BHP launches major worldwide restructuring, AFR reports

Workers at BHP’s Jansen potash project in Canada. Credit: BHP

BHP Group Ltd., the world’s biggest miner, has embarked on a major restructure of its global business, affecting units from mine-planning to decarbonization and heritage protection, according to a report in the Australian Financial Review.

The changes led by chief executive officer Mike Henry will see several specialist teams disbanded and their functions reassigned in a bid to cut costs and simplify operations, the AFR reported, without saying where it got the information. Individual commodity units will have more responsibility to run themselves self-sufficiently, it said, adding that BHP has started shedding jobs in Australia.

“As part of our continuous improvement in how we approach work, we have made some changes to better align work activities within assets and support quicker decision-making,” BHP said in an emailed response to questions from Bloomberg News. It didn’t comment on job cuts.

BHP — a major producer of everything from iron ore to copper and metallurgical coal — suffered a sharp profit slump in its fiscal first half. While that was largely due to a $2.5 billion writedown in its nickel business, most major miners have been hit by cost inflation and softer commodity prices.

In its financial results last week, BHP said the cost of mining was higher than prior to the Covid-19 pandemic, and warned that while prices pressures from energy and logistics had eased, labor costs remained a key risk.

In Australia, BHP’s country president Geraldine Slattery sent a message to staff outlining the changes to functions including health, safety, environment and mine planning.

The AFR report didn’t say how many staff members might be affected by the restructure.

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