The International Cyanide Management Institute (ICMI) announced today that Evolution Mining Pty Ltd.’s Cowal Operations (Cowal) in New South Wales, Australia has been certified in substantial compliance with the International Cyanide Management Code (Cyanide Code). This is Cowal’s eighth certification under 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.
Cowal was pre-operationally certified under the Cyanide Code in April 2006 and was certified in full compliance in August 2007, February 2010, May 2012, May 2014, March 2016, and in September 2018. Certifications prior to 2016 were achieved while Cowal was owned by Barrick Gold Corporation. As required under the Cyanide Code, Cowal was again audited against ICMI’s Verification Protocol by independent professional third-party auditors within three years of its previous certification. ICMI has received and accepted the auditors’ Detailed Audit Findings Report, which found Cowal in substantial compliance with the Cyanide Code’s Principles and Standards of Practice. The operation can be fully certified once it has implemented its Corrective Action Plan and achieved full compliance with the Cyanide Code.
The Summary Audit Report and Auditor Credentials Form are available on Evolution Mining’s Signatory Page on the Cyanide Code website. The operation must be re-audited every three years to evaluate continuing compliance with the Cyanide Code.
The Cyanide Code 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. We invite you to read our 2020 Annual Report, which can be viewed here.
Wednesday, December 1, 2021