Conflict Minerals

Striking Gold: How M23 and its Allies are Infiltrating Congo's Gold Trade

The M23 rebel group has taken over a profitable part of the conflict gold trade in the east of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, or DRC, argues a new Enough Project report.

Think Progress: Packers Quarterback Aaron Rodgers Joins Campaign To Raise Awareness About Technology And Congo

Aaron Rodgers (ThinkProgress)

On homecoming week here at the University of Wisconsin, a local football star had campus celebrating.   Read More »

National Geographic on Conflict Minerals: Opportunity to Grow the Clean Minerals Trade in Congo

A child is put to work at a militia-run mine in Watsa | Marcus Bleasdale

The latest issue of National Geographic magazine, the 125th Anniversary Collector’s Edition “Photography Issue,” explores the role conflict minerals play in the violence in eastern Congo.  Read More »

Joint NGO Position Paper: Breaking the Links

This group of 58 European and global non-governmental organizations calls on the European Commission to adopt legislation requiring European business entities to conduct supply chain due diligence in order to ensure that they do not contribute to conflict financing or human rights abuses in the production and trade in natural resources. Such legislation should, at a minimum, meet international standards endorsed by the United Nations and by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development and reflect principles contained within the European Union's own Corporate Social Responsibility strategy.

Joint NGO Position Paper: Breaking the Links

New Report: Expectations for Companies' Conflict Minerals Reporting

Today, the Enough Project along with the Responsible Sourcing Network released a report,"Expectations for Companies' Conflict Minerals Reporting", that articulates key reporting components that are important to socially responsible investors and rights groups who have been advocates for a clean minerals trade.  Read More »

Expectations for Companies' Conflict Minerals Reporting

As companies prepare their first required reports on conflict mineral use to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, SEC, Responsible Sourcing Network and the Enough Project released a report that sets expectations for the contents of the inaugural reports required by Section 1502 of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act.

Investors and Human Rights Advocates Set Expectations for SEC Dodd-Frank Conflict Minerals Reports

Date: 
Sep 5, 2013

Enough Project and Responsible Sourcing Network Press Release 

Embargoed Until: 12:01 a.m. ET, Thursday, September 5, 2013                     

Contacts: Carine Umuhumuza, cumuhumuza@enoughproject.org, 202-478-5314

  Katherine Kassing,katherine@asyousow.org,510-735-8144 

Investors and Human Rights Advocates Set Expectations for SEC Dodd-Frank Conflict Minerals Reports

As companies prepare their first required reports on conflict mineral use to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, SEC, key investors and human rights groups, have released a paper that sets expectations for the contents of the inaugural reports required by Section 1502 of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act.

"Expectations for Companies’ Conflict Minerals Reporting" describes the content that sustainable and responsible investors and human rights advocates expect to see in a company’s Specialized Disclosure Form and/or Conflict Minerals Report. These disclosures will include information on the use of minerals sourced from the Democratic Republic of the Congo or neighboring countries, where egregious human rights abuses linked to the mining industry have plagued the region for 15 years. 

Patricia Jurewicz, Director of Responsible Sourcing Network and co-author of the paper, states:

“Investors would like to see their companies establish baselines the first year and specify the steps they are taking so we can then measure improvements in transparency and accountability reporting over time. Our paper provides a set of specific indicators that can be tracked to allow for comparability between annual reports.”

Both Responsible Sourcing Network and the Enough Project, authoring organizations of the paper, engaged with the SEC throughout the process of defining the reporting requirements for section 1502, which began in 2010. 
 
Darren Fenwick, Senior Government Affairs Manager at the Enough Project and co-author of the paper states:

“Advocates for a clean minerals trade wish to understand how issuers, who are connected to the Congo through mineral sourcing, are addressing their connection to the conflict that has resulted in millions of deaths. Additionally, companies whose reports show compliance benefit from positive public sentiment and increased brand recognition.” 

The paper details the expectations for companies’ successful reporting, including:

  • Constructing key elements of a vigorous company conflict minerals policy and steps for implementing a program
  • ​Metrics that companies should track to effectively determine their actions to accurately assess the origin of their minerals
  • Commitment to only using minerals from smelters that have been audited as conflict-free by a credible program such as the Conflict-Free Sourcing Initiative as they become available; and
  • Building a clean minerals trade by 1) Committing to sourcing conflict-free minerals from Congo and the surrounding region; and 2) Implementing OECD due diligence processes to determine if an issuers’ minerals are contributing to the conflict. 

Stakeholders also encourage companies to take compliance beyond the 1502 reporting requirements to help create a peaceful and secure Congo by participating in diplomatic efforts and contributing to alternative livelihood projects in the region. 

Read the paper, "Expectations for Companies' Conflict Minerals Reporting": http://www.enoughproject.org/files/Expectations-for-Companies-Conflict-Minerals-Reporting.pdf

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Responsible Sourcing Network (www.sourcingnetwork.org), a project of the nonprofit organization As You Sow (www.asyousow.org), is dedicated to ending human rights abuses and forced labor associated with the raw materials found in products we use every day. RSN builds responsible supply chain coalitions of diverse stakeholders to leverage their influence in the areas of conflict minerals from the Congo and forced labor in the cotton fields of Uzbekistan. 

Enough Project (www.enoughproject.org) is a project of the Center for American Progress to end genocide and crimes against humanity. Founded in 2007, Enough focuses on the crises in Sudan, South Sudan, eastern Congo, and areas affected by the Lord’s Resistance Army. Enough conducts intensive field research, develops practical policies to address these crises, and shares sensible tools to empower citizens and groups working for change. 

D.C. District Court Upholds Dodd-Frank Conflict Minerals Rule

SEC Chair Mary Jo White

On July 23, the U.S. District Court in Washington, DC rejected the lawsuit on conflict minerals legislation, section 1502 of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform Act.   Read More »

Walk Free Challenges Nintendo with Slavery Is Not a Game Campaign

Walk Free campaign: #slaveryisnotagame

On June 19 the anti-slavery group Walk Free released a video game parody of Super Mario Bros in a new campaign addressing the use of conflict minerals in Nintendo’s products.   Read More »

Thousands of Children Exploited in Congo's Mines and Militias

Child miners in eastern Congo.

Thousands of children are being exploited in the mines and by armed groups that operate in the Tanganyika district of Katanga province in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.  Read More »

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