At BHP, LGBT+ employee inclusion group Jasper is making inroads

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BHP technology graduate Maddy Loxley is unequivocal: were it not for Jasper, the mining giant’s LGBT+ employee inclusion group, she wouldn’t work there.

Now five years old and with more than 2000 members worldwide, Jasper aims to create visibility in a “blokey”, sometimes isolating industry and build a network of support among and for queer BHP employees.

Executive sponsor Rod Ballinger, operational general manager of the company’s Jimblebar mine in Newman, said the difference in work outcomes once people felt comfortable was marked.

“The organisation is full of people who actually want to do well,” he said. “We’re starting to see broader recognition of the value that inclusion, not just diversity, brings to our team.”

Ms Loxley joined BHP eight months ago, and heard of Jasper during her first week induction. She is now the group’s co-lead.

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