Ian Dunlop eyes BHP Billiton board position

CLIMATE change advocate and former resources boss Ian Dunlop will address BHP Billiton at its annual general meeting next week, in an effort to be elected to the board of the energy giant.

His chances of success will be slim after Mr Dunlop garnered only a sliver of support at BHP's London AGM in October.

Votes from BHP shareholders given ahead of both the London and upcoming Perth AGMs will be collated to determine who earns a seat on the board.

The former Shell executive and chief executive of Australian Institute of Company Directors was driven to fight for a seat after the company's board began supporting the dumping of a carbon price in Australia after previously backing its creation.

"I am nominating to the board of BHP Billiton as I believe that the future prosperity and longevity of the company depends on the company's actions now to address the fundamental strategic risk posed tot he business by climate change," Mr Dunlop said.

He said shareholder value and damage to the climate itself each posed dangers for companies.

Earlier this week, he told Crikey the current board had "impressive skills and wide experience" but was failing to grasp the challenges posed by climate change.

Mr Dunlop is expected to address the BHP meeting on November 21.