According to the company, they have endeavored to provide within their report a balanced picture of progress to date as well as key areas for improvement. BHP voluntarily disclose data to be transparent and keep themselves accountable. The data and information published in the report serve as an important record of how BHP is performing from year-to-year around themes that are critical to a sustainable future. These themes are both global in nature (such as how they can respond to the impacts of climate change) and more locally focused (such as rehabilitating the natural environment and supporting the communities where they operate).
For ease of reference, data is presented in their report in the following sections:
• sustainability approach gives an overview of their actions and strategy, as well as responding to issues of public interest, such as response to the Fundão tailings dam failure in Samarco in 2015 and subsequent steps toward rehabilitation of the area and resettlement of the community. In this section, BHP also disclose their approach to tailings dam management.
• Health and safety discloses data around the health and safety of their workforce. Safety is always the top priority.
• Environment shows how BHP works to minimise environmental impacts from operations, tracks environmental performance and tells how they look beyond their own operations to support conservation, the sustainable use of natural environments and how they contribute to resilient natural ecosystems for future generations.
• Climate change discloses data on GHG emissions and how they manage climate-related risk.
• Water discloses data on water use, performance and interactions, which follows on from their inaugural BHP Water Report in 2018.
• The closing three sections of their Report focus on fostering ethical and respectful relationships with their people; and the communities, small businesses, Indigenous peoples and governments of the regions in which they operate.
These sections are:
– Society addresses community concerns, respecting human rights, their social investment and recognising the traditional rights of the Indigenous peoples who are the custodians
of the land on which they operate.
– People tell how they support their global workforce’s wellbeing and promote an inclusive and diverse corporate culture. According to their website, they are tracking against their aspirational goal of gender balance by 2025 and outline the steps they are taking to ensure women, Indigenous peoples and LGBT+ people want to work in the resources sector.
– Ethics and business conduct reinforces their commitment to transparency and outlines governance of Their Code of Conduct, including anti-corruption compliance.