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Apparel Companies Struggle With Conflict Minerals Rule

Zippers could be a greater cause for concern than most apparel importers realize.

“What’s the risk that there are conflict minerals in your supply chain?” asked Barbara Jones, a shareholder in Greenberg Traurig’s corporate and securities practice group, speaking Wednesday at Regulation Education, a half-day workshop hosted by Sourcing Journal at LIM College Townhouse in New York.

She was referring to Section 1502 of the 2010 Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, which requires companies using tin, tantalum, tungsten and gold (3TG) to make efforts to determine if those materials came from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) or an adjoining country and, if so, to carry out due diligence on their supply chains to ascertain whether those minerals were purchased from mines or smelters that support armed groups in those regions.

Read more at Sourcing Journal.