BHPBilliton is among the world’s top producers of major commodities item includingiron ore, metallurgical coal, copper furthermore uranium. The organization alsohave interest in oil, gas and energy coal.
Thecompany extracts and refines oil, gas and minerals from their creationoperations which is mainly located in Australia and the Americas. Their itemsare sold all around the world. Furthermore, their sale and promotion headedthrough Singapore, Houston and United states. BHP Billiton worldwideheadquarters are in Melbourne, Australia. (Aboutus BHP Billiton) Theorganization has employees more than 65,000 representatives and contractors,they mainly look after their people’s wellbeing and security and making sure tocreate an environment free from injuries, occupational illness and fatalities. Theirbig organization permits them to settle on serious commitments to communities.
The ongoing nature of operations help them to build collaborative communityrelationships. Their goal is to expand their social and economic benefits oftheir operations, achieving economic growth and diminishing their environment. Process of Presentation Information Ourgroup has chosen to follow the standard layout and process that has beenprovided within the tutorials. With this we have agreed on equally divided workthat has been assigned to all group members.
Format? Introduction on BHB (About thecompany’s, financial position, share price) ? Chapter Topic (What the chapter isabout, what relevant theories relate to BHB) ? Issues in the company (Does thecompany have any issues that relate to the topic) ? Discussion of the Issues (Analyseand examine the issues and synthesise this relating to the topic)? Recommendations (What are yourrecommendations for BHB on how to deal with these issues) ? Conclusion (Summary of thereflections from recommendation) Withthis format, we are able to present enough information providing the audiencewith information on BHP and what they do, relate the chapter topics andtheories that will be applied to BHP, identify and describe the issues relatingto BHP. Then using the topic and theories along with the issues previouslyaddressed, we will discuss the impact that these issues will have on differenttypes of ethical issues. Wewill then be able to present our recommendations for dealing with the issues,and providing a final conclusion on our report for BHP Billiton. This processfor the presentation should be delivered in a coherent and cohesive mannertoward our audience. Discussion of finding information BHPhas many programs and although many of its top executives in recent times havefocused on the environment the company is notorious for the detrimental impactsit has had on the environment, as well as being notorious for a number ofsocial issues. BHP has a terrible record in dealing with areas in relation toindigenous rights, environmental sustainability and climate change.
There arealso a number of new breakout social issues that have affected BHP and themining conglomerate, perhaps the biggest being the increasing suicide rates inthe mining industry. Perhapsone of its more infamous examples of indigenous conflict is uranium mining. Anexample of this is during the fifties and sixties hundreds of Aboriginalcommunities were cleared out into cattle stations, towns and cities, whenAustralian and British governments using the uranium sourced from mines testedatomic weapons in the South Australian desert and off the coast of WesternAustralia. This left many Aboriginal people with serious health issues such ascancer and other unexplainable sickness’ as well as homeless. The BHP-ownedOlympic Dam in south Australia is another example of mistreatment of sacredagricultural sights. The uranium mine draws around 30 million litres of watereveryday from the Great Artesian Basin, an ancient underground water source,sacred to the Aboriginal people.The company also has no plans for themanagement of 60 million tonnes of radioactive tailings dump that the minecreates, leading to further environmental issues.
Miningentities contribute 2/3rds of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions fromindustrial sources, BHP are among the major emitters of greenhouse gas.Alongside other major corporations such as rio tinto BHP have emitted 914billion tonnes of carbon dioxide over the last 150 years, and in 2015 wasranked as the 20th largest polluter in the world. As a result of this BHP hascome under major scrutiny for their methods in dealing with the environment.
Depressionrates in fly in fly out workers remains high, although BHP have began toimplement programs to combat this issue, the suicide rates among employeesremain lengthy, with hundreds of miners committing the act every year. Welfarecutbacks and loneliness are the major contributors, as mental health isbecoming a more concerning prevalent issue. A statement given to The NewcastleHerald from a BHP spokesperson stated following the large number of BHPemployee deaths “we will continue to work to improve their existing programsand look to what other mental wellness measures could be introduced”. Howeverrates are ever climbing, and the problems and issues are not being combattedeffectively. Appendix Information