Mineral Exploration

Summer 2014

Mineral Exploration is the official publication of the Association of Mineral Exploration British Columbia.

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10 S U M M E R 2 0 1 4 Photograph : Kay Farquharson /Re sc an Responsible exploration BY DANIEL LIPINSKI, SILVANA COSTA, ANDREW MATHEWSON AND JILL TSOLINAS, AME BC CORPORATE SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY COMMITTEE The AME BC Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Committee has been working to clarify concepts and increase awareness, facili- tate capacity-building and provide general guidance and support to AME BC members on the implementation of the AME BC CSR Guiding Principles. These principles were released at Mineral Exploration Roundup 2014 during the well-attended technical session, "Best Practices for Addressing Environmental Concerns and Impacts During Mineral Exploration – A Scalable Approach to Creating Value." The CSR Committee is currently made up of 18 professionals repre- senting a cross-section of the exploration and development industry, as well as AME BC support staff. Du ring t he tech n ical session at Roundup 2014, presenters focused on good environmental management as well as proactive and open communications with local communities about envi- ronmental issues – and the positive impact of this on the relationships between companies and local com- munities. Presenters also discussed the bene t to busi- ness when companies listen to community concerns and work collaboratively when developing their exploration programs. The approach to create partnerships with local communities with the focus on a common goal is proving to be very bene cial to explorers and developers in Canada and abroad. The importance of corporate social responsibility is some- thing that A ME BC members have come to recognize is of utmost value if they want to create stable, long-term projects with reduced risk of adverse effects to communities, the environment and shareholders. >> NEWS >> Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) is constantly evolving and requires proactive involvement. In upcoming issues of the AME BC News e-newsletter, the CSR Committee will be asking for your participation in answering questions regarding CSR related to the Guiding Principles, as well as asking for you to provide examples to include in the upcoming articles. Your general feedback regarding CSR will also be welcome! CSR in action: Kyle Quock helping with an archaeological survey. p10-11_News+Calendar.indd 10 14-05-26 1:37 PM

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