The International Cyanide Management Institute (ICMI) announced today that it accepted the application of Asante Gold Corporation to become a signatory to the International Cyanide Management Code (Cyanide Code). The company operates the Chirano and Bibiani mines in Ghana. Asante Gold Corporation acquired the Chirano mine in August 2022 from Kinross Gold Corp., which is also a signatory to the Cyanide Code. The Chirano Gold Mine has been certified in compliance with the Cyanide Code three times (2013, 2016 and 2020).
As a signatory, Asante Gold Corporation commits to following the Cyanide Code’s Principles and implementing its Standards of Practice, and to verification audits of its operations conducted by qualified, independent third-party auditors. Operations are certified if found in compliance with the Cyanide Code, and may be de-certified if ICMI determines that they no longer comply with the Cyanide Code.
The Cyanide Code is a voluntary industry program focused on the safe and environmentally responsible management of cyanide by companies producing gold and/or silver and by companies manufacturing, warehousing, and transporting cyanide. It was developed under the aegis of the United Nations Environment Programme by a multi-stakeholder Steering Committee and is amongst the most established certification programs in the mining sector. The Cyanide Code is intended to complement an operation’s existing obligation to comply with the applicable laws and regulations of the political jurisdiction in which the operation is located.
ICMI has been established to administer the Cyanide Code, promote its adoption, evaluate its implementation, and manage the certification process for operations using, producing and transporting cyanide. A detailed list of the operations covered by signatory companies’ applications, along with the full text of the Cyanide Code and its implementing and administrative documents, are available at www.cyanidecode.org.
Thursday, April 13, 2023