Investors Emphasize Importance of Dodd-Frank Act Compliance

Investors Emphasize Importance of Dodd-Frank Act Compliance

Investors controlling $1.2 trillion in assets issued a statement last week warning companies that compliance under the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act is still necessary and expected.

The statement, signed by 47 investors, reiterated that it a legal requirement to report under Section 1502 of the Dodd-Frank Act. Additionally, investors are concerned failure to report will increase the risk of human rights violations in supply chains, particularly in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and its neighboring countries.

Some companies interpreted April 2017 comments by outgoing Securities and Exchange (SEC) Commission Commissioner Michael Piwowar about the SEC’s enforcement, or lack thereof, to imply they can decline to report on the use of conflict minerals.

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This order is the latest in a series of WROs issued by the agency, including a ban on toys imported from a Chinese manufacturer. These highlight the ongoing success of the U.S. Trade Facilitation and Trade Enforcement Act in increasing the ability of the U.S. CBPA to prevent the import of products linked to forced labor.

However, while some companies may feel the SEC’s enforcement policies are vague, these investors have made it clear that Section 1502 of the Dodd-Frank Act isn’t optional — and companies that choose not to comply could face legal action.

Conflict minerals reports are important to investors, who are becoming increasingly concerned about the social impact of the companies they invest in. As such, responsible mineral sourcing will continue to play a significant role in investment decision-making, particularly when the EU Conflict Mineral Regulation takes effect in January 2021 and industry-driven efforts for voluntary disclosures grow.  The scope of conflict mineral reporting may expand in the future, as companies broaden their programs to include minerals such as cobalt, mica, talc, nickel, iron and copper.

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