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THRIVE THROUGH CORPORATE SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY : BHP Billiton reaps reward for responsibility.

The Influential Business in the Community has revealed its Company of the Year.

The award for 2005 has gone to BHP Billiton for its commitment to responsible business practice.

The honour was revealed at Business in the Community National Awards for Excellence and G8 Business Action for Africa Dinner.

BHP Billiton, the world's largest diversified resources company beat-off strong competition to follow in the footsteps of Marks and Spencer in 2004 and Carillion in 2003 to be honoured with the award at the gala event at Royal Albert Hall in London.

Business in the Community, Chief Executive Julia Cleverdon said: "Tackling head-on its most challenging sector issues, BHP Billiton is committed to building long term relationships with key NGO partners, such as Oxfam and WWF as well as governments and peoples on whose land they operate," Ms Cleverdon said.

BHP Billiton has a long term commitment to sustainable development and has taken a collaborative approach to tackling issues and helping the disadvantaged across the world including Australia, South Africa, South America, Pakistan and Mozambique.

The company has also implemented a range of initiatives to achieve the Millennium Development Goals including a ten year HIV / AIDS programme in Africa; a cross border collaboration with Mozambique, Swaziland and South Africa to eradicate Malaria and a programme with government and community groups in Chile to support the construction of a large modern school.

Programmes are also under way in Pakistan including an initiative to set up five primary schools in the Sindh Province, close to the company's operations. In Trinidad and Tobago, the Company has been involved with a project to train and support 37farmers from La Brea Village, Mayaro in the cultivation of the cassava root crop.

Formally committed to the United Nations Global Compact, BHP Billiton is an active member of the World Business Council on Sustainable Development and a founding member of the International Council on Mining and Metals'.

They are also one of the first companies in the world to report in accordance with the 2002 Global Reporting Initiative Sustainability Reporting Guidelines and have been recognised by the Global Coalition on HIV/AIDS with its Innovation Award.

In association with The Financial Times and the Department of Trade and Industry, the Awards for Excellence are the culmination of a 12 month rigorous process involving 200 independent assessors
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