Collaborating For Sustainable Outcomes

Port Waratah Coal Services has published its annual Sustainable Development Report, describing our sustainability approach and performance for the 2019 calendar year.

8 April 2020

With a theme of Collaboration the report demonstrates how we improve our operational, social and environmental performance through building strong relationships and working in partnership with our employees, customers, coal chain partners and the local community.

“The role collaboration plays in Port Waratah achieving its objectives and goals is crucial,” said Chief Executive Officer Hennie du Plooy.

“Our tagline of Pioneering through Partnership isn’t just words, it’s at the core of the way we do business. We know we are only as strong as our people, the working relationships we share as part of the coal chain, and the trust we build with our community stakeholders.”

The report highlights the ways in which sustainability is integrated into Port Waratah’s day-to-day operations – from improving safety performance and reducing our potential impacts on the environment, to supporting our local community and pursuing operational excellence. 2019 was a near-record year for Port Waratah in terms of export tonnes, and in addition to setting a number of operational performance benchmarks, significant improvements in safety and environmental performance were recorded.

In 2019 we also grew our commitment to making a local difference consistent with the global sustainability agenda by addressing new areas such as the potential for modern slavery in our operations and supply chain. During the year we completed a comprehensive review to ensure we are identifying and mitigating modern slavery risks, an aspect which is not only essential to meet new legislative requirements, but also makes a positive contribution to the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

“As a local business with a global reach we recognise our responsibility to identify the risk of modern slavery in our supply chains, and take positive action to ensure it is eliminated, thereby positively impacting the global goals around decent work and economic growth,” said Mr du Plooy.

The 2019 report also marks the launch of Port Waratah’s Sustainable Development site, which provides an engaging experience for users. The site is structured around Port Waratah’s five key business drivers and allows users to explore details of our sustainability approach and performance, with the option to download corresponding sections of the report or read the report in full. Visit sustainability.pwcs.com.au for more.

Maintaining our reporting to international standards, Port Waratah’s 2019 report has again been prepared in accordance with the Global Reporting Initiative’s (GRI) Sustainability Reporting Guidelines, meeting the GRI Standards Core option.

While we may be celebrating the publishing of our 2019 report, we recognise that much of our focus and effort as a community is currently consumed by the local impact of the global crisis caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.  Our business, as a component of the Hunter Valley coal chain, continues to operate, but it is far from business as usual.  We are operating with a range of additional controls, consistent with Government guidance, aimed at ensuring the health and safety of our employees, contractors, their families and our community.

“Our commitment to the health and wellbeing of our people and community is the primary consideration as we adapt our operating practices and community interactions to deal with this challenge.”, said Mr du Plooy.

For more information please contact
Paul Chamberlin
Office:  (02) 6239 7037
Mobile: 0419 233 989
Email: pchamberlin@tgpublic.com.au