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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.

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.

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.

The Democratic Republic of the Congo; Bloodshed in Lubumbashi over Minerals

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On January 7, an early Tuesday morning in the city of Lubumbashi, one of the largest cities in Democratic Republic of the Congo was seized under violence and warfare. Lubumbashi is home to over a million Africans yet is nearly deserted due to the continuously aggressive conflict. Guerrilla group Mai Mai Kata Katanga attacked the region claiming to want independence and control over Katanga. Twenty-six people were killed in total in the eight hour long attack including Congo soldiers, rebels, and innocent civilians. 

Industry Groups Attempt To Overturn Conflict Minerals Rule

US Court of Appeals to hear a challenge by three industry groups against the rule Tuesday
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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. 

Are You Feeling Overwhelmed With The Second Conflict Minerals Reporting Period Starting Yesterday?

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With every new year comes resolutions.  This year if one of your companies is to intensify your conflict minerals reporting, Source Intelligence has the answer for you. Don’t let your company be left out in the cold by being one of the only companies in your industry unprepared now that reporting is in its second year.

Conflict-Free Initiative

Make your new years resolution conflict-free
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The Enough Project is an NGO dedicated to the advocation of Human Rights and the fight against the mass genocides occurring in Africa. Guerrilla warfare monopolizes the mine and trade of Africa’s Eastern regions that are rich with minerals. Children are forced into mining and contribute to the devastating aftermath of the continuous war on mineral trade.

Conflict Minerals: Repercussions for Global Supply Chain

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The end of the year is nearing and U.S industries are feeling the pressure of implementing Conflict Minerals law, Dodd Frank SEC 1502 to their supply chains. Halting the massive consumption of raw materials that are being mined by grave human rights abuses in Africa, means transparency in supply chains. Whether the materials are Conflict-Free or not, all publicly traded U.S. companies must comply to the federal law by May 31, 2014. Its an undertaking that’s effecting the system of international supply chains entirely. 

A Shocking Revelation: Human Forced Labor in Africa for U.S. Consumerism

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Tis the season to be merry for large U.S. corporations fueling their holiday advertisements statewide and internationally. Most consumers are unaware that their shopping agendas are contributing to the internal conflict of Africa’s Democratic Republic of the Congo and its surrounding Eastern provinces. Chaos disrupts the regions of Africa with guerrilla warfare and grave human rights abuses as child laborers mine for the raw materials that are interwoven in many of the manufactured products we use today. 

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