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“Not Conflict Free” Product Description Found to Violate US First Amendment

Post By: Samantha Hoo on Tuesday, 15 April 2014

Following the issue of the SEC conflict minerals rule in 2012 several trade groups launched a challenge relating to uncertain cost-benefit analysis, discretionary choices made by the SEC, and the possibility that some requirements in the rule violate the First Amendment of the US Constitution. On 14th April 2014 the District of Columbia Court of Appeals rejected many of the arguments - except one - stating that; "The label "conflict free" is a metaphor that conveys moral responsibility for...

EU draft regulation on mineral due diligence on conflict and risk

Post By: Samantha Hoo on Wednesday, 05 March 2014

The European Union (EU) Trade Directorate today released a proposal for a regulation for a system of supply chain due diligence self-certification of 'responsible importers' of tin, tantalum, tungsten (3T) minerals and metal, and gold metal into Europe. This is a voluntary self-certification scheme by which information gathered on material country of origin and smelters in the supply chains of responsible importers will create a public list of responsible smelters. The importers will volunteer to follow OECD due diligence...

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