EEM Newsletter – December 2014

community_socialassesmentNew Project in Africa

EEM has been selected by a major bauxite producer in West Africa to develop a Resettlement Action Plan (RAP) to properly guide the resettlement and compensation of populations affected by the extension of its extraction activities. Read more.

This work follows on from the Environmental and Social Impact Assessment for the mine extension that EEM completed in 2014. Read the case study.

New Case Study: Management System Planning


With new corporate requirements for a Sustainability Excellence Management System, and commitments to abide by numerous external obligations, Goldcorp-Éléonore’s new mining operations in northern Quebec needed a plan to meet expectations. EEM was retained to develop a site-specific management system to ensure the new facilities would operate in ways that minimize their environmental and

social impacts. Read the case study.

strategy_communicationsNew Case Study: Tourism Development Strategic Plan

EEM was selected among twelve consulting firms to develop a Tourism Development Strategic Plan for the region of Moosonee and Moose Factory located in north-eastern Ontario. Read the case study.

ISO 14001: 2015 First Trials

In anticipation of the Final Draft ISO 14001 standard due to be published by the end of 2015, Paul MacLean was invited to speak about the major changes by the Quebec association of environmental auditors (Association québécoise de vérification environnementale AQVE). Highlights of the presentation can be viewed here.


On the 8th January 2015 at 2pm, Paul MacLean will also be presenting a webinar on ISO14001:2015, hosted by Intelex, an EHS software firm. You can register for the free webinar here.

The new ISO high level structure for management systems was used to define the elements of a management system addressing multiple sustainability topics at a new goldmine operation in northern Quebec. Read the case study here.

Should your organisation be contemplating an integrated management system or an upgrade to ISO 14001:2015, we’d be pleased to share our experience and guide your first steps.

community_partneringCanada updates its CSR Strategy for Canadian Extractive Sector Abroad

The Government of Canada has published an updated Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) strategy for Canadian companies operating in the extractive sector abroad. Of note, where host country CSR requirements differ from the international standards listed below, the Government of Canada expects Cana

dian companies to meet the higher, more rigorous standard. The international standards referred to in the strategy include, among others:

– the International Finance Corporation’s Environmental and Social Performance Standards,

– the United Nations’ Voluntary Principles on Security and Human Rights, and

– the OECD Due Diligence Guidance for Responsible Supply Chains of Minerals from Conflict-Affected and High-Risk Areas.

Learn more about the government’s strategy.

TSX Companies to Disclose Senior Management Gender Diversity 

Companies listed on the TSX and other Canadian stock exchanges, will need to report on gender diversity as soon as 2015.  New rules have been published that apply to company community_stakeholderreports covering fiscal year 2014 under National Instrument NI58-101. These require disclosure of the number of women not only on the board of directors but also in executive officer positions. Furthermore, companies are required to provide disclosures on policies regarding the representation of women on the board and in senior management, and any associated targets. Where no policy or target exists, the company must explain their absence.

Read more about the requirements in the document describing the amendments NI 58-101.


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