SEC to Hold Roundtable on Conflict Minerals
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Washington, D.C., Sept. 29, 2011 — The Securities and Exchange Commission today announced that it will host a public roundtable next month to discuss the agency’s required rulemaking under Section 1502 of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, which relates to reporting requirements regarding conflict minerals originating in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and adjoining countries.
The event will take place on October 18 from 12:30 p.m. to 5:15 p.m. and will provide a forum for various stakeholders to exchange views and provide input on issues related to the SEC’s required rulemaking. The panel discussions will focus on key regulatory issues such as appropriate reporting approaches for the final rule, challenges in tracking conflict minerals through the supply chain, and workable due diligence and other requirements related to the rulemaking.
“We are committed to writing an effective rule as soon as possible, and the roundtable will help us do that,” said Meredith Cross, Director of the SEC’s Division of Corporation Finance.
Roundtable panelists are expected to reflect the views of different constituencies, including affected issuers, human rights organizations, and other stakeholders. A final agenda including a list of participants will be announced closer to the date of the roundtable.
The roundtable will be held in the auditorium at the SEC’s headquarters at 100 F Street NE in Washington D.C. The roundtable will be open to the public with seating on a first-come, first-served basis, and the discussion also can be viewed via live webcast on the SEC website.
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