BHP remains a member of some of the most influentially oppositional industry associations on climate policy in Australia, including the Australian Petroleum Producers and Explorers Association (APPEA), the Minerals Council of Australia (MCA), the NSW Minerals Council and the Australian Industry Greenhouse Network (AIGN). These groups continue to conduct extensive and influential adverse climate advocacy in multiple jurisdictions, which run counter to BHP’s stated climate policies and objectives.

History of engagement

In September 2017, ACCR filed a resolution to the BHP board, requesting that it “commission a comprehensive review of [BHP’s] positions, oversight and processes related to direct and indirect public policy advocacy on energy and climate change”. The resolution also called for the termination of paid membership of industry bodies that have demonstrated a pattern of advocacy on policy issues at odds with the company’s positions, and the disclosure of all payments by BHP for direct or indirect lobbying relating to climate and energy policy. The resolution received 9% of the vote at BHP’s November 2017 AGM, and in response BHP made a commitment to conduct a limited review of its memberships.

BHP announced their decision to exit the World Coal Association but to remain with the U.S Chamber of Commerce (USCC). The USCC has a long history of opposing measures to tackle climate change. BHP also published a review of its industry associations in December 2017. However, since then, many of its Australian industry associations have continued to advocate for policies misaligned with BHP’s own climate and energy policy positions.

Media coverage