Four pillars

Four pillars

Indicators

  • Investment
  • Distribution
  • Economy

  • Investing in the local economy

    The copper industry is a significant economic contributor to both the communities and governments in which it operates. The goal of our economic indicators is to capture the true economic value of these investments and demonstrate how much wealth the organisation has created for its stakeholders.

    Investing in the local economy

    The copper industry is a significant economic contributor to both the communities and governments in which it operates. The goal of our economic indicators is to capture the true economic value of these investments and demonstrate how much wealth the organisation has created for its stakeholders.

    The copper sector reinvests funds providing employment for local people and creating business for local suppliers. It also distributes funds to governments through the taxes it pays and to the financial sector through the loans on capital.

    The economic indicators include:

    1. Investment in sustainable operations such as capital expenditures, research and development, environmental protection and occupational health and safety.

    2. Distribution of economic value: This includes direct plus indirect contributions to the economy such as operating costs, employee wages, payments to providers of capital, taxes and community investments.

    Reinvesting for the future

    Of the US$ 120 billion that the copper industry contributes to the economy ever year, $ 86 billion is spent on operational costs, $ 15 billion is paid in taxes, $ 11 billion goes to employee wages and benefits, $ 6.5 billion is paid to providers of capital and $ 0.3 billion is invested in local communities.

    The copper industry invests between $ 20-30 billion every year to make its operations more sustainable. This includes around $21 billion for new equipment and plants, $ 1.2 billion to protect and preserve the environment, $ 0.7 billion in research and development and $0.3 billion to ensure employees’ health and safety.

  • DRIVING LOCAL ECONOMIC GROWTH THROUGH INVESTMENT 

    Since 2000, the Mopani mines in Zambia have invested US$250 million in health, education, infrastructure, water and sanitation, agriculture and sport.

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  • FOSTERING LONG-TERM
    DEVELOPMENT
    OF SUPPLIERS

    As a large, global organisation BHP Billiton has the capacity to help grow local businesses and foster the long-term development of suppliers in host communities.

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  • 120 BN INVESTED BACK
    INTO THE GLOBAL ECONOMY
    EVERY YEAR 

    The copper industry contributes to the global economy by reinvesting 90% of its total revenues in the form of employee wages, taxes and community investments.

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