Tulane Law School Payson Center to launch retrospective conflict mineral survey in June 2014

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In October 2011, The Tulane University Law School Payson Center for International Development released its Economic Impact Analysis on Dodd-Frank Section 1502 Concerning Conflict Minerals, projecting the costs of Section 1502 of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act.  Almost 4 years after the passing of this law, in June 2014, the Payson Center will launch a retrospective survey of companies affected by the law to get to the bottom of the actual economic impact and other externalities of this law. 

What?

An anonymous, company-level survey that will shed light on the economic impact of Dodd-Frank Section 1502 as well as the nuts and bolts employed to comply. 

Why do we need to know?

Four years after the passing of the Dodd-Frank (July 21, 2010) and approaching two years after the SEC issuing of the rules (August 22, 2012), from a business and policy making standpoint stakeholders need to know how the market has responded to this unprecedented disclosure law, from the micro- to macro level:  

  • What is the actual economic impact of Dodd-Frank Section 1502 for American and foreign companies?
  • What systems and processes have companies created or engaged in order to comply with the rules?  
  • What externalities has the law caused, affecting companies and mineral markets?

Only an aggregation of individual company's experiences would permit such a post-hoc understanding of the big-picture ramifications of the law.

Who would implement the necessary survey?

Ever since projecting the economic impact of the Conflict Mineral provision in October of 2011, Tulane intended to get to the bottom of these questions.  In order to maximize beneficiary feedback, Tulane will work with a broad-based stakeholder forum to conduct the survey.

When would the survey take place?

The first round of Form SD filing represents the first major compliance milestone.  Working in an inclusive manner with a diverse group of stakeholders, in June 2014 Tulane will launch a retrospective survey inviting companies affected by the law to take stock and anonymously share their experience. 

In order to get there, Tulane's Payson Center for International Development will:

  • draft protocol and survey instrument
  • circulate draft protocol and survey instrument to stakeholder forum
  • review and incorporate feedback
  • build survey on internet platform (prospectively Qualtrics)
  • launch survey within the first week of June (after Form SD has been submitted)
  • keep the survey submission period live for 1 month
  • analyze data and draft report
  • release report on July 21, 2014 or August 22, 2014

For any questions please contact Chris Bayer at (cbayer@tulane.edu).

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