The International Cyanide Management Institute (ICMI) announced today that AngloGold Ashanti Limited has submitted an amended signatory application temporarily withdrawing six operations previously designated for International Cyanide Management Code (Code) certification. This is a voluntary action by the company, which has informed ICMI that it is presently unable to successfully obtain independent third-party certification audits within the required timeframe established by the Code. The six operations are: Cerro Vanguardia in Argentina, Obuasi and Iduapriem in Ghana, Geita in Tanzania, Siguiri in Guinea, and Navachab in Namibia. AngloGold Ashanti is one of the initial signatories to the Code and has already successfully received Code certification for 13 operations. It has indicated to ICMI that it is diligently working to achieve certification at all of its sites, and will resubmit these operations for certification as quickly as possible. Please see AngloGold Ashanti’s signatory page for additional information regarding the company’s basis for its temporary withdrawals (http://cyanidecode.org/signatory_anglogold.php).
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.
Friday, May 1, 2009