Rule 13p-1, through Form SD, requires the disclosure of certain information if a company manufactures or contracts to manufacture products for which certain “conflict minerals” (as defined below) are necessary to the functionality or production of such products. Form SD defines “conflict minerals” as (i) (a) cassiterite, (b) columbite-tantalite (coltan), (c) gold, and (d) wolframite, or their derivatives, which are currently limited to tantalum, tin, and tungsten (collectively, “3TGs”); or (ii) any other minerals or their derivatives determined by the U.S. Secretary of State to be financing conflict in the Democratic Republic of Congo or an “adjoining country.” Section 1502(e)(1) of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act of 2010 defines “adjoining country” as a country that shares an internationally recognized border with the Democratic Republic of Congo, which presently includes Angola, Burundi, Central African Republic, the Republic of Congo, Rwanda, South Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda, and Zambia (each, including the Democratic Republic of Congo, a “Covered Country”).

To learn more, please refer to our annual Form SD