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House Oversight Committee Holds Its First ESG Hearing – An Overview for Asset Managers

The House Committee on Oversight and Accountability recently held a hearing titled “ESG Part I: an Examination of Environmental, Social, and Governance Practices with Attorneys General.” The hearing covered a range of topics, including fiduciary duties, antitrust and consumer protection, proxy voting, ERISA, and the banking, insurance and utilities industries. In this Alert, we unpack the nearly four-hour hearing and where it fits into the broader debate over ESG integration by asset managers.

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Conflict Minerals Compliance in 2023 – Resources for Compliance

Time to Read: 1 minutes Practices: ESG, CSR and Business and Human Rights

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Calendar 2022 U.S. Conflict Minerals Rule filings are due on May 31. Although the substantive requirements have not changed since last year, there are nevertheless changes to disclosure, policies and procedures to consider. On a webinar this week, Michael Littenberg, Ropes & Gray Partner and Global ESG, CSR and Business and Human Rights Practice head, will be providing filing tips that all filers should consider. Information on the webinar can be accessed here.

The following are just some of the additional Ropes & Gray resources available to assist with conflict minerals compliance, both under the U.S. Conflict Minerals Rule and globally:

Revisiting Conflict Minerals Compliance – Developments, Trends and Action Items for the Current Reporting Year and Beyond

SEC Issues Updated Statement on Conflict Minerals Rule

The EU Conflict Minerals Regulation – Frequently Asked Questions and Take-Aways for Downstream Companies (or Why Should I Care About Yet Another New Supply Chain Regulation?)

Conflict Minerals Compliance – European Commission Publishes Global List of Conflict-Affected and High-Risk Areas

Swiss Conflict Minerals and Child Labor Due Diligence Legislation Takes Effect – Will Require Due Diligence and Reporting by Many U.S.-Based Multinationals Doing Business in Switzerland

Numerous additional alerts, articles and white papers relating to conflict minerals compliance are available on our website.

Ropes & Gray is a leader in advising companies on global conflict minerals compliance. Active in this space since well before the adoption of the Conflict Minerals Rule, we advise many of the world’s leading companies – across all major industries – on compliance in this area. We are the only law firm member of the Responsible Minerals Initiative. With more than 400 member companies, the RMI is one of the most utilized and respected resources for companies from a range of industries addressing responsible mineral sourcing issues in their supply chains.

About Ropes & Gray’s ESG, CSR and Business and Human Rights Practice

Ropes & Gray has a leading ESG, CSR and business and human rights compliance practice. We offer clients a comprehensive approach in these subject areas through a global team with members in the United States, Europe and Asia. In addition, senior members of the practice have advised on these matters for more than 30 years, enabling us to provide a long-term perspective that few firms can match.

For further information on the practice, click here.

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