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BHP Billiton: Sustainability and addressing climate change

Sustainability and addressing climate change

This Case Study profiles how BHP Billiton has developed and implemented its Sustainable Development Policy and dealt with climate change issues.

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

  • Outline the concepts of sustainability, climate change, change management, holistic business approach, and emission/carbon credit trading
  • Identify why BHP Billiton developed its Sustainable Development Policy and addressed climate change issues
  • Describe BHP Billiton's business case for and approach to sustainable development
  • Explain the importance to BHP Billiton of addressing climate change issues.


Imagine that the world is like a business.

BHP Billiton's holistic approach

BHP Billiton's purpose is to create long-term value through discovery, development and conversion of natural resources, and the provision of innovative customer and market-focussed solutions.

BHP Billiton's sustainable development strategy

A business will only survive if it is profitable and sustainable in the long term.

Responding to climate change

Climate change is a global issue that has caused serious concern over the past two decades.

Creating a climate change policy

BHP Billiton operates within a dynamic business environment.

Effective operational management - EKATI Diamond Mine

The EKATI Diamond Mine, located in Lac de Gras region, Northwest Territories, Canada, is an example of what can be achieved when climate change policies are implemented.


BHP Billiton takes its ethical and social responsibilities seriously and invests time, money and resources in numerous sustainable development programs.


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Associated with:
Learning Area(s):
  • Business Environment | Mission and Objectives
  • Business Structure and Organisation | Aligning structure to objectives
  • Business Structure and Organisation | Forms of ownership of large organisations
  • Business Structure and Organisation | Organisational structures:overview
  • Change Management | Change issues for business
  • Change Management | Managing change effectively
  • Change Management | Sources of change
  • Employee Relations | Proactive employee relations
  • Ethics and Social Responsibility | Corporate governance
  • Ethics and Social Responsibility | Risk Management
  • Ethics and Social Responsibility | Socially responsible programs and approaches
  • Global Business | Ethical global management
  • Public Relations | Crisis PR management
  • Public Relations | PR Tactics and their application
From: Edition 3

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