Employer information

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Australia United Kingdom

Metals, Mining, Petroleum
Company size
Melbourne, Australia

Workplace initiatives at BHP

Workplace initiative Status
Breastfeeding rooms Yes (in selected locations)
Coaching programs In Development
Continuation of superannuation payments whilst on paid Parental Leave
Continuation of superannuation payments whilst on unpaid Parental Leave
Domestic and Family Violence policy
Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
Employee engagement scores year on year
Employee turnover rate 8%
Employer is a Pay Equity Ambassador* No
Internal Women's networking groups
Leadership development programs
Mentoring opportunities
Minimum tenure required to be eligible for Paid Parental Leave 3 months for permanent full-time or part-time employees
Open to discussing flexible working arrangements at the interview stage?
Opportunities to purchase leave
Paid Parental Leave at full salary for primary carer (not including government-funded parental leave) Minimum 18 weeks
Paid Parental Leave at full salary for secondary carer Up to 2 weeks
Paid volunteer days No
Programs for parents returning to work after Parental Leave No
Targets to raise the number of women in leadership

About BHP

"Theres no role in our company that a woman can't play" 

- Andrew McKenzie, CEO.

In 2016, BHP Billiton set an ambitious target. The mining giant pledged to increase the number of female employees by 3% every year to deliver a 50% female workforce by 2025. CEO Andrew McKenzie promised to ‘remove the unconscious bias that women have been disadvantaged by for a very long time in a male-dominated environment’.  

While women hold 16% of Australia's resources sector jobs, the percentage of women at BHP sits above the industry average at 17.6%. That’s more than double where it was five years ago. Around 27% of the company’s senior executives are women and 23% occupy other executive roles. At a graduate level, BHP improved itsgender balance intake from 34% in 2014 to 49% in 2016. By 2018,the companyhad begun paying super on unpaid parental leave and introduced athree months minimum tenure for eligibility.

Athalie Williams, the Company’s Chief People Officer, says that inclusion and diversity is one of the Company’s key strategic objectives.

“We want to make a difference, not just for our organisation, but for society at large. it’s about driving change at a practical, operational level. For women, that might mean having female toilets underground at mining sites or having available personal protective equipment that fits them. Or being aware of unconscious bias, such as assuming a female executive wouldn’t take an international posting because she has young children.”