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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The Geneva Centre for the Democratic Control of Armed Forces (DCAF) and the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) have developed a range of Tools as part of their joint project to develop guidance to support companies operating in complex environments. These tools are available on the DECAF website.


e3 Plus is an initiative of the Prospectors & Developers Association of Canada (PDAC).

For further information, contact:

Melanie Wallace,
Analyst, International Development & Sustainable Development
[email protected]
135 King Street East
Toronto, Ontario
Canada M5C 1G6.
416 362 1969 x 291.

e3 Plus

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

PDAC supports global efforts to reduce the carbon footprint of the minerals and metals industry

In October 2015 the ICMM released a statement to offer support for the creation of an international climate change agreement and it can be found here. The October statement outlines the ICMM's support for "an effective binding global agreement on climate change", a "greater use of renewable energy" and "collaborative approaches to accelerate the use of low-emission coal technologies as part of a measured transition to a lower-emissions energy mix".

e3-Plus---EESAs a member association to the ICMM, the PDAC supports the ICMM's statement on climate change and encourages its members to find ways to reduce their carbon footprint.  To that end, PDAC has developed extensive guidance on responsible exploration through its e3 Plus: A Framework For Responsible Exploration. Various sections of e3 Plus are relevant for companies interested in climate change mitigation and adaptation, particularly in the Environmental Stewardship toolkit. In particular, the content of the chapters on "air management", "water use & water conservation" and revegetation processes may be of use to companies interested in climate change. 

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.

e3-Plus---PDAC-First-Engagement-ReportFirst 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.