A Vancouver native, Charlotte recently graduated from Simon Fraser University, where she majored in English and Humanities. During her time there, SFU’s Writing and Communications program caught her attention, and she began working towards a Certificate in Editing. After completing an editorial internship at Vancouver’s Western Living magazine in the fall of 2010, she knew that she wanted to pursue editing further.
Charlotte started working for the Investing News Network in the spring of 2012 and now specializes in writing about diamonds, precious metals, base metals and graphite. She received her Certificate in Editing in 2013.
Reuters reported that only 5 percent of companies that filed their conflict minerals reports with the US Securities and Exchange Commission on June 2 “traced the conflict status of the minerals used in their products.”
Tantalum has been booted from a European Union list of critical raw materials because it’s now thought to have “a lower supply risk.” Here’s a look at exactly how much of the metal was produced in 2013.
Bloomberg reported that while many companies have failed to adequately examine if they source minerals from the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Intel Corp. (NASDAQ:INTC) and Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) are two exceptions.
Bloomberg reported that many companies filing their conflict minerals reports with the US Securities and Exchange Commission are choosing to take “advantage of a provision that allows them to say they don’t know where the metals originated.”
Reuters reported that Rwanda’s mining industry is likely to record lower earnings this year even though production is expected to be higher. That’s because metals prices are much lower than they were last year.
The US Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit recently struck down the part of the conflict minerals rule that would have required companies to “disclose publicly any products that aren’t ‘conflict free.”
Forbes contributor Tim Worstall said in a recent article that the Behind the Barcode campaign, which is part of the larger corporate social responsibility movement, is using a “profoundly anti-market” method to achieve its goals.
Reuters reported that the US Appeals Court for the District of Columbia Circuit has denied a request from three trade groups to delay the implementation of the US Securities and Exchange Commission’s (SEC) conflict minerals rule.
Reuters reported that the National Association of Manufacturers, the US Chamber of Commerce and the Business Roundtable have asked the US Appeals Court for the District of Columbia Circuit to stop the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) from implementing its conflict minerals rule.
Just weeks remain before companies registered with the US Securities and Exchange Commission must disclose whether they are receiving tantalum, tungsten, tin and gold from the Democratic Republic of the Congo — and, if so, whether they are getting those minerals from conflict-free sources. However, PricewaterhouseCoopers says many companies are not ready to do so.