The art of conflict minerals compliance

The Conflicts Minerals Rule of 2012 in the U.S. went into effect last year, and companies should be prepared through certain recommended efforts and personnel reinforcements

Conflict minerals are considered any minerals mined in areas of armed conflict and/or occurring in areas where human rights violations are regularly performed. While many conflict-free minerals are now available to the general public, conflict minerals are still very much in demand, and companies that sell them are now obligated to abide by the Conflict Minerals Rule passed in the U.S. in 2012, and in effect as of 2013. The provisions of the rule have required a heightening of compliance for such companies.  

The Democratic Republic of Congo is the central location for many debated minerals -- thus the specified country from which companies must declare obtaining minerals as per the Conflict Minerals Rule.  

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Juliana Kenny

Juliana Kenny is a contributor to, covering a range of topics including patent litigation, conflict mineral laws, executive compensation, and antitrust regulation. Juliana earned B.A.s...

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