Five Operations Certified Under International Cyanide Management Code

The International Cyanide Management Institute (ICMI) announced today that Kinross Gold Corporation’s Fort Knox Mine, Stellar Logistics Limited, Mercantil S.A.’s Supply Chain, Almacenera el Pacifico S.A.C.’s Supply Chain, and Posabro S.A. de C.V.’s La Colorado Transfer Facility have been certified in full compliance with the International Cyanide Management Code (Cyanide Code).

Kinross Gold Corporation’s Fort Knox Mine, in the United States, initially was certified in full compliance with the Cyanide Code in February 2008 and recertified in September 2011 and in February 2015. As required under the Cyanide Code, the operation was again audited against ICMI's Verification Protocol within three-years of its previous certification by independent professional third-party auditors. ICMI has received and accepted the auditors’ Detailed Audit Findings Report which found that the Fort Knox Mine had maintained full compliance with the Cyanide Code's Principles and Standards of Practice throughout the previous three years. The Summary Audit Report and Auditor Credentials Form are available on the ICMI web site at https://www.cyanidecode.org/signatory-company/kinross-gold-corporation.

Stellar Logistics, a transporter based in Ghana, initially was certified in full compliance with the Cyanide Code in April 2015. As required under the Cyanide Code, the operation was again audited against ICMI's Transportation Verification Protocol within three-years of its previous certification by an independent professional third-party auditor. ICMI has received and accepted the auditor’s Detailed Audit Findings Report which found that Stellar Logistics had maintained full compliance with the Cyanide Code's Principles and Transport Practices throughout the previous three years. The Summary Audit Report and Auditor Credentials Form are available on the ICMI web site at https://www.cyanidecode.org/signatory-company-categories/stellar-logistics-limited-ghana.

Mercantil’s Supply Chain, based in Peru, initially was certified in full compliance with the Cyanide Code in July 2010 and recertified in January 2015. As required under the Cyanide Code, the operation was again audited against ICMI's Transportation Verification Protocol within three-years of its previous certification by independent professional third-party auditors. ICMI has received and accepted the auditors’ Detailed Audit Findings Report which found that Mercantil’s Supply Chain had maintained full compliance with the Cyanide Code's Principles and Transport Practices throughout the previous three years. The Summary Audit Report and Auditor Credentials Form are available on the ICMI web site at https://www.cyanidecode.org/signatory-company/mercantil-sa-peru.

Almacenera el Pacifico’s Supply Chain, based in Peru and including a distribution warehouse in Lurin, initially was certified in full compliance with the Cyanide Code in August 2014. As required under the Cyanide Code, the operation was again audited against ICMI's Transportation Verification Protocol and Production Verification Protocol within three-years of its previous certification by independent professional third-party auditors. ICMI has received and accepted the auditors’ Detailed Audit Findings Reports which found that Almacenera el Pacifico’s Supply Chain had maintained full compliance with the Cyanide Code's Principles, Transport Practices, and Production Practices throughout the previous three years. The Summary Audit Report and Auditor Credentials Form are available on the ICMI web site at https://www.cyanidecode.org/signatory-company-categories/almacenera-el-pacifico-sac-peru.

Posabro previously operated a supply chain based in Mexico, and now operates the La Colorado Transfer Facility in Sonora, Mexico.  The La Colorado Transfer Facility was audited by independent professional third-party auditor’s who evaluated Posabro’s La Colorado Transfer Facility against ICMI’s Production Verification Protocol and found it in full compliance with the Cyanide Code's Principles and Production Practices. The Summary Audit Report and Auditor Credentials Form are available on the ICMI web site at https://www.cyanidecode.org/signatory-company-categories/posabro-sa-de-cv-mexico.

All operations must be re-audited every three years to evaluate continuing compliance with the Cyanide Code.

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. 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, August 9, 2018