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House Committee to Consider Repeal of Conflict Minerals and Mine Safety Disclosures

The House Financial Services Committee has announced it intends to meet to consider mark-ups of bills to repeal the conflicts minerals disclosures (H.R. 4248) and mine safety disclosures (H.R. 4289) on November 14, 2017....more

Treasury Issues Plan to Streamline Capital Markets Regulation

Pursuant to Executive Order 13772, the Treasury Department has issued a report that identifies laws, treaties, regulations, guidance, reporting and record keeping requirements, and other government policies that promote or...more

Blog: In Senate Testimony, SEC Chair Offers Insights Into His Thinking On A Variety Of Issues Before The SEC

by Cooley LLP on

In testimony last week before the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs, SEC Chair Jay Clayton gave us some insight into his thinking about a number of issues, including cybersecurity at the SEC,...more

New EU regulation on conflict minerals

by DLA Piper on

New EU regulation on conflict minerals Corporate social responsibility is an important matter in relation to mining and mineral trading. The EU has adopted a new regulation to enhance social responsible mining and trading...more

The EU Conflict Minerals Regulation – Frequently Asked Questions and Take-Aways for Downstream Companies (or Why Should I Care...

by Ropes & Gray LLP on

In late May, the European Union published the final text of its recently adopted conflict minerals regulation (the “Regulation”), which was more than seven years in the making. On almost a daily basis, we are asked by clients...more

Preliminary Planning for the 2018 Proxy Season

Rule 14a-21(b) requires a say-on-pay frequency vote every six years. Many issuers included a frequency vote in their 2017 proxy because they were subject to the initial rules when they became effective for shareholders’...more

Blog: GAO Report On Gold Supply Chain Reveals Little Progress In Responsible Sourcing

by Cooley LLP on

The GAO has issued a new report on conflict minerals focused in this instance on the supply chain for artisanal and small-scale mined (ASM) gold in the DRC region. The report also addressed efforts to encourage responsible...more

SEC Inspector General Concludes Acting Chairman Piwowar’s Actions Were Lawful

In an investigation conducted at the request of four Senators, the SEC Inspector General concluded “we do not find that Commissioner Piwowar’s actions as Acting Chairman violated any of the laws currently governing the SEC...more

Frontier Markets Require a Long-Term Investment in Compliance & Success

by NAVEX Global on

The rewards from investing in so-called “frontier markets” are enticing: rapid growth with unexploited niches, often marked by youthful consumers excited with their new found discretionary cash. These are the regions that...more

Survey of 2016 Conflict Minerals Filings Released

Development International has released its annual survey of conflict minerals reports for the 2016 reporting period which were filed in 2017. Despite the SEC’s no action position which relaxed conflict minerals reporting...more

Blog: Conflict Minerals Benchmarking Study Analyzes Filings For 2016—Was There Any Progress?

by Cooley LLP on

Development International has posted its most recent Conflict Minerals Benchmarking Study, analyzing the results of filings for the 2016 filing period. The study looked at filings submitted by the 1,153 issuers that had filed...more

Five on Friday – Five Recent Developments that We’ve Been Watching Closely - July 2017 #2

It’s Friday and time for another overview of developments in the field of business and human rights that we’ve been monitoring. This week’s post includes: a decision by the Ontario Superior Court of Justice addressing a...more

Conflict Minerals – The European Drive for Greater Supply-Chain Transparency Continues

by Allen & Overy LLP on

The EU has finally adopted new transparency rules regarding so-called conflicts minerals being imported into the EU. This follows a series of policy initiatives from the European Commission to drive for greater transparency...more

US House of Representatives Approves the Financial Choice Act

On June 8, the U.S. House of Representatives voted to approve the Financial CHOICE Act (FCA) primarily along party lines, 233-186. The FCA was introduced by Rep. Jeb Hensarling of Texas, and co-sponsored by 40 of his...more

Recent Developments with Respect to Conflict Minerals

by Snell & Wilmer on

In the Spring 2017 issue of our Corporate Communicator, we included a brief discussion of the status of the conflict minerals rules contained in Rule 13p-1 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended (the “Exchange...more

The New Conflict Mineral Regulation Will Apply from January 2021

by K&L Gates LLP on

The new EU rules on conflict minerals impose strict due diligence requirements on EU importers of gold, tin, tungsten and tantalum. On 19 May 2017 Regulation 2017/821, which sets out supply chain due diligence obligations for...more

In Case You Missed It - Interesting Items for Corporate Counsel - May 2017

by Stoel Rives LLP on

The SEC has been relatively quiet since November because it has been without a chair or a full board. At least one of those issues was resolved last week when Jay Clayton was sworn in as the SEC Chair. See here. Nine...more

EU Customs Developments: January-March 2017

by White & Case LLP on

Welcome to the January-March 2017 issue of the White & Case Newsletter on Customs Developments in the EU. In this issue: - EU Customs Policy ..EP resolution on tackling UCC challenges -Tariffs and FTA...more

Conflict Minerals Disclosure New SEC Guidance

by BakerHostetler on

On April 7, 2017, the Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC") Division of Corporate Finance (the "Division") indicated that it will not recommend enforcement of the conflict minerals source and chain of custody due...more

Blog: Letter From Six Senators Challenges Authority Of Acting SEC Chair On Conflict Minerals No-Action Position

by Cooley LLP on

It’s not only the NGOs that have expressed their dismay at the no-action position taken by Corp Fin and Acting SEC Chair Michael Piwowar with regard to compliance by companies with the conflict minerals rule. In this April 26...more

Blog: GAO Issues Annual Report Showing Only Slight Progress In Disclosures On Conflict Minerals

by Cooley LLP on

The GAO has recently issued its third annual report on conflict minerals. The GAO is required by Dodd-Frank to report annually on the effectiveness of the SEC’s conflict minerals rule in promoting peace and security in the...more

GAO Reports on 2015 Conflict Minerals Form SDs

GAO released an analysis of a generalizable sample of conflict minerals disclosures filed with SEC in 2015. The analysis found that an estimated 49 percent of companies in 2015 reported having determined whether the conflict...more

The European Conflict Minerals Regulation – What are the Key Take Away Points?

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

The European Conflict Minerals Regulation (the Regulation) was approved by the European Council on 3 April 2017. Publication in the Official Journal of the European Union will be the next step in the process and this could...more

Five on Friday – Five Recent Developments that We’ve Been Watching Closely

It’s Friday and time for another overview of developments in the field of business and human rights that we’ve been monitoring. This week’s post includes: a jury verdict in the Quinteros v. DynCorp litigation; the latest...more

In Case You Missed It - Interesting Items for Corporate Counsel - April 2017

by Stoel Rives LLP on

A host of things happened in the last few months regarding Conflict Minerals, although likely not much that will affect what a public company reports on its Form SD, due May 31. (Spoiler alert: The same thing companies have...more

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