The International Cyanide Management Institute (ICMI) announced today that AngloGold Ashanti’s Corrego do Sitio and Queiroz Gold Mines, both in the state of Minas Gerais, Brazil, have been certified as substantially compliant with the International Cyanide Management Code (Code).
ICMI has received and accepted Detailed Audit Findings Reports prepared by an independent professional third-party auditor who evaluated the Corrego do Sitio and Queiroz Gold Mines against the ICMI’s Verification Protocol and found both in substantial compliance with the Code’s Principles and Standards of Practice. The operations will be fully certified once they have implemented their Corrective Action Plans and achieved full compliance with the Code. The operations will be re-audited every three years thereafter to evaluate their continuing compliance with the Code.
Summary Audit Reports, Corrective Action Plans and the Auditor Credential Forms demonstrating the professional qualifications of the auditors are available on the Signatory Companies Page on the ICMI web site, www.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.
Tuesday, February 3, 2009