e3 Plus

About (Quick History)

e3 Plus in its current form was launched in 2009 by the Prospectors & Developers Association of Canada as its signature corporate social responsibility initiative. 

The original incarnation of e3 Plus was simply e3, which stood for Excellence in Environmental Exploration. e3 was produced in 2003 and was quickly supplemented by the creation of toolkits designed to improve social and health and safety performance—the “plus” in e3 Plus.
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e3 Plus is an initiative of the Prospectors & Developers Association of Canada (PDAC).

For further information, contact:

Anne Belanger,
Project Coordinator
135 King Street East
Toronto, Ontario
Canada M5C 1G6.
416 362 1969 x286.

e3 Plus

e3 Plus is an online information resource to help companies exploring for minerals improve their social, environmental and health and safety performance. 

Community Engagement Guide

PDAC members and stakeholders have continually flagged the importance of community engagement. When done properly, it can lay the foundation for companies and communities to jointly benefit from mineral exploration and development. This is why the PDAC has created a brand new e3 Plus chapter on community engagement with world renowned community engagement expert Luc Zandvliet.

First Engagement - A Field Guide for Explorers

Human Rights

When PDAC undertook consultations with members and stakeholders in 2013, the role of the minerals industry in promoting respect for human rights emerged as a priority theme. The Human Rights guidance in e3 Plus was updated to include the work of the former UN Special Representative on Business and Human Rights, Dr. John Ruggie, whose ground-breaking work has helped clarify the role of business. The e3 Plus guidance provides a background on the key issues as well as suggestions on specific actions that explorers should take to address those issues. The guidance on management processes provides direction on how explorers can develop the organizational capacity to respond in a responsible manner.

Principles & Guidance Notes

e3 Plus is built on eight key principles that underpin the entire framework. These eight principles for responsible exploration explained in the Guidance Notes.


While Principles are important - they are the solid platform on which you should build your CSR policy—they are not enough. The Toolkits of e3 Plus will help you move from principles to practical performance, successfully. 

e3 Plus will improve your performance and help you secure a social license to operate