e3Plus - Social Responsibility in Exploration

Areas of Study: Environment and Community

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This course is one of a series of courses developed from e3 Plus: A Framework for Responsible Exploration, a guideline developed by the Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada (PDAC) to help exploration companies improve their social, environmental and health and safety performance.

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  • Completion:
  • 40 days
  • CEUs:
  • 2.0 (20 PDHs)

Course Summary

Introduction

Social Responsibility in Exploration is one of a series of courses developed from e3 Plus: A Framework for Responsible Exploration, a guideline developed by the Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada (PDAC) to help exploration companies continuously improve their social, environmental and health and safety performance and to comprehensively integrate these three aspects into all of their exploration programs around the world.

e3 Plus provides the means for members to reduce social and environmental risk to their projects, to benefit local communities and to enable companies to become world leaders in corporate social responsibility performance (CSR).

The intended audience for e3 Plus includes: the exploration sector, local communities, government organizations, non-governmental organizations, civil society, academia or any interested party.

The complete series of e3Plus courses includes the following titles:

  • Principles and Guidance for Responsible Exploration
  • Social Responsibility in Exploration
  • Environmental Stewardship in Exploration 1 - 2
  • Health and Safety in Exploration 1 - 4
Students of these courses please note that the first course in the series, Principles and Guidance, must be studied before any of the other courses.

Course Content

Social Responsibility in Exploration covers the following principal topics:

  • Part 1: Governance
  • Part 2: Due Diligence and Community Engagement
  • Part 3: Community Development and Ethical Conduct
  • Part 4: Responsibilities and Human Rights
This course is presented as 15 study sessions, each of approximately 60 minutes study duration, plus four interactive reviews that confirm the viewer's achievement of learning objectives. The total duration of the course is approximately 20 hours. Note that this course is designed to be studied at the Summary Level. The full e3Plus content is provided for reference purposes at the Detailed Text Level.

Learning Outcomes

  • Identify and discuss the social risks that apply to mineral exploration projects and apply this knowledge to reducing the level of risk to their own projects.
  • Identify and discuss the principles of governance, due diligence, community engagement, community development, ethical conduct, responsibilities and human rights in the context of mineral exploration projects and apply this knowledge to the benefit of local communities.
  • Contribute towards their company's ability to build up a program for corporate social responsibility to minimize risk, based on the principles of e3 Plus.

Recommended Background

  • Experience and appreciation of the principles and processes of mineral exploration.

Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada

The Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada (PDAC) is a national association representing the interests of the mineral exploration and development industry.

The PDAC exists to protect and promote the interests of the Canadian mineral exploration sector and to ensure a robust mining industry in Canada. The PDAC encourages the highest standards of technical, environmental, safety and social practices in Canada and internationally.

A consortium of leading mining companies conceived of the Environmental Excellence in Exploration (E3) project. The PDAC coordinated and managed the project on behalf of the global mining industry.