Working with others

One of Bettercoal’s core values is Stakeholder Engagement and we are continuously reviewing our potential to engage further with sustainability standard systems and mining industry initiatives, to align and recognise each other’s work, identify synergies and opportunities to drive collective improvement efforts.

Initiative for Responsible Mining Assurance (IRMA)

The Initiative for Responsible Mining Assurance (IRMA) is a globally focused non-profit organisation with a mission to protect people and the environment directly affected by mining. Founded in 2006, IRMA offers independent third-party verification and certification against a comprehensive standard for all mined materials that provides ‘one-stop coverage’ of the full range of issues related to the impacts of industrial-scale mines.

IRMA + Bettercoal

Bettercoal is a Member of IRMA and can be found on IRMA’s Responsible Mining Map, with additional information on Bettercoal located here. Bettercoal and IRMA are currently discussing opportunities for the two standards to work more closely together.


ISEAL seeks to accelerate positive change by improving the impacts of ambitious sustainability systems and their partners.


ISEAL seeks to accelerate positive change by improving the impacts of ambitious sustainability systems and their partners. Bettercoal uses the ISEAL Codes of Good Practice as a reference point for our own standard development work, and have subscribed to ISEAL Insight to access information and resources that support our ongoing system development.


ResponsibleSteel is a multi-stakeholder standard and certification initiative established in 2017, who recently launched their standard and certification system for the steel industry.

ResponsibleSteel + Bettercoal

Bettercoal is an Associate Member of ResponsibleSteel and participates in Raw Materials Sourcing Working Group, where Bettercoal and ResponsibleSteel are seeking to align efforts to assess and drive continuous improvement work in the coal mining part of the supply chain.


The OECD Due Diligence Guidance provides detailed recommendations to help companies respect human rights and avoid contributing to conflict through their mineral purchasing decisions and practices.

OECD + Bettercoal

Bettercoal keeps in regular contact with the OECD and follows their ESG updates. Bettercoal also refers to the OECD Due Diligence Guidance for Minerals Framework for mining-specific recommendations and guidance, to improve the robustness of our Code and use a common globally recognised framework and language.
World Coal Association

World Coal Association

The World Coal Association is the global network for the coal industry. Formed of major international coal producers, it works to demonstrate and gain acceptance for the fundamental role coal plays in achieving a sustainable, lower carbon energy future. Bettercoal and the World Coal Association have had a Memorandum of Understanding together since 2017, engaging regularly around the role of coal in energy production, as well as in the steel and cement industries, and the promotion of sustainable mining and sourcing practices to ensure the continuous improvement of the coal supply chain.
“We signed an MOU between our two organisations in 2017, reflecting the strengthening relationship between WCA and Bettercoal. We work together constructively on our common objectives, particularly on the issue of the sustainable production and use of coal. Bettercoal has assisted us in our work on coal and the Sustainable Development Goals, helping us to build relationships with key stakeholders as we organise a series of roundtables this year. We’ve also benefited from their expertise, as the Bettercoal team have provided feedback and guidance on our work on coal and the SDGs. We’re looking forward to further collaborative efforts, as we support each other’s work to promote sustainable coal mining.” BENJAMIN SPORTON, CHIEF EXECUTIVE, WORLD COAL ASSOCIATION

IMVO Convenant

The International Responsible Business Conduct Agreement for the Metals Sector is a multi-stakeholder collaboration initiative of companies, the government, industry associations, NGOs and trade unions set-up to focus on the long-term social and environmental effects of sourcing raw materials and services in the metals sector. Bettercoal joined the RBC Agreement for the Metals Sector as a Supporting Organisation to help support the implementation of the Agreement, which includes supporting companies to identify and address potential risks in their supply chains and encourage relevant actors in the metals supply chains to adopt and implement the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises and the UN Guiding Principles for Business and Human Rights.
Former Executive Director of Bettercoal, Anne-Claire Howard, explained that “being a supportive organisation of the RBC Agreement for the Metals Sector is a unique opportunity for us to ensure that the role of coal in the metals supply chain is not overlooked and that – in the transition to a low carbon economy – we ensure that environmental, social and governance impacts of the coal value chain are taken into account for the benefit of all people impacted by the industry, workers and coal mining communities”.


The IEA Clean Coal Centre plays an active role in an extensive network of organisations whose work is relevant to our own. This informal association of knowledge partners facilitates the sharing of information and results on how to reduce the environmental impact of using coal and enhance energy security in many regions where coal is readily available.
Equitable Origin

Equitable Origin

Equitable Origin is the world’s first stakeholder-based, independent, voluntary standards system for energy production and generation established in 2009 with the mission of partnering with communities, business, and government to support transparent, sustainable and equitable energy development that benefits all stakeholders. Bettercoal and Equitable Origin have had a Memorandum of Understanding together since 2018, to identify and develop opportunities to harmonise the two standards; to share knowledge and expertise on standard-setting and assurance; to collaborate on technology-based platforms for performance measurement and verification; and to actively support the adoption of both standards and assurance systems in global energy value chains.
“We are pleased to be partnering with Bettercoal to advance responsible energy development. We look forward to collaborating with Bettercoal to build on our respective standards and due diligence systems to support members in identifying responsible sourcing risks and opportunities that exist in other energy value chains.” SOLEDAD MILLS, CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER, EQUITABLE ORIGIN

United Nations Global Compact (UNGC)

The United Nations Global Compact (UNGC) is a voluntary initiative calling upon companies and CEOs to align strategies and operations with universal principles on human rights, labour, environment and anti-corruption, and take actions that advance societal goals. Bettercoal has been signatory of the UNGC since 2017. As part of Bettercoal’s support to the UNGC and commitment to the Ten Principles on human rights, labour, environment and anti-corruption, Bettercoal engages regularly with the UNGC in annual meetings and workshops. In 2019 Bettercoal published its first UNGC Communication of Engagement (COE) and will keep on reporting on it as requested every two years.