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.

Guiding Principles

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

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In conducting their activities, AME members should strive to:

  1. Create positive economic, social, and environmental benefits during all phases of mineral exploration and development. Adhere to these principles through good governance and proactive and adaptive management.
  2. Develop comprehensive, clear and transparent relationships with communities that recognizes local cultures, customs, knowledge and values and is built on meaningful engagement and clear communication supported by social and environmental management plans.
  3. Manage activities in an ethical manner and at a minimum comply with applicable permits, laws, and regulations. In the absence of specific regulations, operate in accordance with accepted international standards.
  4. Integrate leading scientific, environmental, social and risk management practices in the planning, design and implementation of activities to ensure the responsible use of natural resources.
  5. Establish collaborative working relationships to support the sustainability of communities through development initiatives that are based on local priorities, goals and aspirations.
  6. Proactively engage with communities and governments to consider social or environmental legacies where practicable.
  7. Seek opportunities for continuous improvement and innovation, through the application of new knowledge, diversity strategies, technologies and leading international standards.

AME Social Responsibility and Community Engagement Video Series

These videos provide AME members with leading practice examples and tips in achieving a high level of corporate social responsibility in the mineral exploration industry.

Robert Simpson, PR Associates: Effectively communicating Science, Engineering and Mineral Exploration and Mining to communities and non-technical stakeholders

Angela Johnson, SSR Mining: Investor’s expectations of the social performance of mineral exploration and mining companies.