The International Cyanide Management Institute (ICMI) announced today that AngloGold Ashanti Limited has submitted an amended signatory application to re-designate its Cerro Vanguardia operation in Argentina for certification under the International Cyanide Management Code (Code), after voluntarily withdrawing it in May 2009 along with five other operations (see our release http://www.cyanidecode.org/media_pr125.php). With its re-designation for certification, Cerro Vanguardia is once again subject to the Code’s requirement to be audited for compliance by independent, third-party professionals meeting ICMI auditor criteria within three years of the date of this action.
The Code is a voluntary industry program for companies involved in the production of gold using cyanide and companies producing and transporting this cyanide. It was developed under the aegis of the United Nations Environment Programme by a multi-stakeholder Steering Committee. The Code is intended to complement an operation’s existing obligation to comply with the applicable laws and regulations of the political jurisdictions in which the operation is located.
ICMI has been established to administer the Code, promote its adoption, evaluate its implementation, and manage the certification process. A detailed list of the operations covered by signatory companies’ applications, along with the full text of the Code and its implementing and administrative documents, are available at www.cyanidecode.org.
Wednesday, December 15, 2010