Integrated Social Responsibility

AME recognizes that corporate responsibility and respect for human rights, in the quest for mine development around the world, is being questioned and challenged on many fronts. AME is committed to assisting our members reach their highest potential and that includes acting as the most responsible national and international mineral exploration companies in the world.

We know most Canadian companies do their best to be good corporate citizens in the face of often difficult circumstances in many parts of the world.  We recognize our record is not perfect but through sharing best practices and adopting high standards we believe we can not only develop mineral properties, but also bring economic development and better lives to the people we engage in the developing world.   The Association works closely with the Canadian Institute of Mining & Metallurgy (CIM), PDAC, and other industry partners on CSR.

Initiatives

Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada (PDAC) – e3 Plus
The CSR Committee of the PDAC has been developing the e3 Plus Principles and Guidelines over the past two years. The e3 Plus initiative is at the stage where the principles and guidelines need to be test-driven in order to determine how they can be made operational and evaluated using consistent measures. AME has been asked to help by seeking out companies with operations in Africa, Latin America and here in BC that will agree to participate in this test and will be supporting the process as part of the team as it unfolds. For more info see http://www.pdac.ca/pdac/advocacy/csr/index.html

Canadian Institute of Mining (CIM)
The CIM supports the Canadian Centre of Excellence in CSR. Planning meetings are being held across the country to determine the scope, mandate and level of commitment for the proposed Centre. An Interim Executive Committee is steering the planning and implementation; the federal Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade has provided seed funding to CIM and is participating directly in these planning sessions. The AME Integrated Social Responsibility Committee is contributing to this initiative. For more information on the Centre, see http://www.cim.org/en/Societies-and-Branches/Societies/Environmental-and-Social-Responsibility-Society/Vision-Mission.aspx

Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade (DFAIT) – The Office of the Extractive Sector Corporate Social Responsibility Counselor
The DFAIT implemented a CSR Strategy that created a new office with a CSR ‘Counselor’ who is tasked with supporting socially responsible practices of Canadian-based companies operating overseas and host governments (e.g. Africa, Latin America). This followed a large consultative series of roundtables on the subject. DFAIT also is producing a regular newsletter on CSR topics and issues.

The Office of the Extractive Sector Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Counselor was established in 2009 as part of the Government of Canada’s CSR Strategy for the International Extractive Sector. Broadly speaking, the Strategy is designed to help Canadian mining, oil and gas companies meet their social and environmental responsibilities when operating abroad.

For more info, see http://www.international.gc.ca/trade-agreements-accords-commerciaux/ds/csr.aspx

Guiding Principles

The Association for Mineral Exploration BC (AME) recognizes the importance of building and maintaining mutually beneficial, respectful and lasting relationships based on principles of social responsibility to maximize the positive economic and social benefits from mineral exploration and development to present and future generations.

In conducting their activities, AME members should strive to:

  1. Communicate their collective commitment to these guiding principles to fellow members and communities of interest.
  2. Ethically manage their activities and comply with applicable permits, laws, and regulations. In the absence of specific regulations, operate in adherence to accepted international standards.
  3. Maintain and build upon a culture of corporate social responsibility and adhere to these principles through proactive and adaptive management.
  4. Apply leading scientific, environmental and social management practices in the planning, design and implementation of activities in order to use natural resources responsibly while minimizing environmental effects.
  5. Practice continuous improvement through the application of new technology, innovation and in observation of international standards in all facets of their projects or operations.
  6. Work with communities of interest and governments to address environmental legacy issues where practicable.
  7. Balance economic, social, and environmental considerations during all phases of mineral exploration and development.
  8. Recognize local cultures, customs and values that may exist in the area of a project or operation.
  9. Develop comprehensive, clear and transparent relations with communities of interest, supported by social and environmental management plans and meaningful consultation about proposed activities.
  10. Establish collaborative working relationships to support the sustainability of communities of interest through development initiatives that are based on local priorities, goals and aspirations.
  11. Conduct rigorous and transparent assessments and audits through all phases of mineral exploration and development to assure high standards of practice.