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:

Nadim Kara,
Senior Program Director
135 King Street East
Toronto, Ontario
Canada M5C 1G6.
416 362 1969 x230.

e3 Plus

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


Are you a geologist planning or working on an exploration project and looking for help? Perhaps you are at the project due diligence stage and you want to find out more about the social, cultural, political and environmental conditions of the work area. Or perhaps you are at the more advanced stage of a drilling project and you need advice on how to mitigate the impacts of the project on local communities and the environment. Whatever exploration stage you are at, you’ll find helpful advice in e3 Plus.
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CSR Staff

Has your company tasked you with dealing with the CSR aspects of an exploration project?  Do you have to engage with local communities which might be impacted by the project but you are not sure whom to talk to or what to say? Or do you have to develop a grievance and dispute resolution mechanism for use in the field?  e3 Plus can help you with such tasks as these, and much more.
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If you are a senior manager or on the Board, you may have to establish policies and procedures at a higher level, such as dealing with human rights, health and safety, bribery and corruption, etc. You’ll find lots of advice on all of these and more in e3 Plus.
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Other Stakeholders

e3 Plus was primarily developed for exploration companies but it is hoped it will be used by a much broader audience, including local communities, indigenous groups, NGOs, service and supply companies and governments. Much of the information in e3 Plus will be of interest to more than just the exploration industry—and it is free to all.
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e3 Plus will improve your performance and help you secure a social license to operate

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.

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.