Corporate responsibility and respect for human rights, in the quest for mine development around the world, is being questioned and challenged on many fronts. At the same time, mineral exploration and development provide opportunities for economic and social advancement throughout the world, and companies based in Vancouver are active in mineral exploration and mining in at least 80 countries globally.
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 better lives to the people we engage.
AME is committed to assisting our members reach their highest potential and works closely with the Canadian Institute of Mining & Metallurgy (CIM), PDAC, and other industry partners on initiatives that promote social responsibility.
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:
- Communicate their collective commitment to these guiding principles to fellow members and communities of interest.
- 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.
- Maintain and build upon a culture of corporate social responsibility and adhere to these principles through proactive and adaptive management.
- 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.
- Practice continuous improvement through the application of new technology, innovation and in observation of international standards in all facets of their projects or operations.
- Work with communities of interest and governments to address environmental legacy issues where practicable.
- Balance economic, social, and environmental considerations during all phases of mineral exploration and development.
- Recognize local cultures, customs and values that may exist in the area of a project or operation.
- Develop comprehensive, clear and transparent relations with communities of interest, supported by social and environmental management plans and meaningful consultation about proposed activities.
- Establish collaborative working relationships to support the sustainability of communities of interest through development initiatives that are based on local priorities, goals and aspirations.
- Conduct rigorous and transparent assessments and audits through all phases of mineral exploration and development to assure high standards of practice.