The Bettercoal Code sets out the ethical, social and environmental principles and provisions that members of Bettercoal expect organisations producing coal in their supply chain to align with.
The Bettercoal Code has been developed through a global public consultation process involving coal producers, trade unions, social and environmental organisations, governments, mining related service providers, and utility companies around the world.
The Code covers ethical, social and environmental principles and provisions that are relevant to coal mining companies, including:
General performance requirements, including management systems;
Business ethics performance, including disclosure;
Human and labour rights, social performance, including health and safety;
The current version of the Code has been developed with a specific focus on operating conditions relevant to coal mining sites.
The Code aims to become a globally accepted benchmark for ethically, socially and environmentally responsible practices in the coal supply chain that can be assessed by independent third party Assessors qualified by Bettercoal. The Code is made publicly available in four languages – English, Bahasa Indonesian, Russian and Spanish.