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Final US court judgement against ‘conflict mineral’ declarations

Post By: Steven Peterson on Monday, 10 April 2017

On 3rd April 2017, a district court judge in Washington, DC determined the final judgement in the last stage of the long-running case brought by the National Association of Manufacturers against the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). The final judgement was in agreement with the earlier decision of 2014 that the requirement to disclose whether a product is "DRC-conflict free" violates the constitution, on the grounds that it is compelled speech. This brings to an end this particular debate...

EU global mineral related conflict and human rights rules finalised

Post By: Steven Peterson on Monday, 10 April 2017

On 3rd April 2017, the Council of the European Union adopted the long debated regulation designed to address conflict and human rights abuses linked to the global mineral trade of tin, tantalum, tungsten and gold (3TG) through certification of EU importers (click here)

The Regulation will now come into effect shortly after being published in the official journal of the EU although the key clauses on due diligence, risk management, disclosure and other reporting obligations will not be binding until 1st...

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