October 10, 2014 – October 17, 2014

The summaries provided in this Weekly Recap do not necessarily represent the views of Squire Sanders (US) LLP and should not be deemed to be endorsements of them. The Recap is intended to be a compilation of articles and events to encourage discussion within the conflict minerals community and to keep our readers updated on the most recent developments.

Mining Weekly: Sourcing Practices Changing as US Law on Mineral Imports Takes Hold

Anine Vermeulen, a reporter for Mining Weekly, in her article titled Sourcing Practices Changing as US Law on Mineral Imports Takes Hold, discusses with Sophia Pickles, Campaigner at Global Witness, among other things, what NGOs are expecting of companies as it relates to their conflict minerals compliance practices. Ms. Pickles states, “We want to see public reporting and real proof of companies behaving responsibly – not sourcing minerals that might have funded fighting or human rights abuses.”

In addition to interviewing Ms. Pickles, Ms. Vermeulen also discusses the impact South African laws and regulations have on the conflict minerals trade. She paraphrases ENSAfrica mining and environmental law director Lloyd Christie by stating, “while the authority for the South African government to place regulatory restrictions on importing certain minerals is in place, this process might require augmentation and refinement.”

Supply Chain Management Review: The Serious Gaps Exposed Through Conflict Mineral, Supply Chain Compliance

Patrick Burnson, Executive Editor of Supply Chain Management Review, in his article titled The Serious Gaps Exposed Through Conflict Mineral, Supply Chain Compliance quotes Jess Krauss, CEO of Source Intelligence, about his observations regarding this past years filings. Mr. Krauss states, “In our analysis of Securities and Exchange Commission filings this year and through our detailed ongoing observations, far too many companies are severely lagging in getting commitments from suppliers to provide detailed information.”

Mr. Krauss then goes on to discuss a tool available to companies to assist them in assessing and validating their supplier data.

Interview Webinar: Conflict Minerals Post Filing Insights, a Deep-Dive Interview with Chris Bayer

Triple Pundit is hosting a webinar on Wednesday, October 15th at 1:00 P.M. EDT, titled Conflict Minerals Post Filings Insights, a Deep-Dive Interview with Chris Bayer. According to the press release accompanying the webinar sign-up, the webinar will “address a broad range of conflict minerals post-filing questions as well as present insights from a supplier’s perspective from last year’s filing results.”