Since the Bettercoal Code was launched in 2013, it has become the internationally recognised Standard for assessing, assuring and sustaining stringent ethical, environmental and social performance in the coal mining supply chain.
Bettercoal Members use the 12 Principle Bettercoal Code, Assessment Process and Continuous Improvement Plans to understand, manage and mitigate the Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) risks in their coal supply chain, striving to increase year-on-year the percentage of coal purchased from Bettercoal Suppliers. Bettercoal Suppliers use the Bettercoal Code to further improve their ESG performance, maximise their positive contribution to workers and local communities, and minimise any negative impacts on the environment.
The Bettercoal Code is composed of 12 principles, which can be divided into three main areas: governance, social and environment. Within the Code, there are 144 numbered provisions that Bettercoal assesses its Supplier companies against. The Code is accompanied by the Bettercoal Code 2.0 Guidance, developed to help Bettercoal Suppliers and Bettercoal Assessors better understand and interpret the requirements of the Code and the steps needed to implement it, also enabling a consistent approach from one Site-Assessment to another.
Development of the Bettercoal Code has been underpinned by formal and transparent stakeholder consultation processes and public comment periods, with consensus on the last revision of the Code 2.0 overseen by the Bettercoal Technical Advisory Committee between 2019 and 2020. The Code 2.0 supersedes the previous Code 1.1.
The 2019-2020 Bettercoal Code Review followed ISEAL good practice and Bettercoal’s Code Review Procedure, with full details on the process found in the Bettercoal Code Review Public Summary document. A full register of the comments received during the consultation periods, and reviewed and addressed after, can be found here.