The International Cyanide Management Institute (ICMI) announced today that Australian Gold Reagents (AGR) has amended its status as a transporter to that of a consigner/transporter and has designated additional supply chains for certification under the International Cyanide Management Code for the Manufacture, Transport and Use of Cyanide in the Production of Gold (Code). The Code is a voluntary industry program for companies involved in the production of gold using cyanide and companies that manufacture and transport cyanide. Australian cyanide producer AGR was one of the initial Code signatories as a cyanide producer and transporter.
Consignors arrange for and oversee the transport of cyanide along a route or portion thereof from its point of production to a gold mine. Companies that act as consignors are eligible to become Code signatories as transporters, and may designate one or more supply chains for certification.
A supply chain consists of one or more trucking company, rail line, rail terminal, ocean shipping company and/or port involved in the transport of cyanide for a Code signatory consignor/transporter. Each truck carrier in the supply chain will be subject to a Code verification audit, and each rail and ocean carrier, as well as all rail terminals and ports, will be subject to a due diligence investigation. AGR will also be audited for those oversight and support functions it provides to the carriers in its supply chain. A Summary Audit Report including information on each entity of the supply chain will be posted on ICMI’s web site upon its certification by a qualified auditor.
The signatory category of Transport Consignor is relatively new, and became effective on October 26, 2009. The change was made so that all entities involved in the manufacture and transport of cyanide used in gold production would be audited in the same manner, and their summary audit results would be made publicly available.
AGR had initially become a Code signatory transporter for its Western Australian cyanide transport activities. ICMI accepted AGR as a transport signatory due to its unique role as the legally-responsible party for its cyanide carriers in Western Australia. Now that ICMI accepts consignors as transport signatories, AGR has amended its status to that of a consignor of these activities, and has also designated four additional supply chains for certification. As permitted by the Code, the initial designation of these supply chains identifies the start and end point of each route. Each individual carrier and all rail terminals and ports included in the supply chain will be identified when the supply chain is certified.
As a transport signatory, AGR commits to follow the Code’s Principles and implement its Transport Practices throughout its supply chains, and to have verification audits and/or due diligence investigations of the entities in its supply chains conducted by independent third-party auditors within three years of its initial application, and every three years thereafter. Supply chains will be certified if found in compliance with the Code, and may be de-certified if ICMI determines that they no longer comply with the Code.
The Code 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 jurisdiction 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, March 10, 2010