Responsibly managing land and supporting biodiversity
The nature of our operations means we have a significant responsibility for land and biodiversity management. BHP owns or manages more than 10 million hectares of land and sea; however, less than 2 per cent of it is disturbed for operations.
Our activities have inherent risks for land, marine and aquatic biodiversity in the areas we operate. We are committed to reducing those risks and to contributing to a resilient environment beyond the immediate areas of our operations.
At every operation, regardless of location, it’s a core business requirement to implement controls to prevent, minimise, rehabilitate and offset, as appropriate, impacts to biodiversity. In addition, supporting conservation efforts is a targeted way of creating value for society and upholds Our BHP Charter value of sustainability.
In FY2018, we renewed our five-year public targets for biodiversity and also introduced a longer term goal.
Our FY2018-FY2022 target for biodiversity is to improve marine and terrestrial biodiversity outcomes by:
- developing a framework to evaluate and verify the benefits of our actions, in collaboration with others; and
- contributing to the management of areas of national or international conservation significance exceeding our disturbed land footprint.
Our longer-term goal for biodiversity is:
- In line with United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs) 14 and 15, BHP will by FY2030, have made a measurable contribution to the conservation, restoration and sustainable use of marine and terrestrial ecosystems in all regions where we operate.
We started work on the biodiversity indicators framework in FY2018 and have completed initial phase pilot testing using data from operating sites and a social investment project. We are progressing this work through our alliance with Conservation International and through Proteus, a voluntary partnership between the United Nations Environment World Conservation Monitoring Centre and 12 extractive industry companies.
Contributing to a resilient environment
BHP looks for opportunities to improve the conservation, restoration and sustainable use of marine and terrestrial ecosystems in all regions in which we operate, through our own activities and in collaboration with others.
We recognise that we have a broader role to play in contributing to environmental resilience. We achieve this through our Social Investment Framework and work with strategic partners and communities to invest in voluntary projects that contribute to the management of areas of national or international conservation significance.
Since 2011, we have committed more than US$75 million to biodiversity conservation through our alliance with Conservation International and with other partners. We look for projects that can provide multiple benefits such as improving water quality or quantity, providing nature-based solutions to climate change, and supporting local livelihoods or cultural benefits, in addition to the core objective of improving biodiversity conservation.
Projects we have invested in include: