BY SONIA HAUSEN
On the 7th of September 2011, members of civil society, government, and the private sector convened in New York City to discuss the World Gold Council’s (WGC) draft Conflict-Free Gold Standards. The day-long Roundtable was facilitated by the independent, nonpartisan, and nonprofit organization, The Fund for Peace. WGC, the initiator of the meeting, sought feedback and guidance to ensure the Standard does what it intends and addresses what matters to all relevant stakeholders in order to build consensus and support within a broader global context. Experts assembled to share perspectives, make further recommendations, discuss efficacy and practical implementation, and jointly recognize the challenges facing companies operating in complex and sensitive environments. The following is an overview of the various discussion topics, opinions, and advice brought to light by participants during the session. The session was held under the Chatham House Rule.