The International Cyanide Management Institute (ICMI) announced today that Gold Fields Limited’s Driefontein Gold Mine in the North West Province of South Africa has been certified as substantially compliant with the International Cyanide Management Code (Code).
ICMI has received and accepted a Detailed Audit Findings Report prepared by an independent professional third-party auditor who evaluated the Driefontein Gold Mine against the ICMI’s Verification Protocol and found it in substantial compliance with the 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 Code.
A Summary Audit Report, Corrective Action Plan and the Auditor Credential Form demonstrating the professional qualifications of the auditors are available on the ICMI web site: www.cyanidecode.org/signatory_goldsfield.php. The operation must be re-audited every three years hereafter to evaluate 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 www.cyanidecode.org.
Wednesday, April 8, 2009