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BHP Billiton's 2012 Sustainability Report


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BHP Billiton’s first Charter value is ‘Sustainability’. Operating sustainably underpins everything BHP Billiton does.  

The 2012 Sustainability Report from the world's largest diversified global resources company discusses greenhouse gas reduction, managing material risks, land use and biodiversity, and their community investment commitment  along with a number of other issues that are common to many organisations.

The 2012 financial reporting year marked the end of BHP Billiton’s Health, Safety, Environment and Community (HSEC) target period from FY2007 – FY2012. Performance in FY2012 and overall performance against the targets are detailed in the Report.

BHP Billiton’s new Health, Safety, Environment and Community (HSEC) targets for the FY2013 to FY2017 period were developed following careful consideration and are detailed in this Report. The new targets are centred on their most material HSEC issues and specifically focus efforts towards eliminating fatal risks, minimising occupational exposures and improving the efficient use of energy and water resources. Land management activities are continuing to have a positive effect on communities also features in their new targets.

In FY2012, BHP Billiton’s greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions intensity were lower than the FY2006 baseline by 16 per cent, resulting in the successful achievement of their FY2012 target of a six per cent reduction in GHG emissions per unit of production. BHP Billiton also committed to spending US$300 million over the 2008 to 2012 period to support the implementation of energy efficient and low GHG emission technologies. They have exceeded their commitment, having spent US$430 million on projects which are in various stages of implementation. While this commitment was realised in FY2012, BHP Billiton remains focused on establishing projects that reduce their energy consumption and carbon emissions footprint.

During FY2012, BHP Billiton’s voluntary community investment totalled US$214 million, comprising cash, in-kind support and administrative costs and included a US$65 million contribution to their UK-based charitable company, BHP Billiton Sustainable Communities.

The Group has obtained reasonable assurance for greenhouse gas emissions data and voluntary community investment data; as well as limited assurance over eighteen other selected sustainability parameters of the Sustainability Report. The Report is once again prepared in accordance with the Global Reporting Initiative A+ Application Level.

To support the 2012 Sustainability Report, case studies on their website illustrate actions being taken to achieve success. They also describe some of the traditional issues faced by the resources industry and discuss emerging challenges. For details on the sustainability performance and key focus areas for BHP Billiton in 2012, go to

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