BHP stepping up sustainability efforts

BHP president for mineral operations in the Americas Daniel Malchuk is not shy about the mining industry’s chequered history of failing to help improve the communities around its operations. He is determined that BHP will play a leading role in fixing it. By Alastair Sharp in Toronto

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Malchuk also admitted that it was getting more difficult for BHP - one of the world's biggest producers of iron ore, metallurgical coal and copper - to find quality deposits, but said the company expected to lean more heavily on technological advances including machine learning to improve the identification of big discoveries.

The senior executive said it was now both a moral and a business imperative for BHP to work together with explorers, indigenous groups, trade associations and governments to build a future for the global mining industry that was safe, productive and sustainable.

"Our industry has not always taken the best approach in terms of sustainability. We need to acknowledge, remember, and learn from that history," Malchuk told attendees at this week...