03 Jul '12, 12pm

SEC sets vote on conflict minerals rule

SEC sets vote on conflict minerals rule

After a nearly two-year delay, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission has set a date to vote on a ruling that requires public companies to disclose if they use conflict minerals from the Democratic Republic of Congo and surrounding areas. The SEC announced Monday that it would meet on Aug. 22 to consider the rule, a provision of the 2010 Dodd-Frank Act, the financial reform package. The ruling comes amid rising pressure from consumers and humanitarian and environmental groups for companies to improve the transparency of their supply chains. “The issue is not limited to a single humanitarian effort in Africa,” said Jess Kraus, CEO of Source 44, a company that helps businesses improve the transparency of their suppliers. “Rather, it’s about companies looking deeper into their supply chain.” The SEC faced mounting criticism for taking so long to vote on the rule, after m...

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