CSR Abroad - Performance Standards and Guidelines

There are a growing number of tools that define and address the meaning of CSR, and also provide guidance on how to implement it properly. Some of these tools, such as the United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, apply universally to all companies. Others, such as the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative, are the result of multi-stakeholder collaborations between companies, governments, and civil society. Some tools, such as the Mining Association of Canada’s Towards Sustainable Mining initiative, have been developed specifically by and for the mining industry. In all cases, these tools provide advice that mining companies can use when developing or implementing their CSR practices. Below are some CSR-relevant memberships, commitments, tools and guidelines for Canadian mining and exploration companies:

Responses by Company

The following companies indicated that they adhere to the Mining Association of Canada’s Towards Sustainable Mining (TSM) principles, or use TSM as guidance:

  • Agnico Eagle Mines Limited
  • Axe Exploration Inc.
  • Barrick Gold Corp.
  • Cameco Corporation
  • Dios Exploration Inc.
  • Goldcorp Inc.
  • HudBay Minerals Inc.
  • Nortec Minerals Corp.
  • Rhyolite Resources Ltd.
  • Sherritt International Corporation
  • Suncor Energy Inc.
  • Typhoon Exploration Inc.

The following companies indicated that they have committed to the United Nations Global Compact initiative:

  • Angkor Gold Corp.
  • AuRico Gold Inc.
  • Barrick Gold Corp.
  • Candente Copper Corp.
  • Goldcorp Inc.
  • Kinross Gold Corp.
  • NOVAGOLD Resources Inc.
  • Suncor Energy Inc.

The following companies indicated that they have adopted the International Cyanide Management Code:

  • Agnico Eagle Mines Limited
  • Banro Corporation
  • Barrick Gold Corp.
  • Goldcorp Inc.
  • Kinross Gold Corp.
  • NOVAGOLD Resources Inc.

The following companies indicated that they participate in the Devonshire Initiative:

  • Angkor Gold Corp.
  • Barrick Gold Corp.
  • Cameco Corp.
  • Goldcorp Inc.
  • HudBay Minerals Inc.
  • Kinross Gold Corp.
  • Sherritt International Corporation

The following companies indicated that they implement the World Gold Council’s Conflict-Free Gold Standard:

  • Agnico Eagle Mines Limited
  • Banro Corporation
  • Barrick Gold Corp.
  • Goldcorp Inc.
  • Kinross Gold Corp.
  • NOVAGOLD Resources Inc.

The following companies indicated that they implement cthe Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative:

  • Angkor Gold Corp.
  • Banro Corporation
  • Barrick Gold Corp.
  • Candente Copper Corp.
  • Goldcorp Inc.
  • Handa Copper Corp.
  • HudBay Minerals Inc.
  • Kinross Gold Corp.
  • NOVAGOLD Resources Inc.
  • Sherritt International Corporation

The following companies indicated that they comply with the International Finance Corporation’s Performance Standards/Equator Principles:

  • American Vanadium Corp.
  • Angkor Gold Corp.
  • Banro Corporation
  • Barrick Gold Corp.
  • Goldcorp Inc.
  • HudBay Minerals Inc.
  • Kinross Gold Corp.
  • MBAC Fertilizer Corp.
  • NOVAGOLD Resources Inc.
  • Sherritt International Corporation
  • Unigold Inc.

The following companies indicated that they used the Prospectors & Developers Association of Canada’s e3 Plus Framework for Responsible Exploration to guide their CSR policies and programs:

  • Agnico Eagle Mines Limited
  • Angkor Gold Corp.
  • Axe Exploration Inc.
  • Banro Corporation
  • Cartier Resources Inc.
  • Dios Exploration Inc.
  • Freeport Resources Inc.
  • Kinross Gold Corp.
  • MacDonald Mines Exploration Ltd.
  • Red Pine Exploration Inc.
  • Typhoon Exploration Inc.
  • Unigold Inc.

The following companies indicated that they report to the Carbon Disclosure Project:

  • Agnico Eagle Mines Limited
  • AuRico Gold Inc.
  • Barrick Gold Corp.
  • Cameco Corp.
  • Goldcorp Inc.
  • HudBay Minerals Inc.
  • Kinross Gold Corp.
  • Suncor Energy Inc.

The following companies indicated that they implement the International Council on Mining & Metals’ Sustainable Development Framework:

  • Angkor Gold Corp.
  • Barrick Gold Corp.
  • Goldcorp Inc.
  • Kinross Gold Corp.
  • NOVAGOLD Resources Inc.

The following companies indicated that they adhere to the International Organization for Standardization’s ISO 14001: Environmental Management System standard:

  • American Vanadium Corp.
  • AuRico Gold Inc.
  • Barrick Gold Corp.
  • Cameco Corp.
  • HudBay Minerals Inc.
  • Kinross Gold Corp.
  • Sherritt International Corporation
  • Suncor Energy Inc.

The following companies indicated that they adhere to the the International Organization for Standardization’s ISO 26000: Social Responsibility Standard:

  • AuRico Gold Inc.
  • Suncor Energy Inc.

The following companies indicated that they adhere to the principles and standards outlined in the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises:

  • Banro Corporation
  • Barrick Gold Corp.
  • Kinross Gold Corp.
  • NOVAGOLD Resources Inc.

The following companies indicated that they participate in the Global Reporting Initiative:

  • Agnico Eagle Mines Limited
  • Angkor Gold Corp.
  • AuRico Gold Inc.
  • Barrick Gold Corp.
  • Cameco Corporation
  • Endeavour Silver Corp.
  • Goldcorp Inc.
  • HudBay Minerals Inc.
  • Kinross Gold Corp.
  • NOVAGOLD Resources Inc.
  • Sherritt International Corporation
  • Suncor Energy Inc.

The following companies indicated that they implement the United Nations Guiding Principles on Business & Human Rights:

  • Angkor Gold Corp.
  • Barrick Gold Corp.
  • Candente Copper Corp.
  • Goldcorp Inc.
  • HudBay Minerals Inc.
  • Kinross Gold Corp.
  • NOVAGOLD Resources Inc.
  • Sherritt International Corporation
  • Suncor Energy Inc.

The following companies indicated that they adhere to the principles and standards outlined in theOECD Due Diligence Guidance on Responsible Supply Chains of Minerals from Conflict-Affected and High-Risk Areas:

  • Banro Corporation
  • Barrick Gold Corp.
  • Kinross Gold Corp.

The following companies indicated that they are members of the Voluntary Principles on Security and Human Rights or are guided by the Principles: or are guided by the Principles:

  • Angkor Gold Corp.
  • Banro Corporation
  • Barrick Gold Corp.
  • Freeport Resources Inc.
  • Goldcorp Inc.
  • Kinross Gold Corp.
  • NOVAGOLD Resources Inc.
  • Sherritt International Corporation

In addition to the above memberships, guidelines and commitments:

Banro Corporation indicated that it participates in the International Conference of the Great Lakes Region and is applying for Devonshire Initiative membership.

Cameco Corporation indicated that it has received the Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business’ Progressive Aboriginal Relations gold level distinction.

Cartier Resources indicated that it is a member of Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada (PDAC), the Quebec Mineral Exploration Association (AEMQ), and the Val-D’Or Chamber of Commerce.

Goldcorp Inc. indicated that it engages with the Business for Social Responsibility organization.

HudBay Minerals Inc. indicated that it participates annually in the RobescoSAM/DJSI sustainability survey and draw on the assessment results from RobecoSAM to help guide its programs and priorities in CSR. HudBay Minerals also indicated it participates in the Mining Advisory Council in Manitoba and notes that, although it is not currently a member of the Voluntary Principles on Security and Human Rights, in its human rights policy it commits to using the Voluntary Principles to guide risk assessment and practices in dealing with public and private security.

Sherritt International Corporation indicated that it contributes to the Business and Biodiversity Offsets Programme (BBOP) and that it aligns its CSR approach with the Universal Declaration of Human Rightsand the Occupational Health & Safety Assessment Series (OHSAS) 18001.

Suncor Energy Inc. indicated that it has been a Ceresmember company since 2007, is a Boreal Leadership Council member and a signatory to the Boreal Forest Conservation Framework, works with the Wood Buffalo Environmnetal Association, the Regional Aquatics Monitoring Program, participates in the Cumulative Environmental Management Association, the CDP Investor Initiatives, the CDP Water Program, Canada’s Oil Sands Innovation Alliance, was named to the Dow Jones Sustainability Index North American Leadership Indexfor 15 consecutive years, the FTSE4Good Index, and the Jantzi Social Index, is a Patron member of the Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business, is Progressive Aboriginal Relations (PAR) programcertified, falls into the Corporate Knights Index’s Top 100 Global Sustainable Companies, is a founding member of the Canadian United Nations Global Compact(and also listed on the UN Global Compact 100), was a 2014 Global Reporting Initiative North American Sector leader for Oil and Gas (reported at the A+ level), and has received a Chartered Professional Accountants of Canada Award of Excellence in Sustainability Reporting for the past six consecutive years. Suncor also indicated that while it is not a member, it does follow the Voluntary Principles on Security and Human Rights.

Zenyatta Ventures Ltd. indicated that it contributes to the Constance Lake First Nation Community Events and organizes the Zenyatta Charity Golf Tournament.