Public consultation process
To achieve its mission to advance the continuous improvement of the ethical, social and environmental performance of coal mines, Bettercoal has developed the Bettercoal Code, which aims to become a globally accepted standard for ethically, socially and environmentally responsible practices in the coal supply chain.
Bettercoal developed the Bettercoal Code in close consultation with the Stakeholder Advisory Group. The Stakeholder Advisory Group provided advice and guidance on:
the draft Bettercoal Code that is submitted for public consultation,
the design of the consultation process, and
the response and integration of comments submitted during the consultation process.
Bettercoal performed the global consultation process in line with good practice as defined by ISEAL Code of Good Practice for Setting Social and Environmental Standards.
The process included:
Consultation documents in four languages including English, Indonesian, Russian and Spanish
Two consultation phases of minimum 60 days and 30 days respectively
An online consultation process through a custom built website, where users were able to post and view comments
In-person consultation events in key coal exporting countries, including in Colombia, Indonesia, South Africa and Russia
Publishing responses to comments received and how they were considered in the updated documents under consultation
Public Consultation Phase 1
Work on the development of the Code started in late 2011 with the creation of the Stakeholder Advisory Group. The Code was developed into its draft version 1.0 form and put up for public consultation in September 2012. There were opportunities to provide feedback through the Bettercoal consultation website, via email, teleconferences, and three in-country consultations in South Africa, Russia and Colombia, involving the participation of over 100 individuals and organisations including coal producers, trade unions, environmental and human rights NGOs, and technical experts. The Phase I consultation period concluded on 18 December, 2012.
Public Consultation Phase 2
As a result of Phase 1, version 1.2 of the draft Code was developed in conjunction with our Stakeholder Advisory Group. Version 1.2 was then subject to Phase 2 of the consultation, which commenced in April 2103 and ran for 30 days. During this period we also held a stakeholder meeting in Jakarta, Indonesia where over 40 people attended a workshop event. We also included our Assessment guidelines into this phase of consultation. We reviewed the feedback received in the consultation Phase 2 with our Stakeholder Advisory Group.
Bettercoal Code adoption
On July 15, 2013, Bettercoal members adopted the Bettercoal Code v1 at the first Bettercoal AGM.
We are grateful to all those who have shared their views with us in writing, teleconferences or in-country meetings.