Rule will require companies to disclose conflict minerals in products

An upcoming rule, part of the Dodd-Frank Act, will require companies and manufacturers to disclose whether their products contain minerals sourced from the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The May 2014 deadline is putting pressure on manufacturers to boost their supply chain software capabilities to comply. The rule covers "conflict minerals" such as gold, tungsten, tantalum and tin, which are commonly used in appliances and electronic goods.

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