Conflict Minerals – What is the Role for European Business?

April 3, 2014

Avenue Marnix 23
Brussels 1000

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The European Commission has adopted a proposal to prevent the proceeds from certain mined minerals from fueling armed conflict, by obliging EU companies to source these minerals responsibly.

This initiative raises a number of concerns for businesses: Is business increasingly being made to account for “bad governance” in non-EU countries? What are the costs of non-compliance? What does this mean for businesses in Europe?


  • Hubert André-Dumont, Partner, McGuireWoods LLP 


  • Elena Peresso, Member of Cabinet De Gucht, Commissioner for Trade
  • Signe Ratso, Director Trade Strategy and Analysis, Market Access, DG Trade
  • Catherine Bearder, Member of the European Parliament (ALDE)
  • Frederik Verhasselt, Corporate Security Officer, Umicore
  • Jenny Sandahl, Environmental Portfolio Manager, Ericsson
  • Yves Melin, Partner, McGuireWoods LLP