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SEC Posts New Form SD on Its Website

Issuers with conflict minerals necessary to production must provide a specialized disclosure report on the new Form SD by May 31st of each year
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Last Friday, the SEC posted a new Form SD on its website. The SD form is used by companies to disclose requirements implemented under the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act which relates to any publicly traded company whose products are identified as containing one or more of the four conflict minerals (tantalum, tin, tungsten and gold also known as “3TG”) suspected to have originated in the DRC or surrounding countries.

Is Your Companies Program for Conflict Minerals Compliance The Right One?

Discover the 4 prevailing approaches in Source Intelligence’s analysis paper
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On May 31, 2014 under Section 1502 of the SEC’s Conflict Minerals Rule, U.S. publicly traded companies will have to file a special disclosure for the 12-month reporting period ending on December 31, 2013. The aim of the rule, mandated by the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, is to provide transparency into corporate practices and specifically to reduce funding for armed groups involved in human rights violations in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and surrounding countries.

Mars Named a Finalist for the 2013 U.S. State Department Award for Corporate Excellence

Company Recognized for Cocoa Sustainability and Economic Development Efforts in Indonesia
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Mars, Incorporated announced today the company was named one of the top 12 finalists for the Secretary of State’s 2013 Award for Corporate Excellence (ACE) for its cocoa sustainability and economic development work in Indonesia.

5 Reasons CR Professionals Need a Value Chain Map

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Value chain mapping is a process that identifies the main activities associated with a company's service or product line and is often used in corporate strategy in order to identify performance improvement opportunities. Corporate responsibility (CR) professionals are beginning to use value chain mapping in the development of sustainability strategy and materiality assessments.

A Material World

Whatever your benchmarks, stop fretting about conflicts, and start thinking about complements.
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As the number of sustainability reporting frameworks expands, practitioners are struggling to make sense of the options. Meanwhile, industry experts are scrambling to declare a winner.

At the COMMIT!Forum 2013, BrownFlynn outlined the important details of the Sustainability Accounting Standards Board (SASB) and the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) and demonstrated that they are complementary frameworks. The expanded use of each, whether individually or combined, is a positive trend for all stakeholders.

Source Intelligence Releases Its First Newsletter

From The Source: A New Supply Chain & Regulated Materials Management Newsletter
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In response to requests for a single source "news alert" on key events in supply chain and regulated materials compliance, Source Intelligence is pleased to introduce "From The Source," a direct mail and web-based newsletter written to keep you informed at a glance.

2014 promises to be an exciting year as the theme of "transparency" and the impact of technology continue to transform the delivery chain of products, impacting every player up and down stream.

An Analysis of 4 Prevailing Approaches of Conflict Minerals Compliance Programs

Source Intelligence Releases New Paper
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On May 31, 2014 under Section 1502 of the SEC’s Conflict Minerals Rule, U.S. publicly traded companies will have to file a special disclosure for the 12-month reporting period ending on December 31, 2013. The aim of the rule, mandated by the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, is to provide transparency into corporate practices and specifically to reduce funding for armed groups involved in human rights violations in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and surrounding countries.

Africa’s Vulnerability from Rich Prosperity

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The Westgate Shopping Centre in Nairobi, the largest city of Kenya, Africa, was brutally seized under attack in September by al-shaabab, an extremist Islamist group from Somalia with connections to al-Qaeda. The upscale mall symbolized strength and prosperity but more importantly hope for the people of Kenya. The siege lasted for four days with 67 dead and 200 people wounded. The attack was believed to serve as retaliation for the presence of Kenyan militants in Somalia.

Mega Brand Intel and Robin Wright

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The international Consumer Electronics Show (CES) is taking place this week and it has had a powerful effect on bystanders, especially when the CEO of Intel, Brian Krzanich took the stage. Every year the trade show draws an audience over a 100,000 at the Las Vegas Convention Center in Nevada. During Krzanich’s keynote he took a moment to announce that all microprocessors sold in 2014 will be Conflict-Free of any raw minerals that have derived from grave human rights abuses in Africa.

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