PDAC

Social Responsibility for Small and Medium Exploration Companies

The Social Responsibility for Small and Medium Exploration Companies document includes valuable resources for small and medium size mineral exploration companies. The listings are organized by topics loosely based on the principles defined in e3Plus: a Framework for Responsible Exploration.

The categories include:

  1. Corporate Governance
  2. Engaging Host Communities
  3. Ethical Business Practices
  4. Human Rights and Conflict
  5. Environment and Health & Safety
  6. Community Development and Social Wellbeing
  7. Due Diligence and Risk Assessment

Click here to read the Social Responsibility for Small and Medium Exploration Companies document.

e3 Plus Framework

The aim of the e3 Plus framework is to help exploration companies continuously improve their social, environmental and health and safety performance and to comprehensively integrate these three aspects in to all their exploration programs. The principals and guidance document is available in English, French, Spanish, and Portuguese.

To access the toolkits, a valid email address is necessary. Three separate, comprehensive e3 Plus "toolkits" are currently available for download (broken link).

1- Excellence in Environmental Stewardship Toolkit (EES)

This toolkit was created specifically for the mineral exploration industry. The content is issue-specific and aimed at providing a set of guidelines for common exploration activities. There are up to 5 sub-levels of detail on how to best manage the following:

  • Archeological and cultural sites
  • Planning needs
  • Land disturbance
  • Site management
  • Air management
  • Wildlife management
  • Water usage
  • Dealing with hazardous material
  • Spill and waste management
  • Reclamation
  • Radiation protection
  • Specific checklists are suggested for use with camp-site, trenching, drilling, and stream-crossing activities

This toolkit is designed to be useful for normal exploration activities. The table of contents serves as a guideline to direct the user to relevant specific topics. For example, when your company is planning any type of ground survey, there is a section under Land Disturbance on Minimizing Disturbance with specific information on clearing vegetation, and best practices while undertaking line cutting and surveying (section 5.4.2.1).

In addition to information about best environmental practices, the impact is considered of social license issues on new mine development and exploration.

2- Excellence in Social Responsibility Toolkit (ESR)

This tool outlines a company's conduct with respect to corporate and responsible governance, due diligence and risk management, community engagement and development, ethical conduct, and human rights.

There is a specific section addressing the question, "How Do I Determine What I am Responsible For?".

Guidelines for best practices relate to:

  • Governance
  • Due diligence
  • Community engagement
  • Community development
  • Ethical conduct
  • Human rights

This toolkit relies on 3 concepts:

  1. Due diligence
  2. The sphere of influence
  3. Materiality

Carrying out due diligence will determine the sphere of influence for which a company is responsible. Materiality refers to a company's duty to disclose information to stakeholders. This ties in to transparency, an important factor in CSR reporting and a central consideration in Socially Responsible Investing.

3- Excellence in Health & Safety in Exploration Toolkit (EHS)

The health and safety resource covers:

  • General safety principles
  • Field equipment safety
  • Safe field practice
  • Vehicular safety

The PDAC is in the process of creating additional material for each of the toolkits, including documents relating to Indigenous Peoples' rights, land management, cultural heritage, climate-specific environmental concerns, and additional specific health and safety information.

This program is still developing performance indicators, reporting criteria, and verification elements.