AngloGold Ashanti Limited’s Sadiola Gold Plant Fully Certified Under International Cyanide Management Code

The International Cyanide Management Institute (ICMI) announced today that AngloGold Ashanti Limited’s Sadiola Gold Plant in Mali has been certified as fully compliant with the International Cyanide Management Code (Code).

The Sadiola Gold Plant had been found in substantial compliance with the Code and was conditionally certified in November 2009, and its Corrective Action Plan was posted on the ICMI web site. In April 2010, ICMI received and posted a Partial Completion Report from an independent professional third-party auditor, along with an extension of the operation’s original date for completion of the remaining item. ICMI now has received and accepted a report from an independent professional third-party auditor verifying that the remaining item has been corrected and the operation is fully compliant with the Code. The auditor’s Final Completion Report is available on the web site at and the previous Partial Completion Report has been removed. The Sadiola Gold Plant must be re-audited every three years to evaluate its continuing compliance with the Code.

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

Monday, August 2, 2010