December 20, 2013 – December 27, 2013
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.

IPC: EU Holds Stakeholder Briefing on Conflict Minerals Legislation

IPC, a global industry association which represents all facets of the electronics industry, attended a Stakeholder Briefing on EU Conflict Minerals Policy on December 18, 2013 in Washington, D.C.

According to IPC, during the briefing, the Directorate General for Trade, Petros Sourmelis stated, “the EU wants to avoid imposing burdensome requirements and is considering options that are compatible with and will complement existing regulations such as Section 1502 of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act and the OECD Due Diligence Guidelines.” In addition, Petros stated, “it was premature to say whether the final proposal would contain voluntary elements, mandatory elements, or a combination of both.”

Kaman: Conflict Minerals Policy

According to its website, Kaman Corporation is a manufacturer and subcontractor in the global commercial and military aerospace and defense market. Kaman recently released its conflict minerals policy. Excerpts from its policy follow.

“Kaman is working to establish methods and a comprehensive due diligence process for identifying the origin of conflict minerals in the supply of our products to include the following:

  • Communications with our supply chain regarding the requirements of the Act and our commitment to implementing conflict-free sourcing,
  • Implementation of standard operating procedures to track conflict minerals back to smelters and country of origin, and
  • Development of a company strategy to respond to any identified compliance risks.”

IPC to Hold Conflict Minerals Workshops in Advance of May 31, 2014 Reporting Deadline

IPC is offering one-day conflict minerals workshops throughout the country between January and March 2014 to help companies prepare for conflict minerals reporting.

The workshops will be held in California, Massachusetts, Illinois and Texas and the cost of the workshop is $600 for members and $795 for nonmembers. To register for the workshops, click here.

Fern Adams, IPC’s director of government relations and environmental policy, discussed the workshops, stating, “Whether you’re filing a disclosure form for your customer, a conflict minerals report with the SEC or gathering data needed by your customers, you will need to be familiar with the nuances of conflict minerals reporting. IPC’s one-day workshop will provide attendees with a wide array of information on conflict minerals due diligence.”