Around the world, we’re helping people improve their lives through the development of natural resources.

We produce bauxite, alumina, aluminium, metallurgical coal, manganese, nickel, silver, lead, zinc and copper in Australia, Southern Africa and South America. We also own a highgrade zinc, lead and silver development option in North America and have partnered with several junior explorers with a bias to base metals.

Whether it’s for use in infrastructure, energy generation, consumables or vehicles, we believe the extraction and processing of minerals and metals can be done in a responsible way.

That’s why we continually challenge ourselves to be the best in what matters – the safety and wellbeing of our people and communities, our operational performance, and minimising our environmental impact.

Making a difference

At South32 we believe that, when done sustainably, the development of natural resources can change people’s lives for the better.

This is integral to our purpose – 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.

We do this by creating local jobs, empowering and investing in communities, and contributing to governments through paying taxes and royalties – while achieving sector-leading returns for our shareholders.

Optimise, Unlock, Identify

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;
  • We unlock the full value of our business through our people, innovation, projects and technology; and
  • We identify and pursue opportunities to sustainably reshape our business for the future, and create enduring social, environmental and economic value.

Our values


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


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


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


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