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This excerpt taken from the BBL 20-F filed Sep 25, 2006.

Strategic drivers of our business

Our core purpose is to create long-term value through the discovery, development and conversion of natural resources and the provision of innovative customer and market-focused solutions.

Fundamentally, this means that our business will have:


  a focus on the upstream extraction of natural resources


  high-quality, long-life and low-cost assets with embedded growth options


  a diversified portfolio of commodities and assets and geographic regions that reduce the volatility of cash flows


  a focus on seaborne traded commodities


  a global portfolio of employees, assets and customers.

Our strategy is based around discovering or acquiring and developing large, low-cost, high reserve assets to produce stable cash flows that support an ongoing program of exploration and development of new assets, as well as providing consistent and growing returns to shareholders. In executing this strategy, we focus on seven strategic drivers:


  People – the foundation of our business is our people. We require people to find resources, develop those resources, operate the businesses that produce our products, and then deliver that product to our customers.


  Licence to operate – we ensure that those who are impacted by our operations also benefit by the operation. Licence to operate means win-win relationships and partnerships. This includes a central focus on health, safety, environment and the community, and being valued as a good corporate citizen.


  World-class assets – our world-class assets provide the cash flows that are required to build new projects, to pay our employees, suppliers, taxes and partners, and ultimately to pay dividends to our shareholders. We maintain high-quality assets by managing them in the most effective and efficient way. Taking care of our world-class assets is absolutely critical.


  The BHP Billiton Way – this concept captures a series of Business Excellence processes, knowledge sharing networks and our customer-focused marketing organisation, which is applied to all of our assets and businesses. The development of these processes and sharing of the principles behind those concepts lead to increased economies of scale and shared best practices.


  Financial strength and discipline – we have a solid single ‘A’ credit rating, which balances financial flexibility with the cost of finance. Strong financial management is necessary in order to support the growth initiatives we are undertaking globally across all our businesses.


  Project pipeline – we are continuously identifying, prioritising and executing the next set of growth projects. It is a critical part of our strategy to successfully deliver our growth projects on time and on budget.


  Growth options – we use exploration, technology and our global footprint to identify the next generation of opportunities where we can invest and use our skills and strengths.
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