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A recent, independent evaluation of the public company “conflict mineral” filings submitted to the SEC for reporting year 2014 under Dodd-Frank Section 1502 found that of the 1,262 companies evaluated, 312 scored a perfect 100% and 245 scored below 75% in meeting the requirements of the SEC rule.
The most noticeable shortcoming was that more than half of the filers did not disclose country or countries of origin of the conflict minerals in their products). Almost half of the filers did not disclose the facilities used to process the necessary 3TG.
The study evaluated the filers’ conflict minerals disclosures against two sets of criteria: those established by the SEC rule and a non-binding “good practice” metric developed by the Responsible Sourcing Network (RSN), a human rights organization and Sustainalytics, a research firm specializing in environmental, social and governance analysis. While the majority of filers met most of the regulatory requirements, most scored significantly lower on the “good practice” measures.
The study was designed and executed by Chris N. Bayer, Ph.D., with the assistance of a broad advisory panel comprised of Fern Abrams of IPC, Lawrence Heim of Elm Sustainability Partners, Michael Littenberg of Schulte, Roth & Zabel, Charles Riepenhoff, Jr. of KPMG and Jonathan Hughes of Assent Compliance.
IPC members interested in learning more about the study are invited to attend a free webinar by Dr. Bayer on September 15.
Nolan Johnson, I-Connect007
In this follow-up to his recent interview on the Q4 2022 outlook, Shawn DuBravac, IPC chief economist, provides an update on the incoming supply chain for EMS providers. Naturally, this conversation centers on component availability, where the supply crunch is easing, and by how much. It doesn’t seem we’ll be seeing any across-the-board relief for some time to come, but Shawn’s higher-altitude perspective brings insight to your daily planning.
Michelle Te, I-Connect007
It’s officially fall, and that means it's time to start planning your trade show attendance. To help you make decisions about when and where to go, we’ve put together a list of industry trade shows. It has been two long years with no or few in-person trade shows, and we’ve felt it. So, now we’re back in business and ready to hit the road. Do you have a show or conference to add to our list? Let us know!
I-Connect007 Editorial Team
There has not been a time in recent memory when the U.S. legislative body is putting as much focus on the microelectronics industries. One bill, the CHIPS Act, was signed into law last year. A new bill introduced this year seeks to allocate funding for printed circuit board fabrication. In this exclusive interview, our team spoke with Travis Kelly, CEO of Isola Group and president of the Printed Circuit Board Association, and U.S. Rep. Blake Moore (R-Utah), who has co-sponsored the bill now before the House. Travis and Blake both express optimism about onshoring domestic production, but the realities of the legislative calendar may pose some risks.