Conflict Minerals Rule in the US: Repeal or Reform?

Global Economic Impact of Coronavirus – Assessment and Mitigation (B)
Case Code: BENV041
Case Length: 17 Pages
Period: 2008-2018
Pub Date: 2021
Teaching Note: Available
Price: Rs.500
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Industry: -
Countries: United States
Themes: Public-Private Partnerships , Public Policy, Business Ethics
Global Economic Impact of Coronavirus – Assessment and Mitigation (B)
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On February 8, 2017, a leaked US Presidential Memorandum revealed President Donald Trump’s intent to repeal Conflict Minerals Rule commonly known as Section 1502 of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform Act due to the negative impacts on communities in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). The regulation passed by the US Congress in 2010 required publicly traded companies in the US to investigate and publicly disclose whether their products contained conflict minerals sourced from the DRC by carrying out supply chain due diligence and to report this annually to the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). Conflict minerals like tantalum, tungsten, tin, and gold were typically sourced from the DRC, where their mining and sale had funded armed groups associated with murder, rape, and other human rights violations. Human rights advocates, who were among the main actors lobbying for the regulation, criticized the proposed suspension..

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