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Our Shares Values - BHP Billiton's 2013 Sustainability Report

25/09/2013

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BHP Billiton’s first Charter value of Sustainability reflects their priority of putting health and safety first, being environmentally responsible and supporting the communities in which they operate. Operating sustainably underpins everything BHP Billiton does.

The 2013 Sustainability Report from a leading global resources company discusses their approach to greenhouse gas reduction, identification and management of material risks, minimising the environmental impact of their operations, and their community investment commitment. It also includes a number of other sustainability issues that are common to many organisations.

BHP Billiton’s new Health, Safety, Environment and Community (HSEC) targets were developed in FY2013 and centred on their most material HSEC issues and specifically focused efforts towards eliminating fatal risks, minimising occupational exposures and improving the efficient use of energy and water resources. Progress against these targets is provided in their 2013 Sustainability Report.

BHP Billiton’s GHG emissions during FY2013 were lower than the FY2006 baseline, which keeps them in line to achieve their target of maintaining their future FY2017 GHG emissions to below their FY2006 levels. 294,000 tonnes of CO2-e was abated through their Businesses’ greenhouse gas reduction projects in FY2013.

As part of BHP Billiton’s community commitment, they voluntarily invest one per cent of their pre-tax profit, calculated on the average of the previous three years’ pre-tax profit, in community programs that aim to have a long-lasting, positive impact on people’s quality of life. In FY2013, this totalled US$245.8 million and included a US$106 million contribution to the BHP Billiton Foundation for use in future sustainable development projects and programs.

For their 2013 Sustainability Report, BHP Billiton 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 (GRI) G3 A+ Application Level.

To support the 2013 BHP Billiton Sustainability Report, case studies are published on their website to illustrate actions being taken to achieve sustainability success. They also describe some of the traditional issues faced by the resources industry and discuss emerging challenges. The full report is available for download at BHP Billiton Sustainability Report 2013.



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