I came across this news just a few minutes ago:
WASHINGTON (AP) — A U.S. appeals court has overturned a disclosure requirement that public companies must post information about their use of minerals from Congo, where militias linked to atrocities have profited from mining minerals used in electronics, jewelry and other goods.
The appeals court says the requirement violates the constitutional free speech rights of companies that must inform the Securities and Exchange Commission and publicize on their websites that any of their products have not been found to be free of mineral conflicts.[…]
This issue is probably going up to the Supreme Court. I would check with lawyers whether compliance is still required as the ruling was not stayed.
Slawomir Janicki, Ph.D.
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The Dodd-Frank legislation is primarily a financial and securities regulation but one section addresses the use and sourcing of gold, tin, tantalum, and tungsten from areas of conflict primarily the Congo. If a company is publicly traded it must report to the SEC its sourcing of these elements. This includes a downstream investigation of its suppliers, their suppliers, etc including refineries and mine sources. If a company is privately held it does not have to comply but maybe requested to by customers who have to comply with Dodd-Frank.
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Subject: [DCHAS-L] Conflict Minerals
Date: Mon, 14 Apr 2014 13:22:49 -0700
I am looking for someone with high level expertise in the Dodd-Frank Conflict Minerals area; particularly in supply chain management and QA/QC issues
If you are the person or know someone, please ping me off this list
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