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

We produce commodities including bauxite, alumina, aluminium, copper, silver, lead, zinc, nickel, metallurgical coal and manganese from our operations in Australia, Southern Africa and South America. With a focus on growing our base metals exposure, we also have two development options in North America and several partnerships with junior explorers around the world.

Whether it’s for use in construction, energy and renewables, the automotive industry or consumer goods, 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 create value in the communities where we operate and make a positive contribution to society more broadly by providing the commodities the world needs, paying taxes and royalties, providing jobs, developing local suppliers, investing in community programs and providing returns to 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.