April 3, 2017

U.S. State Department Requests Comments On Conflict Minerals

Last week, the U.S. Department of State issued a Notice of Stakeholder Consultations on Responsible Conflict Mineral Sourcing “seeking input from stakeholders to inform recommendations of how best to support responsible sourcing of tin, tantalum, tungsten and gold.” Click here to read the notice. 

Parties may submit input or request stakeholder consultations to ConflictMineral@state.gov. If sent by mail, written comments should be addressed to: Ms. Elizabeth Orlando, U.S. Department of State, 2201 C Street NW., Room 3843, Washington, DC 20520. All comments should include a contact person. All requests and comments should be received or postmarked by April 28, 2017. 

As readers of Connecting the Dots know, the Metals Service Center Institute (MSCI) opposes the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s (SEC) regulation on conflict minerals and is pleased that the SEC is currently reviewing the rule. MSCI encourages its members to respond to the State Department’s call for comment. Last December, MSCI sent a letter to House Financial Services Committee Chairman Jeb Hensarling (R-TX) outlining the organization’s opposition to the SEC’s regulation. That letter, which is available to MSCI members here, might be helpful to members as they craft a response to the State Department.