Corporate & Social Responsibility Report

Powering economic prosperity and a better quality of life.

Corporate and social responsibility has always been an integral part of Peabody’s operating model. Our 2016 Corporate and Social Responsibility Report builds upon this commitment and is anchored around our core values: Safety, Customer Focus, Leadership, People, Excellence, Integrity and Sustainability. 

For 134 years, Peabody has been powering progress with energy to sustain life and grow economies. As the world’s largest private-sector coal company, we are proud to deliver one of the world’s most abundant, affordable and reliable sources of energy. Peabody’s coal fuels electricity generation for expanding economies and is an essential ingredient in steel manufacturing required by today’s rapid urbanization.

We commit to safety and health as a way of life.

At Peabody, Safety is our first value and a leading measure of operational excellence. Our vision is to operate safe and healthy workplaces that are incident free. Every employee commits to this vision and is accountable for what we call “Safety a Way of Life,” a culture of safety we embrace at work and away, and one that requires constant care and vigilance.

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We provide customers with quality products and excellent service.

Our role as the world’s largest private-sector coal company is both a profound responsibility and an immense privilege. Peabody takes great pride in mining, and in 2016 we traded and shipped 187 million tons of coal, serving metallurgical and thermal coal customers in more than 25 countries on five continents. Our work is grounded in an ongoing customer commitment that dates back more than a century. Download the PDF

We have the courage to lead, and do so through inspiration, innovation, collaboration and execution.

Peabody believes that safe, environmentally responsible, high-tech coal mining and power generation offer a widely available and cost competitive means to meet the energy needs of both developing and industrialized nations. Advanced coal technologies are a ready-today solution to satisfy global energy needs and accelerate the transition to low-carbon energy systems.

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We offer an inclusive work environment and engage, recognize and develop employees.

Peabody believes that we have the best workforce in the industry, and we value the talented men and women who are essential to our success. The company seeks an empowered and collaborative workplace that is built upon a foundation of mutual trust and respect, and we commit to keeping our employees informed through open and transparent communication.

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We are accountable for our own success. We operate cost-competitive mines by applying continuous improvement and technology-driven solutions.

Driving improvement in safety, productivity and costs has long been a part of Peabody’s culture, and many of the most inventive ideas and technology innovations come directly from our workforce, with best practices shared across operations. In 2016 it was no exception, with several “employee-born” initiatives and companywide programs leading to advancements in our three areas of emphasis – Operational, Portfolio and Financial. Download the PDF

We act in an honest and ethical manner.

Our commitment to operating with Integrity is a foundational tenet of Peabody’s core values, to do what’s right, every time, all the time. Peabody employees understand the importance of following this value while staying true to the company’s mission, which emphasizes our focus on creating superior value to enable economic prosperity and a better quality of life.

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We take responsibility for the environment, benefit our communities and restore the land for generations that follow.

In 2016, Peabody’s successful land stewardship achieved 1.8 acres of restoration for every acre disturbed in mining activities. The company restored 6,450 acres of mined lands into rangeland, wildlife habitat, hardwood forests, prime farmland and wetlands, including 1,220 acres of forested area, 52 acres of wetlands and more than 10 miles of high-quality streams. In addition, Peabody planted 752,635 trees, 70 percent more than the prior year. 

Peabody also works to improve lives and livelihoods in our communities through economic opportunities and our charitable giving programs, and in 2016 we injected $9.7 billion in direct and indirect economic benefits into the local, state and provincial communities where we operate.

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Peabody is the world’s largest private-sector coal company. The company is also a leading voice in advocating for sustainable mining, energy access and clean coal technologies. Peabody serves metallurgical and thermal coal customers in more than 25 countries on five continents.