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BHP Billiton: Ensuring sustainable global development

Ensuring sustainable global development

This Case Study profiles how BHP Billiton has promoted and maintained sustainable development and socio-economic sustainability.

As a result of reading this Case Study, the student should be able to:

  • Explain the concepts of sustainable development and socio-economic sustainability and outline the relationship to corporate citizenship
  • Describe how BHP Billiton deals with socio-economic sustainability with reference to employee relations, supply, and economic contributions to the host community
  • Discuss the benefits to BHP Billiton and its host communities of the socio-economic sustainability programs
  • Justify different strategies that can be used by a business to be classified as an ethical global business.


Join us in a journey; a journey embracing a range of cultures and an opportunity to meet the locals. 

BHP Billiton's approach

For BHP Billiton, sustainable development is about ensuring its business remains viable and contributes lasting benefits to society through the consideration of social, environmental, ethical and economic aspects in all that it does.

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BHP Billiton takes its ethical and social responsibilities seriously, and it demonstrates this by investing significant time, money and resources in numerous sustainable development and socio-economic programs.

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Learning Area(s):
  • Business Environment | Developing organisational culture
  • Business Environment | Stakeholders
  • Business Environment | The external environment
  • Business Environment | Types of large organisations
  • Business Structure and Organisation | Forms of ownership of large organisations
  • Business Structure and Organisation | Organisational structures:overview
  • Employee Relations | Proactive employee relations
  • Global Business | Ethical global management
  • Human Resource Management | Diversity management
  • Human Resource Management | Performance management
From: Edition 7

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