Working with others

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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.



ISEAL is the global membership association for credible sustainability standards. Its members are sustainability standards – such as Fairtrade International, FSC, MSC, UTZ and RJC – that meet the ISEAL Codes of Good Practice and promote measurable change through open, rigorous and accessible certification systems.

ISEAL + Bettercoal

Bettercoal supports the ISEAL mission and has been an ISEAL Subscriber since April 2015. Where possible, Bettercoal follows the ISEAL Codes of Good Practice and Credibility Principles in developing its standards and assurance systems.


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.

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.