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Business Groups Blast SEC’s Conflict Minerals Workaround

Business Groups Blast SEC’s Conflict Minerals Workaround

This week, Keith Higgins, director of the SEC’s Division of Corporation Finance issued a statement intended to clarify reporting expectations. Barring further action by the Commission or a court, his division expects companies to file Form SD and - See more at: http://arkinfotec.in/conflictmineralsoftware/business-groups-blast-secs-conflict-minerals-workaround/#sthash.3kBmNe11.dpuf

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3 Critical To-Dos Before SEC’s Conflict Minerals Compliance Deadline

3 Critical To-Dos Before SEC’s Conflict Minerals Compliance Deadline

Although the court did issue a key ruling a couple weeks ago, stating that “[b]y compelling an issuer to confess blood on its hands, the statute i - See more at: http://arkinfotec.in/conflictmineralsoftware/3-critical-to-dos-before-secs-conflict-minerals-compliance-deadline/#sthash.GuBWFRTk.dpuf

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Gold Conflict in Colombia's Central Mountains

Gold Conflict in Colombia's Central Mountains

The Colombian authorities could determine this month whether they will move forward on a giant gold mining project in a nature preserve in the central mountain range.

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ECONOMY-PERU: Easier to Extract Minerals than Accounting Information

ECONOMY-PERU: Easier to Extract Minerals than Accounting Information

Sixty-six percent of the Peruvian state’s revenue from the extractive industries does not appear on government accounts. Parliament is taking a hand in the matter amid pressure from oil, gas and mining companies for the government to flout an international agreement on transparency. - See more at: http://arkinfotec.in/conflictmineralsoftware/economy-peru-easier-to-extract-minerals-than-accounting-information/#sthash.K2dAMNg2.dpuf

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SEC remains divided over conflict minerals rules; CorpFin issues guidance on compliance

SEC remains divided over conflict minerals rules; CorpFin issues guidance on compliance

On April 29, 2014 Keith F. Higgins, the Director of the Division of Corporation Finance (CorpFin) at the Securities - See more at: http://arkinfotec.in/conflictmineralsoftware/sec-remains-divided-over-conflict-minerals-rules-corpfin-issues-guidance-on-compliance/#sthash.Uk0dRwvP.dpuf

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ECONOMY-ZAMBIA: Conflict Looms Over Revision of Mineral Tax

ECONOMY-ZAMBIA: Conflict Looms Over Revision of Mineral Tax

Zambia’s copper mines were privatised during the 1990s. Afterwards, the mineral royalty tax was set at 0.6 percent of annual gross earnings, one of the lowest mineral tax rates in the world. - See more at: http://arkinfotec.in/conflictmineralsoftware/economy-zambia-conflict-looms-over-revision-of-mineral-tax/#sthash.mjn6tGqv.dpuf

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Updated Form SD — What’s New?

Updated Form SD — What’s New?

If you previously spent time pouring over the SEC’s Form SD to develop your compliance approach, you’ll want to be aware that in January the SEC posted a “new Form SD” on its website. But, the new form won’t require any changes to your programs or disclosure - See more at: http://arkinfotec.in/conflictmineralsoftware/updated-form-sd-whats-new/#sthash.YhMS8PDo.dpuf

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SEC: US companies not required to identify products with conflict minerals

SEC: US companies not required to identify products with conflict minerals

The rule requires most US companies to report whether they use conflict minerals from the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and neighboring countries. It has recently come under fire, with a US appeals court last month ruling part of it to be unconstitutional. - See more at: http://arkinfotec.in/conflictmineralsoftware/sec-us-companies-not-required-to-identify-products-with-conflict-minerals/#sthash.SoTPlZEW.dpuf

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Congolese Militia Leader Convicted in Attack on Village

Congolese Militia Leader Convicted in Attack on Village

The International Criminal Court on Friday convicted a militia leader from the Democratic Republic of Congo in an attack on a Congolese village in 2003 in which more than 200 people were shot and hacked to death, and women were raped and abd - See more at: http://arkinfotec.in/conflictmineralsoftware/congolese-militia-leader-convicted-in-attack-on-village/#sthash.UQdYWMsk.dpuf

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Survey Roundup: Activist Investors, Political Risk Map

Survey Roundup: Activist Investors, Political Risk Map

While companies and boards once viewed activist investors in a negative light, lead directors now recognize that in some instances activists can bring positive change to companies, a report on shareholder activism by King & Spaulding found. - See more at: http://arkinfotec.in/conflictmineralsoftware/survey-roundup-activist-investors-political-risk-map/#sthash.3xZ4F5yf.dpuf

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What is the difference between a performance audit and an attestation?

What is the difference between a performance audit and an attestation?

In the eyes of the SEC, a performance audit and an attestation are equally suitable for purposes of complying with the - See more at: http://arkinfotec.in/conflictmineralsoftware/what-is-the-difference-between-a-performance-audit-and-an-attestation/#sthash.D3xp72WL.dpuf

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Congo-Kinshasa: Film Exposes Shady Oil Deals in Congo's Virunga National Park

Congo-Kinshasa: Film Exposes Shady Oil Deals in Congo's Virunga National Park

Little did he know that his film about the park would become an exposé of the corrupt ways of an international oil company that had set its sight on the park, a UNESCO World Heritage site.

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Challenging the Conflict Minerals Rule — Will the Court of Appeals Decide?

Challenging the Conflict Minerals Rule — Will the Court of Appeals Decide?

If you were waiting to implement your compliance program until after the court reached a decision in NAM v. SEC, you may want to reconsider that strategy. - See more at: http://arkinfotec.in/conflictmineralsoftware/challenging-the-conflict-minerals-rule-will-the-court-of-appeals-decide/#sthash.0bhjmXaD.dpuf

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The Conflict Minerals Rule: Important Recent Developments

The Conflict Minerals Rule: Important Recent Developments

As a result of the court’s ruling, which left the Rule largely intact, and the Statement, issuers required to file reports under the Rule must continue to prepare for the filing of their Form SD and any required conflict minerals report by the June 2, 2014 deadlin - See more at: http://arkinfotec.in/conflictmineralsoftware/the-conflict-minerals-rule-important-recent-developments/#sthash.OOSsTuwa.dpuf

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One month to go: conflict minerals disclosure still looms, despite SEC limited, partial stay

One month to go: conflict minerals disclosure still looms, despite SEC limited, partial stay

“DRC conflict free” or not, and unless they identify themselves as “DRC conflict free,” they can also delay an independent private sector audit (IPSA). - See more at: http://arkinfotec.in/conflictmineralsoftware/one-month-to-go-conflict-minerals-disclosure-still-looms-despite-sec-limited-partial-stay/#sthash.gB0fvDyM.dpuf

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Weekly Review-SEC Conflict Minerals Stay

Weekly Review-SEC Conflict Minerals Stay

The SEC partially granted a request for a stay of the “shaming” provisions of the Dodd-Frank Act Conflict Minerals regulations requiring publicly traded companies to disclose whether their products were free from minerals from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and neighboring countries. - See more at: http://arkinfotec.in/conflictmineralsoftware/weekly-review-sec-conflict-minerals-stay/#sthash.EObfAQtA.dpuf

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3 Key Tactics in Conflict Minerals Compliance and Staying in DRC

3 Key Tactics in Conflict Minerals Compliance and Staying in DRC

Manufacturers must explore and understand their options for staying and remaining engaged in the DRC region, even if it impacts their initial SEC reporting. How can companies do this? - See more at: http://arkinfotec.in/conflictmineralsoftware/3-key-tactics-in-conflict-minerals-compliance-and-staying-in-drc/#sthash.M0FugRrn.dpuf

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Why 'Conflict-Free' Shouldn't Mean 'Congo-Free': Engage Suppliers

Why 'Conflict-Free' Shouldn't Mean 'Congo-Free': Engage Suppliers

Republic of the Congo (DRC) or the Great Lakes Region and likely make reporting to the SEC easier; but in so doing, undermine the ultimate purpose of the law and face likely scrutiny for abandoning the region. - See more at: http://arkinfotec.in/conflictmineralsoftware/why-conflict-free-shouldnt-mean-congo-free-engage-suppliers/#sthash.mbgwOkbM.dpuf

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Conflict Minerals: Building Responsible Manufacturing Supply Chains

Conflict Minerals: Building Responsible Manufacturing Supply Chains

The authors analyze the OECD Cycle 3 Final Report, “Due Diligence Guidance for Responsible Supply Chains of Minerals from Conflict-Affected and High-Risk.” - See more at: http://arkinfotec.in/conflictmineralsoftware/conflict-minerals-building-responsible-manufacturing-supply-chains/#sthash.sz3H36CB.dpuf

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Public consultation on a possible EU initiative on responsible sourcing of minerals originating from conflict-affecte...

Public consultation on a possible EU initiative on responsible sourcing of minerals originating from conflict-affecte...

The Commission will use the results to help it decide whether – and how in a reasonable and effective manner – to complement a - See more at: http://arkinfotec.in/conflictmineralsoftware/public-consultation-on-a-possible-eu-initiative-on-responsible-sourcing-of-minerals-originating-from-conflict-affected-and-high-risk-areas/#sthash.BjXDbuk5.dpuf

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Public-Private Alliance for Responsible Minerals Trade

Public-Private Alliance for Responsible Minerals Trade

The Public-Private Alliance for Responsible Minerals Trade (PPA) is a multi-sector and multi-stakeholder initiative to support supply chain - See more at: http://arkinfotec.in/conflictmineralsoftware/public-private-alliance-for-responsible-minerals-trade/#sthash.XNn3Sviu.dpuf

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Trade groups ask court to stay SEC's conflict minerals rule

Trade groups ask court to stay SEC's conflict minerals rule

The filing, by the National Association of Manufacturers, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the Business Roundtable, marks a last-ditch effort by the groups to put the rule on hold before it goes into effect on June 2. - See more at: http://arkinfotec.in/conflictmineralsoftware/trade-groups-ask-court-to-stay-secs-conflict-minerals-rule/#sthash.kIy1Stav.dpuf

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Lessons Learned Webinar: Suppliers Using SEC Conflict Minerals Reporting to Gain Market Share

Lessons Learned Webinar: Suppliers Using SEC Conflict Minerals Reporting to Gain Market Share

Practitioner Panel Describes Challenges and Solutions to Meeting the Requirements of Dodd-Frank Section 1502

Green Status Pro sponsored a unique peer-to-peer webinar, - See more at: http://arkinfotec.in/conflictmineralsoftware/lessons-learned-webinar-suppliers-using-sec-conflict-minerals-reporting-to-gain-market-share/#sthash.9TaMouoJ.dpuf

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Congo’s Minerals: From Conflict to Community Benefit

Congo’s Minerals: From Conflict to Community Benefit

Armed groups’ exploitation of conflict minerals and attempts to control the illicit trade are one of the drivers of the conflict in Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). This - See more at: http://arkinfotec.in/conflictmineralsoftware/congos-minerals-from-conflict-to-community-benefit/#sthash.6RJWp8mp.dpuf

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Conflict minerals reporting deadline: is your business ready?

Conflict minerals reporting deadline: is your business ready?

As US businesses scramble to meet the US Securities and Exchange Commission’s conflict minerals disclosure rule – with the first reporting deadline rapidly approaching 2 June – some are complaining of uncertainty and other concerns, while others say they are ready. - See more at: http://arkinfotec.in/conflictmineralsoftware/conflict-minerals-reporting-deadline-is-your-business-ready/#sthash.WYa11JMz.dpuf