The Securities and Exchange Commission's Conflict Minerals Rule is changing the way many companies do business -- even those that don't make obvious use of materials such as tantalum, tin, tungsten or gold. Brooks Sports is assessing its products to ensure materials aren't sourced from conflict zones and is asking suppliers to do the same, says President and Chief Operating Officer David Bohan. "Whether it's an SEC rule or not, we want to make sure we're not buying things that are harmful to people in other parts of the world," he says.

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