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EU Commission Adopts Guidelines for Social Responsibility (Including Conflict Minerals) Reporting

On June 26, 2017, the European Union (EU) finalized “Guidelines on non-financial reporting,” to support companies in fulfilling their reporting obligations under current non-financial disclosure requirements. The adoption of the voluntary guidelines will supplement the already existing EU rules on non-financial reporting (Directive 2014/95/EU). Companies falling within its scope have to disclose relevant information on […]

OECD Public Consultation on Due Diligence Guidance for Supply Chain Issues

The Organization for Economic and Cooperative Development (OECD) is currently developing a general OECD Due Diligence Guidance for Responsible Business Conduct and Companion to the Due Diligence Guidance to provide practical support to companies on the implementation of the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises. Both the U.S. Dodd-Frank and the recent EU legislation reference the OECD […]

EU Conflict Minerals Negotiators Reach Agreement

On June 16, the European Union (EU) Commission, Council and Parliament agreed on a framework for conflict minerals legislation. Overall, the legislation will be less burdensome for IPC members and the electronics industry than previously proposed. While the EU Commission had originally proposed a voluntary system, the EU Parliament had voted for mandatory requirements for […]

CCCMC and the OECD Draft Guidelines for Responsible Mineral Supply Chains in China

The China Chamber of Commerce of Metals, Minerals and Chemicals Importers & Exporters (CCCMC), in close cooperation with the multi-national Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) has posted, for public comment, a draft of Chinese Due Diligence Guidelines for Responsible Mineral Supply Chains. The deadline for comment is October 31, 2015.  Information about the guidelines […]

Conflict Minerals Legislation Moving Forward in the EU

Last week, I attended the ICGLR-OECD-UN Group of Experts Forum on Responsible Mineral Supply Chains. The meeting, which was held two weeks in advance of the European Union (EU) Parliament Plenary vote on conflict minerals legislation, provided a glimpse into the future of conflict minerals legislative and market requirements for manufacturers. High-level updates from the […]

Experts Question Conflict Minerals Action

While advocacy groups have made conflict minerals a centerpiece of their campaign to stop human rights abuses in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), a recent open letter by a group of 70 policy experts from around the world questions the benefits of the focus on conflict minerals. According to the experts, “the conflict […]

IPC Highlights Small Business Difficulties with Conflict Minerals Due Diligence at OECD Forum

At the OECD-UN-ICGLR GoE Forum on Responsible Mineral Supply Chains, May 26–28 in Paris, IPC Director of Government Relations and Environmental Policy Fern Abrams spoke on conflict minerals due diligence of small and medium enterprises (SMEs). Addressing representatives of national governments, companies and civil society, Abrams highlighted challenges faced by SMEs conducting due diligence on […]

IPC Remains Engaged in Conflict Minerals: Update on OECD Meeting and European Union Consultation

As part of IPC’s conflict minerals advocacy efforts, IPC staff participated in the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development’s (OECD) Due Diligence meeting May 2-3, 2013. As part of the OECD meeting, representatives from the European Union (EU) Commission held a consultation to gather feedback for their conflict minerals legislation. The gold due diligence guidance […]