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Companies not getting enough info to say products are ‘Conflict Free’

The Wall Street Journal. The Dodd-Frank Act of 2010 requires publicly traded companies to report whether they use conflict minerals from mining operations that fund armed militia groups in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

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Louis Berger International pays $17.1 million penalty for FCPA violation

The National Law Review. On July 17, 2015, Louis Berger International, Inc., a New Jersey-based construction management company, entered into a deferred prosecution agreement (DPA) with the Department of Justice under which it agreed to pay a $17.1 million penalty for violating the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA).

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Conflict minerals filings show challenges for companies without global database, independent verification systems

Reuters. The world’s largest brands in the electronics, retail, apparel, oil and gas and manufacturing sectors counted on global leader Source Intelligence for comprehensive supply chain data management to trace the source of raw materials (3TG) used in their products for conflict minerals reporting to the SEC.

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Updated chemical bill undermines state regulation

The Baltimore Sun. Maryland parents should be able to shop safely without concern that everyday products may contain toxic chemicals that threaten their children’s health.

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Mexico’s new national anticorruption system: 7 key points

JD Supra. Mexico’s President, Enrique Peña Nieto, has promulgated the Constitutional Reform regarding the creation of the National Anticorruption System.

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