The International Cyanide Management Institute (ICMI) announced today that Gold Fields Limited’s South Deep Gold Mine in Gauteng, South Africa and its Beatrix Gold Mine in the Free State of South Africa have been re-certified in full compliance with the International Cyanide Management Code (Code).
The South Deep and Beatrix Gold Mines were initially certified in compliance with the Code in December 2008 and February 2009, respectively. As required under the Code, the mines were again audited against ICMI’s Verification Protocol within three-years of their previous certifications by independent professional third-party auditors. ICMI has received and accepted the auditors’ Detailed Audit Findings Reports, which found that the South Deep and Beatrix Gold Mines maintained full compliance with the Code’s Principles and Standards of Practice throughout the previous three years. The new Summary Audit Reports and Auditor Credentials Forms are available on the Signatory Companies Page on the ICMI web site: http://cyanidecode.org/signatory_goldfields.php. The operations 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, February 22, 2012