U.S. Policy

Enough Project on Historic Dodd-Frank Conflict Mineral Disclosures to SEC

Date: 
Jun 2, 2014

 

Enough Project on Historic Dodd-Frank Conflict Mineral Disclosures to SEC
US Companies Reveal Today If Products Fund Atrocities

 

Today is the deadline for companies to disclose any conflict minerals in their product supply chains to the Securities and Exchange Commission in compliance with Section 1502 of the 2010 Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act.

“It’s an historic day in the fight against corporate abuses in supply chains,” said Sasha Lezhnev. “For the first time ever, electronics and other companies are disclosing whether or not rape and mass killing are part of their supply chains. But the conflict in Congo is not over, and we still need to see more action from jewelers and the U.S. government to fight against conflict gold.”

“For years, electronics, jewelry, and other companies turned a blind eye to what was inside their supply chains. With today’s filings to the SEC, they can no longer do that,” said Enough Project co-founder John Prendergast. “From now on, consumers can look under the hood and judge for themselves whether the maker of their smart phone or necklace is getting rid of blood minerals from Congo and make an informed choice when they go shopping.”

“The Dodd-Frank law on conflict minerals has already had a major impact on deadly armed groups in eastern Congo, helping demilitarize 67% of mines for 3 out of 4 conflict minerals and take away lucrative revenue sources from warlords such as ‘The Terminator’ and ‘Cobra’, added Lezhnev. “Today’s disclosures by electronics and other companies help move that process forward. Electronics and jewelry companies now need to move forward and make fully conflict-free products that include certified minerals from Congo.”

As a part of the U.S. Government's Dodd-Frank Act, signed into law in July 2010, Section 1502 requires companies listed on U.S. stock exchanges to trace the sources of their tin, tungsten, tantalum, or gold minerals and disclose whether or not they are sourcing conflict minerals from the Democratic Republic of Congo or neighboring countries. The reporting requirements mandate the auditing and disclosure of mineral supply chains, relating to products that use those minerals, and provides the commercial leverage to catalyze reform.

PREDICTED COSTS TO BUSINESSES WERE OVERSTATED

“As companies file, we are finding that their actual costs of implementing Dodd-Frank are much lower than what lobbyists estimated. For a $1 billion company, the real cost of filing is approximately $150,000, according to industry experts Claigan Environmental, continued Lezhnev.” This is in large part due to the fact that most companies can use the industry-wide systems set up by Intel, Motorola Solutions, and industry leaders, particularly the Conflict-Free Smelter Program.”

The Enough Project introduced a new consumer action to demand that electronics and other companies work to build fully conflict-free products and source clean minerals from Congo. Enough publishes conflict mineral company rankings and has worked with companies like Intel and others to rid their product supply chains of conflict minerals fueling the deadly decades-old conflict in the Congo.

The Enough Project also runs campaigns and programs including Raise Hope for Congo and the Conflict-Free Campus Initiative.

To speak with an Enough Project spokesperson on this topic, please contact Christina DiPasquale at 202.716.1953 or Christina@fitzgibbonmedia.com.

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The Enough Project 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. To learn more:  www.enoughproject.org.

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STATEMENT: Enough Project on Sanctions Against Individuals in Central African Republic

Date: 
May 14, 2014
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 14, 2014

CONTACT: 

Alec Saslow: Alec@FitzGibbonmedia.com720.319.4948

Christina DiPasquale: Christina@FitzGibbonmedia.com202.716.1953

STATEMENT: Enough Project on Sanctions Against Individuals in 
Central African Republic

Following the announcement that President Obama is authorizing the imposition of sanctions against five individuals for fueling violence in the Central African Republic, Kasper Agger, field researcher at the Enough Project, issued the following statement.

“The announcement from the President is an important step forward to hold those most responsible for the continuing violence accountable and work towards a peace process. But authorizing sanctions is only part of a multi-pronged solution and disarmament strategy that should target all armed groups. A comprehensive approach to stem the violence across the country should also focus on the political peace and reconciliation process, combined with support for the transitional government and the justice system to end impunity.” 

Earlier this month, the Enough Project released Behind the Headlines: Drivers of Violence in the Central African Republic,” which provided a comprehensive analysis of the conflict and outlined the role of the illicit trade of diamonds and elephant ivory, and offered recommendations to stem the violence. 

To speak with an Enough Project spokesperson about the violence in the Central African Republic and the sanctions issued by President Obama, please contact Alec Saslow (720.319.4948Alec@Fitzgibbonmedia.com) or Christina DiPasquale  (202.716.1953christina@fitzgibbonmedia.com)

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The Enough Project 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. To learn more about Enough, go to www.enoughproject.org.

STATEMENT: Enough Project on Peace Deal Reached between South Sudan President Kiir and Rebel Leader Riek Machar

Date: 
May 9, 2014
For Immediate Release: 9 May 2014
Contact: Alec Saslow, 720 319 4948alec@fitzgibbonmedia.com 
 
STATEMENT: Enough Project on Peace Deal Reached between South Sudan President Kiir and Rebel Leader Riek Machar
 
Today, South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir and rebel leader Riek Machar have agreed to a peace deal after a five-month conflict.
 
Said Enough Project Co-Founder John Prendergast:
 
"This deal is in part the fruit of Secretary Kerry's personal diplomacy during his trip the previous week.  It is a crucial first step towards ending the horrors being perpetrated against civilians on the battleground that has become South Sudan.  We will know very quickly whether the parties are serious, as they are right now poised to attack each other in a number of volatile locations on the front lines of the war.  It is crucial to deploy the regional civilian protection force and ceasefire monitors to ensure some measure of compliance. If this falls apart, the fighting will enter an even bloodier phase as the stakes continue to increase.”
 
Sudan and South Sudan Policy Analyst Akshaya Kumar added:

"This agreement comes at a critical moment for South Sudan, where disturbing bouts of violence along ethnic lines have raised the specter of genocide. Still, while necessary, this agreement is not sufficient for a lasting and durable peace. For that, much more inclusive negotiations and reconciliation including a wider range of stakeholders will be necessary, otherwise it's hard to see how this deal will make a difference on the ground.”

To speak with an Enough Project spokesperson, please contact Alec Saslow (720.319.4948Alec@Fitzgibbonmedia.com) or Christina DiPasquale  (202.716.1953christina@fitzgibbonmedia.com).

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The Enough Project 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. To learn more about Enough, go to www.enoughproject.org.

STATEMENT: Enough Project Calls on Kerry, Feingold to Focus on Addressing Conflict Issues in Congo and Angola

Date: 
May 3, 2014
For Immediate Release: May 3, 2014
Contact: Christina DiPasquale, 202.716.1953christina@fitzgibbonmedia.com

STATEMENT: Enough Project Calls on Kerry, Feingold to Focus on Addressing Conflict Issues in Congo and Angola

As Secretary of State John Kerry and U.S. Special Envoy Russ Feingold travel to the Democratic Republic of the Congo this weekend, the Enough Project released the following statements:

"There is a real chance to defeat, disarm and dismantle some of the most brutal armed groups on the African continent,” said John Prendergast, Enough Project Co-founder. “Kerry and Feingold can help catalyze more robust action to counter these groups and give some measure of peace to the long-suffering Congolese people."

“John Kerry and Russ Feingold have a golden opportunity to make an impact on peace in Congo,” said Sasha Lezhnev, Enough Senior Policy Analyst. “They should urge Presidents Kabila and dos Santos to create a feedback loop for civil society to be involved in the peace process and to widen the agenda of talks to include economic issues such as minerals certification. They should also urge Kabila to make concrete progress on addressing the critical regional security threat, the FDLR rebel group.”

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To speak to an Enough Project spokesperson, please contact Christina DiPasquale at , 202.716.1953 or christina@fitzgibbonmedia.com.

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The Enough Project 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. To learn more about Enough, go to www.enoughproject.org.

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STATEMENT: U.S. Needs to Build on Secretary Kerry's Initiatives in South Sudan to Prevent Genocide and Famine

Date: 
May 2, 2014

For Immediate Release: 2 May 2014
Contact: Christina DiPasquale, 202.716.1953Christina@fitzgibbonmedia.com

STATEMENT: U.S. Needs to Build on Secretary Kerry's Initiatives in South Sudan to Prevent Genocide and Famine

Today, as Secretary Kerry visits Juba in his effort to prioritize civilian protection throughout South Sudan, The Enough Project released the following statement from Co-Founder John Prendergast, former Director for African Affairs at the National Security Council:

“Two words that never should be used lightly are beginning to be heard with alarming frequency in South Sudan today: genocide and famine.  The danger of both is clear and present, and state collapse threatens.  Targeting people on the basis of their identity and obstructing humanitarian access puts hundreds of thousands of lives at immediate risk.

"Full support should be given to deploying troops from neighboring states to protect civilians who are most vulnerable to being attacked, raped or killed on the basis of their ethnicity.   

"At the same time, meaningful consequences must be deployed for the commission of war crimes.  The U.S. should work closely with neighboring states and the African Union to freeze the assets of those South Sudanese rebel or government officials found to be orchestrating human rights crimes.  These officials own fixed assets and have accounts in Kenya, Uganda, Ethiopia, South Africa and Dubai, but a great deal of diplomatic effort will need to convince those governments to act. 

"Furthermore, the creation of a mixed special court -- partly international, partly South Sudanese -- would enhance the potential for justice and accountability for those that have orchestrated some of the worst crimes.  If the idea emerges, it should be fully supported by Secretary Kerry."

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To speak to an Enough Project spokesperson, please contact Christina DiPasquale at 202.716.1953 or Christina@fitzgibbonmedia.com.

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The Enough Project 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. To learn more about Enough, go to www.enoughproject.org.

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