Sustainable Development Initiatives at BHP Billiton

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Case Code : BECG088
Case Length : 25 Pages
Period : 2001-2008
Pub Date : 2008
Teaching Note :Not Available
Organization : BHP BIlliton
Industry : Natural Resources
Countries : Global

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Notwithstanding the criticism, BHP Billiton claimed to have taken several initiatives to address issues concerning health, safety, environment, and community (HSEC) at its operations.

On the health front, the company identified some health risks like noise, dust, hazardous materials, etc., and claimed to have taken initiatives to reduce employee exposure to these risks.

It also claimed to have initiated programs to control diseases like HIV/AIDs, malaria and avian flu, tuberculosis, and kidney diseases.

On the safety front, the company said it was working to achieve its goal of 'Zero Harm.' And to address the environmental impact of its operations, it reportedly took initiatives to control emissions, protect biodiversity, and ensure efficient use of resources.

The company claimed that it created job opportunities, provided access to food, clean water, basic healthcare, and education for communities affected by its operations.

According to its sustainability reports, it had been promoting human rights by allowing freedom of association and restricting child labor. It also claimed to be taking steps to protect the rights of indigenous people.

Although BHP Billiton claimed that it was following a sustainable development policy and that it managed to achieve its targets in most cases, its critics were not impressed...

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