Callinex's Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) policies are constantly developing. Management, employees, and crew are continuously improving the Company's CSR policy contents and, ultimately, its performance. Callinex provides the means for employees and contractors to reduce social, environmental and safety risks to its projects, while working to benefit the surrounding local communities. Callinex has adopted the Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada's (PDAC) e3 Plus Framework of Practices for Responsible Exploration, which provides the necessary tools to continuously improve its social, environmental, and health and safety performance, and to integrate this framework into all of its exploration programs.
Callinex's CSR strategy focuses on three main areas: Community, Environment, and Health and Safety.
The Company's relationships with academic, exploration and mining, and Aboriginal groups are considered a critical part of technical and business success. The Company has an ongoing partnership with Northwest Community College School of Exploration and Mining, in an effort to actively foster the development of skilled mining and exploration talent in Northern British Columbia. Callinex recently added a First Nations Liaison to their team in order to streamline efforts towards effective communication and relationship building in First Nations communities. Callinex currently has positive, open communication ongoing with several groups, and foresees a positive future for both itself and these groups.
Callinex employs local contractors to carry out its exploration activities, and is always looking for ongoing, successful local partnerships.
Callinex recognizes the increasing importance of environmentally sound exploration to the endurance of successful exploration programs. Although the implementation of some sustainability measures may incur short-term costs, the amount saved by preventing unnecessary reclamation greatly outweighs those expenditures. When practiced efficiently, many of Callinex's environmental practices are accomplished at no cost to the Company, and in most cases are designed to save money. The Company has designed its own environmental practices and procedures based on e3 Plus, which Callinex's partners and contractors are required to follow and often go beyond provincial requirements.
Callinex actively participates in the Canadian Mineral Exploration Health and Safety Annual Report, published by the AME BC each year. One of Callinex's employees also sits on the AME BC's Health and Safety Committee, which produces Safety Guidelines for Mineral Exploration in Western Canada, collaborates with the PDAC on the annual Canadian Mineral Exploration Health & Safety Survey, and holds annual mineral exploration safety workshops.
Callinex has two Occupational Health and Safety Committees (OHSC). One permanent team is located at its head office, and another on-site team at each of its camps, is elected at the start of each project season. The head office OHSC meets several times each year to review incidents and response procedures, and to update the Occupational Health and Safety Manual as needed. The on-site camp OHSC has two weekly meetings; one with the committee and another with the camp crew. Much like the Company's environmental and community policies, the health and safety procedures are under constant review and development. Callinex's goal is to completely eliminate health and safety incidents on all of its projects.
All of Callinex's internal OHS practices and procedures supplement provincial regulations already in place. Callinex strives to have its projects recognized as some of the safest employment sites in Canada.