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Sustainable Development and Corporate Social Responsibility: Tools, codes and standards for the mineral exploration industry (February 23, 2007)

February 23, 2007 - The Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada (PDAC) has published Sustainable Development and Corporate Social Responsibility: Tools, codes and standards for the mineral exploration industry. This 20-page document, which is available in hard copy and pdf formats, contains a listing of the resources that have been produced over the last 25 years by various organizations and associations in the areas of sustainable development and corporate social responsibility (CSR).

In announcing the publication, PDAC Patricia Dillon noted that, for companies wishing to develop or improve their management practices in CSR, there are no internationally recognized standards. However, Dillon said, “there are resources available that have been developed by various organizations and associations and that discuss, analyze and offer guidance on various aspects of CSR. The PDAC decided to draw these resources together as a service to its members and to the industry generally.”

The 36 resources contained in the new publication are divided into three separate categories. The first lists and summarizes those resources developed specifically for the mineral exploration industry. These include checklists and guides and are the most practical in nature. The second section includes codes, standards and guidelines generated by international organizations and that can be applied to the private sector generally. The last category lists background documents that represent the evolution of sustainable development and corporate social responsibility and provide a context for these topics.

The contents and objectives of each resource are briefly summarized and information is given on how each may be obtained.

Click here to download the publication in pdf format. Copies of the publication will be mailed to all PDAC members. Non-members wishing to obtain a copy contact us.