On May 30, 2013, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) issued a Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) document on the conflict minerals regulation. The FAQ document answers 12 questions on various aspects of the conflict minerals regulation, including clarification on contract to manufacture provisions, applicability of the regulation, and “Form SD.” The FAQ document is not intended to serve as a rule, regulation or statement of the SEC.
To address the industry’s growing need for information, IPC has developed a number of tools to help companies understand the regulation and develop an effective conflict minerals program.
IPC’s Conflict Minerals Due Diligence Guide covers information from who to include on a company’s conflict minerals team to what to include in a company policy statement. The guide also lays out steps for identifying and prioritizing suppliers. Due to the complexity of the electronics supply chain it is imperative to identify key suppliers in order to ensure those suppliers are thoroughly vetted for conflict minerals information. This guide includes vital information on ensuring due diligence compliance is met as required by the SEC regulation.
For additional information on conflict minerals and IPC’s advocacy efforts, visit www.ipc.org/conflict-minerals.