Now that the EU Conflict Minerals Regulation (EU Regulation) is in full effect, EU importers of tin, tantalum, tungsten, and gold and derivative products need to determine whether they are covered by the EU Regulation.  Those EU importers that are covered by the EU Regulation are required to implement a supply chain due diligence process based on the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development’s Due Diligence Guidance for Responsible Supply Chains of Minerals from Conflict-Affected and High-Risk Areas (OECD Guidance).

So, what does the OECD Guidance require?  What should EU importers do to get started?  One way to get started is to listen to our series of short workshops that cover each of Steps 1 through 4 of the OECD Guidance.  The workshops are hosted by Dynda Thomas (Squire Patton Boggs Cleveland) and Bernard Maier (Squire Patton Boggs London). “EU Conflict Minerals Workshop: Due Diligence and OECD Guidance.”

Thursday 4 February 2021 OECD Step 1 – Strong Company Management Systems
Thursday 11 February 2021 OECD Step 2 – Identify and Assess Risks
Thursday 18 February 2021 OECD Step 3 – Address and Mitigate Risks
Thursday 25 February 2021 OECD Step 4 – Independent Third-party Audits

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