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25 Jan 2016

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Bettercoal

“'Digging Deeper: The Human Rights impact of coal in the global South', by DEJUSTICIA and the Business and Human Rights Resource Centre"

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Comments in this recent report (November 2015) about Bettercoal highlight the importance of reporting and dialogue with interested parties to provide updates on our activity and plans.

On page 52, the report states:
“Among energy companies, some European coal buyers have created the Bettercoal initiative. It includes a code for mining companies that they purchase from, covering transparency, human rights, and social and environmental performance. It does provide for site-level assessments, but these are largely carried out by coal mining companies themselves, with only one to date (Drummond in Colombia) conducting a third-party assessment – in a process that NGOs criticized as lacking independence or transparency and ignoring victims of violence or the need to provide remedies for abuse. The initiative as a whole is entirely governed by energy companies that use coal – leaving it open to criticism from development organizations that it fails to include the voices of affected people, lacks transparency, and sidesteps the need for remedies for past abuses.”...

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