The Principles for Responsible Exploration
1. Adopt responsible governance and management
Objective: To base the operation of exploration on sound management systems, professional excellence, the application of good practices, constructive interaction with stakeholders, and the principle of sustainable development.
2. Apply ethical business practices
Objective: To have management procedures in place that promote honesty, integrity, transparency and accountability.
3. Respect human rights
Objective: To promote the principles of the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights by incorporating them into policies and operational procedures for exploration.
4. Commit to project due diligence and risk assessment
Objective: To conduct an evaluation of risks, opportunities and challenges to exploration, and prepare strategies and operational plans to address them before going into the field.
5. Engage host communities and other affected and interested parties
Objective: To interact with communities, indigenous peoples, organizations, groups and individuals on the basis of respect, inclusion and meaningful participation.
6. Contribute to community development and social well being
Objective: To have measures in place which support the social and economic advancement and capacity building of communities whose lives are affected by exploration, while respecting the communities’ own vision of development.
7. Protect the environment
Objective: To conduct exploration activities in ways that create minimal disturbance to the environment and people.
8. Safeguard the health and safety of workers and the local population
Objective: To be proactive in implementing good practices for health and safety performance in all exploration activities and seek continual improvement.