

Our strategic theme of Environment is aligned to the following UNSDGs:

  • Clean water and sanitation
  • Sustainable cities & communities
  • Climate action
  • Life below water
  • Life on land
  • Partnership for the goals

Working with our host communities

As part of making a valuable contribution as community partners, we seek meaningful long-term relationships that respect local cultures and create lasting benefits. We aim to support the development of diversified and resilient local economies that contribute to quality of life improvement that continues beyond the life of our operations.

We base our relationships on open communication, trust and mutual respect to achieve a clear understanding of the context and impacts of our operations. Our approach also informs how we can make a meaningful contribution to economic and social development in our communities with a focus on the themes of our Social Investment Framework.

We use a data-driven approach to understand the specific requirements of each community and the opportunities that exist to make a positive contribution. Projects are designed and implemented with the participation of representatives of the local community. Find out more about our approach to community engagement.

Matched Giving program

We encourage employees who are active citizens in their communities to support local charitable organisations. Our global Matched Giving Program recognises the contribution of our employees by matching their personal financial donations up to a specific cap.

In FY2016, more than 7,500 of our employees participated in the Matched Giving Program. Employee contributions benefited 768 not-for-profit organisations, which received over US$7.3 million as part of the program.