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BHP Billiton wants its suppliers to understand and respect its business conduct standards and for them to realise that compliance with these and ensuring high ethical standards are non-negotiable. They must be understood and practiced by employees, contractors and suppliers.
A key event in this regard was a Global Supplier Forum BHP Billiton held in Melbourne in February 200It included a session on the value of ethics and its expectations and requirements regarding ethics and business conduct in the supply relationship.
BHP Billiton's Charter forms the foundation of its corporateculture and principles of business conduct. It states that high standards of business conduct, including honesty and integrity, are required in all its dealings.
BHP Billiton's Guide to Business Conduct provides a basis for achieving the expected standards. The company requires systems to be in place at all its operations to ensure that employees and contractors are familiar with, and abide by, the requirements of the Guide.
There is strong commitment at the highest levels of BHP Billiton that its business conduct principles are understood and practised not only by its employees and contractors but also by its suppliers.