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Uzbek Cotton Surprises Still Being Revealed. Daewoo making headlines.

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Unwanted surprises in company’s supply chains are found and amplified often causing serious damage to a corporation's most valuable intangible asset: its brand. That is what has happened to Daewoo with the recent petition to stop operations in Uzbekistan and publicly pledge its opposition to the Uzbek government’s forced labor system. Surprises were also recently uncovered during the conflict minerals filing process with the SEC, in which it was revealed that gold was sourced by several companies from North Korea.

Conflict Minerals Due Diligence Leading the Way for Better Supply Chain Risk Management

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The unprecedented depth of the due diligence process required for conflict minerals compliance is uncovering surprises and risks that would have remained hidden without Section 1502 in place. Nearly 1,300 companies filed with the SEC as part of the conflict minerals compliance this past Monday. These companies now have a distinct competitive advantage: they have uncovered risks involved in managing all of the suppliers who engaged during their due diligence process. However, gaining this engagement and gathering this data from suppliers is not easy.

Partial Victory For the SEC on its Conflict Minerals Rule

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The recent ruling by the Court of Appeals has no impact on whether or not issuers are obligated to conduct due diligence, a reasonable country of origin inquiry, or file a Form SD or CMR. Ultimately, the ruling was over the semantics involved in classifying products as “DRC conflict free” in reports filed with the Commission and on the company web site. The SEC will be investigating the label applied to companies that are compliant with section 1502 of the Dodd-Frank Rule.

Companies Unprepared for Conflict Minerals Rule, U.S. Court Ruling Looms

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The SEC is keeping companies on the hook for complying with the new regulation regarding conflict minerals. This is despite many public companies not being on track to comply by the May deadline.

Conflict Minerals

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Introduction to Conflict Minerals 

Source Intelligence Launches its 5th 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.

EU's Approach to Conflict Minerals

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This March the EU’s trade chief will take an aggressive approach regarding the importation of Conflict Minerals stemming from the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and its neighboring regions. The voluntary movement is in high prospect to understand the exact source of the minerals and how to avoid sourcing from the areas of conflict. 

Conflict Minerals Compliance Basics: Companies That “Contract to Manufacture” Products

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In this edition of “Conflict Minerals Compliance Basics,” we will cover if companies that “contract to manufacture” products are subject to Dodd-Frank 1502.

Gold: Africa's Top Conflict Mineral

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In a new report, the International Peace Information Service (IPIS) has reported that out of the 800 mines in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), 200 are involved with armed groups and 265 are involved with the army.  Both of which impose illegal taxes on miners. Many of these mines are gold producing, which are targeted by the armed groups because of the hike in price of gold and the ease of smuggling gold.

Grave Human Rights Abuses Fuel Conflict Minerals

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Armed militia, in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, breach Human Rights and monopolize the regions for Conflict Minerals, often referred to as the “3TG’s”: tantalum, tin, tungsten, and gold. Citizens face sexual terrorism, genocides and human slavery to mine these black market minerals. The crusade in the Congo has reached over 5.4 million civil deaths, quadrupling more deaths than any Historical American War combined, leaving a devastating aftermath in the eastern provinces of Africa.

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