Responsible Exploration

PDAC has long been an advocate for the industry to improve its social, environmental and health & safety performance both at home and abroad. PDAC was the first industry association in the world to develop detailed guidance for companies on how to explore responsibly. This guidance - e3 Plus: A Framework for Responsible Exploration - is now available free of charge on our website.

Responsible exploration is about behavioural change. PDAC’s efforts to improve industry performance are aimed at  catalyzing change by supporting industry leadership, improving governance and activating markets (i.e. investors). While this work takes place year-round, the annual PDAC Convention provides a platform for all of this work to come together in the form of Short Courses, CSR Event SeriesAboriginal Program, and related side events such as the annual Resource Governance Symposium that is co-organized by PDAC, the Intergovernmental Forum on Mining, Minerals and Sustainable Development, and the World Economic Forum

PDAC is currently focusing on the following issues:

Climate Change

PDAC supports the Government of Canada’s efforts to develop a pan-Canadian framework on clean growth and climate change and has established a climate change working group.

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Disclosure and Reporting

Transparency has both an economic development dimension (i.e. transparency of resource revenue payments) and a broader sustainability dimension. 

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To fuel discussion and encourage change, PDAC has hosted several deliberative dialogues on the subject of “Women and Mining.” 

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Health & Safety

PDAC’s Health and Safety (H&S) Program is a key element in PDAC’s strategic priority of responsible exploration.

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Human Rights

PDAC has been actively involved in the design, implementation and revision of Canada's CSR Strategy for the Extractive Sector Abroad.

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Aboriginal Engagement

Developing positive relationships between mineral and mining companies and Aboriginal communities.

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