The Quest For 'Conflict Minerals' Accountability

Law360, New York (May 13, 2011, 3:46 PM EDT) -- Last year, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission proposed new reporting and supply chain due diligence requirements relating to the use of "conflict minerals." According to SEC estimates, the new requirements would impact nearly 6,000 international trading companies, including manufacturers (and, in some cases, retailers) of technology, telecommunications, aerospace, automotive, electronics, industrial, jewelry and children's toy products, to name a few.

The proposed regulations would implement the "conflict minerals" disclosure requirements directed by the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act. Section 1502 of the...
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