CSR in Canada – Environmental Stewardship

Environmental stewardship refers to efforts made to protect the environment, and to identify and mitigate the potential environmental repercussions of a company’s activities.  Negative impacts on the natural environment can result in a variety of adverse risks, especially for local communities who might rely on the land for their livelihood. By employing environmentally-conscious CSR practices, companies can limit the negative environmental impacts of their operations and, in some cases, can even create positive ones. Below are some examples of how Canadian mining and exploration companies have managed environmental concerns and risks in the vicinity of their projects:

Responses by Company

AuRico Gold Ltd.

The company subscribes to/implements the ISO 14001: Environmental Management System, ISO 26000: 2010: Guidance on Social Responsibility, the Carbon Disclosure Project, and the Global Reporting Initiative Sustainability Reporting Guidelines (Version 3.1).

The company’s sites incorporate an Environmental Committee, made up of members of our site management and local First Nations.

Canadian International Minerals Inc.

The company manages environmental concerns and risks by performing consultation before any work is done.

Cartier Resources Inc.

The company manages environmental concerns and risks through stakeholder mapping reports, and by meeting and discussing concerns with respect to our projected exploration activities.

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Casa Minerals

The company complies with the guidelines of BC and Canada.Footnote 1

Dios Exploration Inc.

Dios conducts its exploration activities in ways that have minimal impact on the environment and the local people.

Freeport Resources Ltd.

We engage a variety of environmental, archeological and other consultants with specialized expertise to address environmental concerns and risks. For our Hutton project, we developed an extensive Environmental Protection Plan to be reviewed by all workers prior to visiting the site. This document includes emergency response protocols and was reviewed by local government, with revisions made to address their comments and concerns. We include environmental scientists on our teams that conduct site work. As our projects are currently all in Canada, we adhere to whatever environmental standards and regulations are required by local, provincial and federal governments.Footnote 1

HudBay Minerals Inc.

We require our operating locations to have management systems certified to ISO 14001 standard.  We also expect that local community engagement and grievance mechanisms include environmentally related concerns and/or grievances.  In Canada we have provided funding to a potentially impacted First Nations community to hire an environmental consultant to review the EIA for a new mine. 

Independence Gold Corp.

The company manages environmental concerns and risks by having spill kits at each location where fuel is stored and by careful handling of camp wastes; garbage is sorted on-site and environmentally sensitive materials such as batteries are transported to the nearest approved disposal facility.

Softrock Minerals Ltd.

The company subscribes to/implements international environmental standards, guidelines, or agreements relating to emissions and water.

The company manages environmental concerns and risks through inspections by both staff and communities.

Tashota Resources Inc.

The company subscribes to/implements any international environmental standards, guidelines, or agreements as outlined in First Nations agreements. We follow the requirements of the Department of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada, and related entities.Footnote 1

Typhoon Exploration

The company promotes stewardship through sustainable development of mines. The company was awarded the E3Plus award by the AEMQ in 2010.

The company meets with stakeholders in the community, such as Aiguebelle Park employees, listens to their recommendations, and integrates these recommendations into our project pre-feasibility studies.

Zenyatta Ventures Ltd.

Zenyatta seeks input and traditional knowledge from, and engages in discussions with First Nations respecting environmental and socio-economic issues. Zenyatta discloses information exchanged between parties through an Implementation Committee with First Nations to demonstrate its consultation record to governmental agencies in the course of environmental assessment and regulatory permitting. 

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The company addresses environmental stewardship through its Environmental Policy.  Example:  Species At Risk (Woodland Caribou) - a Caribou survey will be flown following transects in conjunction with a review the MNR caribou data (wintering area polygon). Transects will be slightly longer than the claim boundary (~15 km) and will be spaced at 500 m intervals. This will result in approximately 30-32 transects. Transects will be flown at an altitude of 300-400 feet and with a landspeed between 70 and 120 km/hr. The speed will depend on weather, wind, ground cover etc. During the survey we will fly until we find caribou tracks or caribou (& other) animals. Once a set of tracks is spotted we will determine if they are fresh or not. If they are fresh we will circle in order to determine the direction of travel and the species that made the tracks. Tracks will be followed if fresh until we find the animal associated with them (when possible). Notes will also be made regarding beds, nests, craters, and slushing. Tracks from all species will be recorded (caribou, moose, deer, wolf, lynx, fox, etc). All species observed will also be recorded.


The following companies indicated that they subscribe to/implement international environmental standards, guidelines, or agreements, but declined to provide further details:

  • Jiminex Inc.
  • Skyharbour Resources Ltd.