The U.S. Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act and the Securities and Exchange Commission Rule require publicly-traded companies to disclose whether the products they manufacture contain certain “conflict minerals” (or their derivatives) – cassiterite (tin), wolframite (tungsten), columbite-tantalite (tantalum), gold, originating in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (“DRC”) or an adjoining country – have been found to support the civil conflict and human rights violations in the region. If so, a report must be filed specifying those products and the due diligence and measures taken to determine their source.

Please see our Frank Dodd statement available for download on the right and useful links pertaining to Conflct minerals below.