e3 Plus


Principles and Guidance Notes

e3 Plus: A Framework for Responsible Exploration was developed by the Prospectors & Developers Association of Canada (PDAC) to help exploration companies continuously improve their social, environmental, and health and safety performance. e3 Plus is an information resource on which explorers are encouraged to base their corporate social responsibility (CSR) policies and programs.

e3 Plus includes eight principles for responsible exploration, guidance notes on implementing the principles, and three internet-based toolkits in the areas of social responsibility, environmental stewardship, and health and safety. The eight principles are relevant to all exploration contexts. The guidance notes are offered to assist practitioners in converting the principles into action.

Principles for Responsible Exploration

  1. Adopt Responsible Governance and Management

  2. Apply Ethical Business Practices

  3. Respect Human Rights

  4. Commit to Project Due Diligence and Risk Assessment

  5. Engage Host Communities and Other Affected and Interested Parties

  6. Contribute to Community Development and Social Wellbeing

  7. Protect the Environment

  8. Safeguard the Health and Safety of Workers and the Local Population

Click on the principle to open the accompanying guidance note.