Canyon Coal is the first South African coal mining company to undergo the Bettercoal Assessment Program and is listed on the Bettercoal website as a participating supplier. As explained on their website Bettercoal is a global, not-for-profit initiative that has been established by a group of major European utilities to promote the continuous improvement of corporate responsibility in the coal supply chain, with a specific focus on the mines themselves. As a participating supplier, Canyon aims to achieve the same continuous improvement within our organisation.

Canyon was featured in the Bettercoal Annual Review 2015, on page 8, as a new participating supplier, the entire document can be found here, and an extract of the feature on Canyon is added below:

“Following the completion of the Self-Assessment Questionnaire in May 2015, the Site-Assessment, the first Bettercoal site assessment in South Africa, took place in December 2015. Three assessors from Synergy Global Consulting Ltd., a Bettercoal approved Assessor, carried out the Site-Assessment between 7-9 December 2015 at the Hakhano Colliery in Mpumalanga and offices. The Site-Assessment included a tour of the entire mine site, visits to the offices, the sidings used to transport the coal to clients, the Bonginhlahla Centre in Middelburg and interviews with senior management, employees, union representatives, contractors and consultants, representatives from local government, local community council representatives, and neighbouring farmers.

The assessment found that Canyon has a very strong compliance focus; areas, where there are clear legal requirements, are managed well and the company invests in doing things properly.  The company has a small close-knit team and contractors are treated as part of the team and are committed to the company. Though the area is relatively water stressed, water management was also identified as an area of good practice.  As a mid-scale junior mining company, the assessors identified that Canyon can benefit from further formalising its systems and procedures, and local stakeholder engagement, whilst maintaining its close, quality team.”

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