Tulane Law School Payson Center launches a retrospective Dodd-Frank Section 1502 Conflict Mineral Survey

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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, on June 8, 2014, the Payson Center launched 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. 


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 Payson Center for International Developmenet 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, on June 8th, 2014, Chris Bayer, a newly conferred International Development PhD,  who helped author the 2011 Economic Impact Analysis worked with Tulane to launch the 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:

  • drafted a protocol and survey instrument
  • circulated the draft protocol and survey instrument to a stakeholders' forum
  • reviewed and incorporatded stakeholder feedback
  • built the survey on an internet platform: Tulane University's Qualtrics site
  • launched the survey on June 8, 2014 (after Form SD has been submitted); and
  • will keep the survey submission period live for 1 month
  • will analyze data and draft report
  • will release a final report on July 21, 2014 or August 22, 2014

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

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