Conflict minerals – 2015 reporting and compliance expectations

Pradhan-Kasmalkar, Revati*; Dennis, Tord
(WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff, San Jose, CA)

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This presentation will provide an update of the changes to the US conflict minerals rule for the CY2015 reporting period. An update of the impending EU regulation and China guidelines on conflict minerals will also be reviewed. We will assess the filings done for CY2014 and will highlight some of the key issues and challenges faced by both public (SEC filing) and private companies in achieving compliance with the conflict minerals ruling. With so much global focus on the issue of conflict-free and responsible sourcing, companies need to look at benchmarking their programs and investing in corrective actions to allow for efficient and satisfactory response to any future conflict minerals compliance expectations. We will look at practices being adopted across the high tech industry to enhance supplier transparency, due diligence and smelter data verification so as to better respond to SEC requirements, NGO expectations as well as customer requests.

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