With operations located mainly in Australia and the Americas, BHP is both an extractor and processor of minerals, oil, and gas. In 2018 the company reported an annual revenue of approximately 44.3 billion U.S. dollars, down from 59 billion U.S. dollars in 2008. Moreover, being one of the largest mining companies worldwide, its market capitalization amounted to some 44.07 billion U.S. dollars as of September 2018, making it one of the leading global players in the mining sector. It has some 28,926 employees as of 2019 globally, with the greatest share of the employees working in in Australia.
Being a large global mining company, BHP is not free of controversy. In November 2015, a mine waste water dam in south-eastern Brazil owned by BHP and Vale collapsed. It killed at least 17 people, injured more than 50 people, and caused devastating environmental damage to the surrounding area.