Subject: Comments on Conflict Mineral regulations (1502)
From: Jeremy Kisner, CFP

March 9, 2017

Acting Chairman Piwowar:
Regarding the U.S. SEC’s reconsideration of the Conflict Minerals Rule.  I believe the rule has raised investor and consumer awareness on the need for programs that assure legal and ethical sourcing. The legal and financial risk of irresponsible sourcing practices has put conflict minerals, cobalt and other materials such as cotton and palm oil as primary commodities with direct ties to human trafficking. and a number of other commodity traceability programs on the U.S. corporate agenda.    The U.S. set the standard for this issue, which resulted in similar initiatives by U.S. states, the European Union and countries across the globe. Technology and improvements in tracing and verification are contributing to high success rates, better sourcing practices and  for these reasons, I believe it would be a mistake to repeal or stay the  Conflict Minerals 1502 requirements.
Thanks for your consideration,