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SEC Signals Some Relief on Conflict Minerals Rule

April 17, 2017, Covington Alert

On April 7, 2017, the SEC’s Division of Corporation Finance (the “Division”) issued a statement indicating that it will not recommend enforcement action to the SEC if companies subject to the SEC’s conflict minerals reporting rule only file disclosure under the provisions of paragraphs (a) and (b) of Item 1.01 of Form SD, and not under paragraph (c) of Item 1.01. As discussed below, the statement means that a company will not face the risk of an enforcement action if it fails to conduct the supply chain due diligence called for by paragraph (c) of Item 1.01 and does not file a Conflict Minerals Report, even when it would otherwise be required to take such steps. The Division’s statement is available here.

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