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Our purpose, strategy and values

Our purpose, strategy and values guide not only what we do, but how we do it. Every day, in support of our purpose and aligned with our values, our people work to deliver our strategy for the benefit of all our stakeholders.

Our purpose

Our purpose is to make a difference by developing natural resources, improving people's lives now and for generations to come. We are trusted by our owners and partners to realise the potential of their resources.  

Our strategy

Our purpose is underpinned by a simple yet powerful strategy:


We optimise our business by working safely, minimising our impact, consistently delivering stable and predictable performance, and continually improving our competitiveness.

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We unlock the full value of our business through our people, innovation, projects and technology.

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We identify and pursue opportunities to sustainably reshape our business for the future, and create enduring social, environmental and economic value.

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We deliver on our purpose and our strategy by aligning our workforce behind seven ‘breakthroughs’ – commitments which shape our annual business plans across South32, enabling us to focus on what’s important. 

Our values

Our strategy outlines what we do to achieve our purpose and our values guide how we do it. Our values shape the way we behave and the standards we set for ourselves and others.

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We care about people, the communities we’re a part of and the world we depend on.

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We deliver on our commitments and rely on each other to do the right thing.

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We value difference and we openly listen and share, knowing that together we are better.

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We are courageous and challenge ourselves to be the best in what matters.