The International Cyanide Management Institute (ICMI) announced today that AngloGold Ashanti Limited has submitted an amended signatory application to re-designate its Navachab and Siguiri operations for certification under the International Cyanide Management Code (Code), after voluntarily withdrawing them in May along with four other operations (see our release http://www.cyanidecode.org/media_pr125.php). With the re-designation of these two operations for certification, Navachab, which is located in Namibia, and Siguiri, which is located in Guinea, are once again subject to the Code and its requirement that they be audited for compliance with the Code. AngloGold Ashanti must complete Verification Audits carried out by independent, third-party professionals meeting the criteria for auditors specified by ICMI, within three years of the date of this action. The purpose of the audits is to evaluate these operations to determine if their management of cyanide achieves the Code’s Principles and Standards of Practice as identified in the Code’s Verification Protocol.
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, July 8, 2009