Sadiola Gold Mine Found in Non-Compliance Under the International Cyanide Management Code

The International Cyanide Management Institute (ICMI) announced today that the Société d’Exploitation des Mines d’Or de Sadiola S.A. (SEMOS) Sadiola Gold Mine, located in Mali, was found in non-compliance under the International Cyanide Management Code (Cyanide Code) by auditors conducting the operation’s triennial audit.

The Sadiola Gold Mine was initially certified in compliance with the Cyanide Code in November 2009, and was recertified in March 2013, in April 2016, and in July 2019, while owned by AngloGold Ashanti. As required under the Cyanide Code, the Sadiola Gold Mine was again audited against ICMI’s Verification Protocol by independent professional third-party auditors. ICMI has received and accepted the auditors’ Detailed Audit Findings Report and Summary Audit Report, which found that the Sadiola Gold Mine had not maintained compliance during the previous three years with one of twenty-nine of the Cyanide Code’s Standards of Practice. The Summary Audit Report, Corrective Action Plan, and Auditor Credentials Form are available on the SEMOS Signatory Page on the Cyanide Code website.

The Cyanide Code is a voluntary industry program for companies involved in the production of gold and/or silver using cyanide and companies producing and transporting this cyanide.The Cyanide Code was developed under the aegis of the United Nations Environment Programme by a multi-stakeholder Steering Committee. The Cyanide 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 Cyanide 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 Cyanide Code and its implementing and administrative documents, are available at We invite you to read our 2022 Annual Report, which can be viewed here.

Friday, September 22, 2023