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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,...

CFSI 2016 conference speakers call for more downstream commitment

Post By: Jeremy Pearce on Friday, 18 November 2016

A conference organised by the Conflict-Free Sourcing Initiative (CFSI) has reviewed current global initiatives towards improving security and human rights in minerals supply chains. Very positive progress has been made but some speakers called for more commitment by downstream companies including sharing costs.

The November conference in California brought together experts and practitioners from industry, governments, and civil society from around the globe and across tin, tantalum, tungsten and gold (3TG) supply chains to discuss strategies, programs, lessons learned...

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