Electronic Makers Unprepared for “Conflict Mineral” Rules



Business groups try to block conflict minerals rule

Business groups, the US Chamber of Commerce and the National Association of Manufacturers, are taking legal action against the SEC rules requiring US-listed companies to disclose whether their products contain conflict. The SEC decided on these in August following 2 years of work to implement section 1502 of the 2010 Dodd Frank Act. These groups have been arguing that the rules are ‘ unworkable, overly broad and burdensome’ but some US  technology companies, who have been proactive on conflict minerals have previously split from this position. 

The legal action has been condemned by NGO Global Witness and the US Enough Project notes that several US companies, including technology companies, are already implementing conflict mineral checks.

Company Rankings on Conflict Minerals 2012

The Enough Project have updated their survey of the how well consumer electronics companies are doing in removing conflict minerals from their supply chains. Intel & HP come out as industry leaders. Within the mobile telecoms sector, RIM is the top rated company and HTC the bottom.