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Bettercoal Code

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.


Latest news

21 February 2018

Bettercoal in 2018: Operationalise and Grow

Coal use is set to stagnate for the coming decade with its share in the global energy mix forecast to decline from 27% in 2016 to 26% in 2022 . Europe is reducing its footprint significantly with many countries setting hard deadlines for the end of the use of coal for power, and companies publicly signalling the end of their involvement in coal fired power plants. The US, Canada and even China have seen their demand for thermal coal decline. However, we must remember that coal also serves many other purposes than power generation and that use does not appear to be reducing or undergoing the same challenges. } read on

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