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Bettercoal is a global, not-for-profit initiative to promote the continuous improvement of corporate responsibility in the international coal supply chain.

The initiative has been set up by founding members DONG Energy, EDF, Enel, E.ON, GDF Suez, RWE, and Vattenfall, and aims initially to support on-the-ground changes around coal mines to the benefit of workers, communities, businesses, and the environment. The initiative is open to regular membership for major users of coal from anywhere in the world.

Bettercoal was set up in response to companies’ need for greater assurance that their coal comes from mines that take a responsible approach to protecting workers, communities, and their local environment.

The initiative formally was launched in April 2012, and as a first key step, it has started an effort to develop a Code of Practice for coal mines’ ethical, social, and environmental performance. This will take place through a global, public consultation process starting later in 2012, and will be developed with support from an independent Stakeholder Advisory Group comprised of experts from civil society, trade unions, and the mining community.

BSR has supported Bettercoal since the start of 2011, and continues to support the initiative as it enters a new phase as a Private Company Limited by Guarantee under the UK Companies Act 2006.

Our approach

  • Facilitate collaboration among founding members toward defining a vision, mission, and operating model.
  • Support development of the Bettercoal Code of Practice by leveraging expertise on ethical, social, and environmental risks, as well as impacts in the mining sector.
  • Engage with stakeholders throughout the world through a global, public consultation process.


To find out more about Bettercoal or how to join Bettercoal please contact: Angie Farrag.


  • DONG Energy
  • EDF
  • Enel
  • E.ON
  • Fortum
  • GDF Suez
  • RWE
  • Vattenfall