Kinross Gold Corporation’s Maricunga Mine Fully Certified Under International Cyanide Management Code

The International Cyanide Management Institute (ICMI) announced today that Kinross Gold Corporation’s Maricunga Mine in Chile has been certified as fully compliant with the International Cyanide Management Code (Cyanide Code).

The Maricunga Mine was initially certified in compliance with the Cyanide Code in February 2009. As required under the Cyanide Code, the mine was again audited against ICMI's Verification Protocol within three years of that certification by an independent professional third-party auditor and was found in substantial compliance with the Cyanide Code's Principles and Standards of Practice. The operation was conditionally certified in November 2012 and was required to implement a Corrective Action Plan to bring it into full compliance.

ICMI has received and accepted a report from independent professional third-party auditors verifying that all items in the Corrective Action Plan have been fully implemented by their applicable deadlines and that the Maricunga Mine is fully compliant with the Cyanide Code. The auditor's report is available on the Kinross Signatory Page on the ICMI web site, http://www.cyanidecode.org/signatory-company/kinross-gold-corporation.

The Cyanide 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 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 www.cyanidecode.org.

Date: 
Thursday, December 12, 2013