Environmental, Social and Governance (“ESG”) Policy
Tertiary Minerals plc practises responsible exploration as reflected in our ESG policy and our activities. By doing so we reduce project risk, avoid adverse environmental and social impacts, optimising benefits for all stakeholders while adding value to our projects.
Our business associates, consultants and contractors perform much of our primary activities at our projects and therefore we require that all representatives and contractors working on our behalf or for our subsidiaries accept and adhere to the principles set out in this policy. We encourage input from those with local knowledge and we review this policy on a regular basis.
Our ESG policy is guided by the Prospectors & Developers Association of Canada’s (PDAC) Framework for Responsible Exploration (known as e3 Plus) which encourages mineral exploration companies to compliment and improve social, environmental and health and safety performance across all exploration activities around the world.
Adopting Responsible Governance and Management
Tertiary is committed to environmentally and socially responsible mineral exploration and has developed and implemented policies and procedures for corporate governance and ethics. We ensure that all staff and key associates are familiar with these and have appropriate level of knowledge of these policies and procedures.
The Company employs persons and engages contractors with the required experience and qualifications relevant to their specific tasks and, where necessary, seeks the advice of specialists to improve understanding and management of social, environmental, human rights and security, and health and safety.
Tertiary’s Corporate Governance Statement and Anti Corruption policies can be viewed on our website here.
Applying Ethical Business Practices
As well as our shareholders and staff, our stakeholders include local communities and local leadership, government and regulatory authorities, suppliers, contactors and consultants, our local business partners and other interested parties. Our corporate culture and policies require honesty, integrity, transparency and accountability in all aspects of our work and when interacting with all stakeholders.
The Company takes all necessary steps to ensure that activities in the field minimise or mitigate any adverse impacts on both the environment and on local communities.
Commitment to Project Due Diligence and Risk Assessment
We make sure we are informed of the laws, regulations, treaties and standards that are applicable with respect to our activities. We ensure that relevant parties are informed and prepared before going into the field in order to minimise the risk of miscommunication, unnecessary costs and conflict, and to understand the potential for creating opportunities with local communities where possible.
Engaging Host communities and Other Affected and Interested Parties
Tertiary is committed to engaging positively with local communities, regulatory authorities, suppliers and other stakeholders in its project locations, and encourages feedback through this engagement. Through this process the Company develops and fosters the relationships on which our business relies for success.
Respecting Human Rights
The exploration activities of Tertiary are carried out in line with applicable laws on human rights and the Company does not engage in activities that have adverse human rights impacts.
Protecting the Environment
We are committed to ensuring that environmental standards are met or exceeded in the course of our exploration activities. Applicable laws and local guidelines in all project jurisdictions are followed diligently and exploration programmes are only carried out once relevant permits and approvals have been secured from the appropriate regulatory bodies.
Tertiary is committed to good practices in rehabilitation and repair during its mineral exploration activities and, where possible, choose less impactful exploration methods to limit disturbance.
This commitment has been recognised, for example by the Bureau of Land Management (USA) who in 2017 awarded the Company the Hardrock Small Operator Award for outstanding and innovative reclamation and sustainable mineral development work.
Safeguarding the Health and Safety of Workers and the Local Population
Company activities are carried out in accordance with its Health and Safety Policy, which adheres to all applicable laws.
This policy will be reviewed at least annually.
Last reviewed: 19 April 2022