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Report Finds ‘Troubling Trend’ in Conflict Minerals Disclosures

Oct. 12, 2017, 4:06 PM

Disclosures on how companies manage risks from minerals in their supply chains that have been linked to conflict and human rights abuses in central Africa show “a troubling trend,” according to a new report from the Responsible Sourcing Network.

The Oct. 12 report, which scored companies based on what they said in required conflict minerals filings and in other public disclosures, found that the majority of the roughly 200 companies sampled—including Wal-Mart Stores Inc. and Unilever N.V.—received lower scores than they did the year before.

Scores fell for company efforts to identify products containing tin, tantalum, tungsten, or gold. Corporate...

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