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Apple to include cobalt in DRC due diligence protocols

Post By: Jeremy Pearce on Tuesday, 14 March 2017

Following recent publicity over allegations of child labour and poor working conditions at DRC artisanal cobalt mines, Apple has announced that it will this year begin to include cobalt suppliers in its due diligence protocols. They will use a similar approach to existing ‘conflict minerals’ programmes operating there for tin, tungsten and tantalum.

Issues over cobalt mining in the DRC were raised by an Amnesty International report in January 2016. The Washington Post and more recently Sky News have...

Republican SEC seeks to scale back SEC conflict minerals reporting

Post By: Jeremy Pearce on Wednesday, 01 February 2017

Reuters have reported that the acting chair of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission is seeking to scale back the SEC 'conflict minerals' rule. The Republican Michael Piwowar announced he has directed staff to reconsider how companies should comply with the rule and whether "additional relief" from its requirements is necessary.

This comes after President Trump signed an executive order aiming to cut government regulation, and, although the SEC is an independent agency not subject to these orders,...

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