Bettercoal Newsletter May 2020

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Welcome to Bettercoal Newsletter
May 2020

Since the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic, the world has been living through challenging and strenuous times. We understand that the unprecedented times we are facing also demand unprecedented measures by organisations all over the world. We are working closely with Bettercoal Suppliers and Members, who are putting in place different measures to respond to the current circumstances in the best possible way they can, complying with local and national legislation and constantly assessing the impact of their actions in the present but also in the times to come.
 
Following the evolution of the global context, Bettercoal has been adjusting its projects and work accordingly. Although this implied that some of our international in-person commitments had to be put on hold for now, Bettercoal has committed to continuing all the work it can virtually and has been taking the necessary steps to keep the engagement as much as possible with internal and external stakeholders.
 
In this line, we are proud to announce the launching of the Bettercoal Annual Report 2019, which reviews the organisation’s milestones and achievements in the last year. We have also launched the Bettercoal Code Review, which seeks to improve the robustness of the Code and align more with the industry around responsible environmental and social mining practices. This year we are continuing our engagement with our Suppliers and stakeholders in Colombia and Russia through the Country Working Groups’ work. Additionally, we have working on different thought pieces and articles to add our grain of sand to the most relevant discussions around coal mining and trying to shed light into less spoken of issues in the industry.
 
We look forward to keeping on working and engaging with our numerous internal and external stakeholders through our work and support through these difficult times.
 
Anne-Claire Howard
Bettercoal Executive Director

We are proud to announce the publication of
Bettercoal Annual Report 2019

Find more about our work and progress here
Bettercoal Code Review

Bettercoal is reviewing the Bettercoal Code, the sustainability standard against which we assess coal producing sites. This review follows ISEAL good practice and Bettercoal’s Code Review Procedure.

Find out more here
Bettercoal Suppliers
 
Bettercoal currently has 18 committed Suppliers from key countries around the world, 13 of which have reached the Continuous Improvement Plan (CIP) stage.
 
Due to the Covid-19 Pandemic, programmed Site-Assessments for this year are under revision and postponed until further notice. However, the Bettercoal Secretariat is following up virtually as much as possible with current Bettercoal Suppliers on their respective stages of the
Assessment Process. We are also working with our Suppliers to see how they are dealing with the current crisis.
Bettercoal New Members

Over the last 3 months, we have welcomed two new Members:

Onyx Power joined Bettercoal as Regular Member and Dr Dirk Maubeck, Chief Commercial Officer, will be joining the Board of Directors.

Port of Amsterdam has joined Bettercoal as an Associate Member

Find out more about Bettercoal Membership
here
Country Working Groups
 

During their first year of work in 2018, the Colombia Working Group (CWG) and Russia Working Group (RWG) have made significant progress and focused on the engagement with key local and international stakeholders in both countries. 
 
The goals set for the groups in their Work Plans 2020 are based on the learning of its first year of work. Although the Covid-19 pandemic context inevitably affect some of them, the Country Working Groups are committed to continuing as much as possible its work and engagement virtually.

Learn more about what the Colombia and Russia Working Group have been doing here.
Publications

Bettercoal also engages with external stakeholders via topic-based media publications.

You can access the most recent ones:
Pakistan coal mine workers: left behind in the fight against climate change
Bettercoal’s purpose is to build a more responsible global coal supply chain. But with climate change being the main priority, it is becoming increasingly challenging to engage stakeholders around the issues of workers’ rights and improving Health and Safety practices in coal mining.

In this thought piece, Bettercoal dives into the current situation following an interview with the Pakistan Central Mines Labour Federation (PCMLF) to better understand the challenges workers are facing and what the international community could do to help.  

Read the full article
here.
Divestment: A Short-Sighted Solution for Responsible Coal Mine Closure
This thought piece revises the implications of divestment for the coal supply chain. The article explores the idea that although many would see the divestment from coal assets as a positive step to address climate change, there are other factors to consider.

Read the full article
here.
The Indian Imperative
Access the article written by Bettercoal’s Executive Director, Anne-Claire Howard, for World Coal Magazine, on The Indian Imperative, where she explains the need of having a more responsible coal supply chain in India.

Read the full article
here.
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