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December: Martin Christie ends his term as Executive Director of Bettercoal and the initiative announces appointment of Anne-Claire Howard as the new Executive Director.  Bettercoal participates at the Dutch Stakeholders meeting on the Coal Chain Covenant in The Hague, The Netherlands.

November: Bettercoal and Branded Trust start the development of the new online Assurance Platform.  Bettercoal is part of the Dutch delegation to visit coal mines and communities in South Africa.  Bettercoal Board of Directors and Drummond Company Inc. meet in Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

October: Bettercoal participates at the RESOLVE Voluntary Standards in Mining conference in San Fancisco, United States, at the Sustainable Supply Chain Summit in London, United Kingdom and at the World Coal Association conference 'Sustainable Energy Development: Opportunities and Innovation for Indian Coal' in India.  The second face-to-face meeting of the Technical & Advisory Committee takes place in London, United Kingdom.

September: Polska Grupa Gornicza Sp. z o.o. (PGG) Site-Assessment, Poland.  Bettercoal organises a Workshop for Suppliers in Moscow, Russia.

July: HJ Banks Site-Assessment, United Kingdom.  Bettercoal and FNV discuss synergies following Colombia visit.

June:  Bettercoal Annual Review 2015 and the MIRO Conformity Review Report 2016 are published.  The first face-to-face meeting of the Technical & Advisory Committee takes place in Geneva, Switzerland.  Bettercoal has its Annual General Meeting in London, United Kingdom.  Bettercoal meets City of Amsterdam officials at the Port of Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

May: Bettercoal moves offices at WeWork Chancery Lane, London, United Kingdom.  Bettercoal participates at the ISEAL Global Sustainability Standards Conference in Washington DC, United States and at the ICGLR-OECD-UN GoE Forum on Responsible Mineral Supply Chains in Paris, France.

April: Bettercoal appoints Nikolaus Valerius as the new Chair of the Board.  Bettercoal participates at the opening of Uniper's new power plant in The Netherlands.  Bettercoal ends the collaboration with BSR which led to the establishment of the initiative.

March: Bettercoal organises a Workshop for Suppliers in Katowice, Poland.  Bettercoal participates at the CSR Europe Open Forum on 'Shared Responsibility for Human Rights and Global Value Chains' in Brussels, Belgium.

February: Irena Popa-Antohi joins Bettercoal as the new Program & Membership Coordinator.

January: PT Adaro Site-Assessment, Indonesia.


December: Canyon Coal Site-Assessment, South Africa

November: Technical & Advisory Committee approved by the Bettercoal Board of Directors. Re-assessment of Drummond Ltd., Colombia. Kuzbassrazrezugol Site-Assessment, Russia.

September: Bettercoal participates at the Coaltrans Conference, Japan 

August: ESB joins Bettercoal as Regular Member.

July: Stakeholder Panel meets the Bettercoal Board of Directors.

June: Rietlanden Terminals joins Bettercoal as Associate Member. The Bettercoal Progress Report 2012-2014 is published. The MIRO Conformity Review Report 2015 is published.

May: Bettercoal participates at the Responsible Coal Mining Conference in The Hague, The Netherlands.

April: Marieke van der Mijn joins Bettercoal as the new Assessment Program Manager. Bettercoal briefs global financial institutions in London.

March: Iberdrola joins Bettercoal as Regular Member. Bettercoal meets Stakeholder Panel.


November: Bettercoal presents to Ethical Corporations Sustainable Supply Chain Summit, London, UK, and participates in key Dutch Trade mission to Colombia focusing in responsible coal mining.

September: Bettercoal participates in a Responsible Coal Mining Roundtable in Bogota, Colombia.

May: Bettercoal approves assessment bodies eligible to conduct site-assessments at coal mines.

April: Bettercoal moves to an operational phase engaging mining companies in its assessment program.


September: Bettercoal publishes the Bettercoal Code in Spanish, Russian and Bahasa.

July: Major milestone for Bettercoal as new Code is adopted by the organization’s Members. New Code is a first in the sector and sets clear expectations for ethical, social and environmental performance in coal production.

June: Bettercoal consultation process concluded and, following discussion of revisions with the Bettercoal Stakeholder Advisory Group, the final version of the Bettercoal Code will be proposed for adoption by the Members.

April: Bettercoal consultation process Phase completed including stakeholder meeting in Jakarta, Indonesia.


September: Bettercoal opens global consultation process on the draft Bettercoal Code.

July: Global consultation announced for new code of practice that builds upon existing mining standards and recognizes current best practice in the industry.

May: Dr Martin Christie appointed Bettercoal Executive Director.

February: Bettercoal legally registered as a global not-for-profit organisation.


December: Independent Stakeholder Advisory Group established.

June: Founding members publicly announce their intention to formally establish Bettercoal as a new business-led initiative.

January: BSR (Business for Social Responsibility) appointed to facilitate the development of the initiative.


A group of European energy companies meet to discuss the potential to establish a new responsible coal initiative.

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Bettercoal Code

The Bettercoal Code sets out the ethical, social and environmental principles and provisions that members of Bettercoal expect organizations producing coal in their supply chain to align with.

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