Orica's Sodium Cyanide Production Operation Certified Under International Cyanide Management Code

The International Cyanide Management Institute (ICMI) announced today that Orica Australia Pty Ltd's Yarwun sodium cyanide production operation in Queensland, Australia, has been certified as 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 this operation against ICMI's Verification Protocol and found it in substantial compliance1 with the Code's Principles and Production Practices. A summary of the audit report is available on the Signatory Companies Page on the ICMI web site: www.cyanidecode.org. A Corrective Action Plan to bring the operation into full compliance is also available on the web site. This 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.

1When initially posted, this Press Release incorrectly identified the operation as being in full compliance with the Code.

Date: 
Thursday, November 30, 2006