The Bettercoal Code (Version 1) was launched in June 2013. It was developed with the multi-stakeholder Stakeholder & Advisory Group, comprised of interested parties with a broad representation of interests in the key issues addressed by the standard.
Coal producers, trade unions, social and environmental organisations, governments, mining related service providers and utility companies around the world were involved in the public review process that took place between 2011 and 2013.
The Bettercoal Code covers ethical, social and environmental principles and provisions that are relevant to coal mining companies and it is grouped into four areas:
General Implementation Expectations: Legal Compliance, Policies and Systems;
Business Ethics: Disclosure, Bribery and Facilitations Payments;
Human Rights and Social Performance: Human Rights, Workers' Rights, Community Engagement;
Environment: Environment, Pollution Prevention, Biodiversity.
The Bettercoal Code is available in four languages:
Next Steps - Revision of the Bettercoal Code
Section I. Preface (A.-G.) of the Bettercoal Code will be updated and aligned once the Assurance System review is completed at the end of 2017.
Bettercoal will develop a Standards-Setting and Review Procedure with the Technical & Advisory Committee in Q2-Q3 2017, which will outline the public review procedure, scope and timelines for Bettercoal Standards. The procedure will become available on the Bettercoal website once it is approved by the Board of Directors.
In its standards development, Bettercoal commits to:
Be open and transparent in its standards development process;
Encourage input from a wide range of interested and affected parties;
Treat input from interested and affected parties with integrity and respect;
Report publicly on submissions received, including how comments have been addressed in subsequent drafting.
The public review of the Bettercoal Code is due to start in the second half of 2018.
More information on the public consultation process for the Bettercoal Code - Version 1 can be found here.