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Collaborating For Sustainable Outcomes

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

With a theme of Collaboration, the report demonstrates how Port Waratah improves their operational, social and environmental performance through building strong relationships and working in partnership with their 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 the organisation’s potential impacts on the environment, to supporting the local community and pursuing operational excellence. 2019 was a near-record year for Port Waratah in terms of export tonnes. In addition to setting a number of operational performance benchmarks, significant improvements in safety and environmental performance were also recorded.

In 2019 Port Waratah also grew their commitment to making a local difference consistent with the global sustainability agenda by addressing new areas, such as the potential for modern slavery in their operations and supply chain.

During the year Port Waratah completed a comprehensive review to ensure they 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. It 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 for more information and to download the full report.


About Port Waratah Coal Services Port Waratah Coal Services has been receiving, stockpiling, blending and loading coal for export at the Port of Newcastle for over 40 years. They own and manage the Kooragang and Carrington Coal Terminals, which operate 24/7, and have a combined capacity of 145 million tonnes per annum. Port Waratah has always been two things – a pioneer and a partner. They are committed to understanding and fulfilling their responsibilities as an employer and community member, as well as meeting their legal obligations. Port Waratah is an unlisted public company working in partnership with more than 25 producers and other service providers in the Hunter Valley Coal Chain. They aim to continuously improve their environmental performance, contribute to the local economy by buying and employing locally and support the sustainability and resilience of the local community through their Community Investment and Partnership Programme.

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