BHP commits to sustainable development in SA

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BHP has reinforced its commitment to sustainable development in South Australia as the latest signatory to the South Australian Chamber of Mines and Energy (SACOME) Code of Conduct.

BHP joins SIMEC Mining, Rex Minerals and OZ Minerals in demonstrating its commitment to best practice, sector leadership and continuous improvement.

SACOME’s voluntary Code of Conduct is adopted from the Minerals Council of Australia‚Äôs Enduring Value Framework and offers a structure for mining, oil and gas companies to manage performance and sustainable development.

SACOME CEO Rebecca Knol welcomed BHP as a signatory to the Code.

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“BHP has a long history in South Australia of prioritising health, safety and environmental responsibility, supporting the communities in which it operates and making a positive contribution to a sustainable future,” she said.

“As the resources sector responds to the impacts of COVID-19, these qualities, leadership and high standards have never been more important.”

BHP asset president Olympic Dam, Laura Tyler, said BHP’s company policies were consistent with the Code’s Enduring Value framework.

“Sustainability is core to BHP’s strategy and at the heart of everything we do,” she said.

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“We put health and safety first, we are environmentally responsible, we respect human rights, and we support host communities.

“BHP is pleased to formalise our commitment to SACOME’s Code of Conduct as we lean into the challenge of COVID-19, keep our communities safe and look after each other.”

The Enduring Value Framework is supported by 10 principles covering ethical governance, sound risk management, transparent engagement, health and safety, employee rights, community development and environmental management. Each principle is translated into defined actions with a set of clear indicators and verifiable outcomes.

Companies wanting to learn more about the Code of Conduct and how to become a signatory can email sacome@sacome.org.au or visit the SACOME website.