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Global Witness is campaigning for strong international and domestic legislative frameworks to break the links between global supply chains and violent conflict. We are calling on governments to introduce and enforce strong laws that make due diligence and public reporting mandatory for companies that may source minerals and other natural resources from conflict-affected and high risk areas.

To learn about our EU conflict minerals campaign, go here. 

For more information on company due diligence, click here.

Proposed EU law will not keep conflict minerals out of Europe

A proposed regulation published in March 2014 by the European Commission on the responsible sourcing of minerals is not strong enough to prevent European companies’ mineral purchases from financing conflict or human rights abuses.

Global Witness is part of a coalition of over 60 international NGOs who have come together to call for robust European legislation that places mandatory supply chain due diligence requirements on EU-based companies that source natural resources from conflict-affected and high-risk areas. 

Instead of putting forward a proposal that would require a wide range of companies to carry out due diligence, the Commission announced voluntary measures that would only apply to a narrow group of companies importing minerals into Europe. Global Witness believes that the Commission’s proposal – an opt-in, self-certification scheme – is likely to have minimal impact on the way that the majority of European companies source natural resources.

Click here to read our joint NGO press release in response to the Commission’s legislative proposal.

Click here to read our reaction to the European Parliament’s call for strong EU regulation.

Industry appeals U.S. Court decision to uphold the SEC’s final rule for Dodd Frank conflict minerals provision

Landmark legislation passed by the U.S. Congress in July 2010 requires US-listed companies to publish information about their purchases of tin, tungsten, tantalum and gold from Congo and its adjoining countries. Section 1502 of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (Dodd Frank Act) requires US-listed companies to carry out checks on their supply chain – known as due diligence – to determine whether their minerals purchases have benefited abusive armed groups in eastern DRC. Companies must report publicly to the Security and Exchange Commission’s (SEC) on the measures they've taken, and commission an independent third party audit of their report.

In August 2013, US industry associations, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) and Business Roundtable appealed the Washington, D.C. court’s decision to uphold the SEC’s final rule for Section 1502. The appeal is a shameful attempt by these groups to gut a law designed to stop minerals from fuelling violence in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

Click here to read our Apil 2014 update on responsible mineral sourcing from DRC.

Global Witness strongly supports the SEC and Amnesty International in their defence of Section 1502.

Click here to read our Amicus Brief in relation to the Appeal

Click here to read our comment on the final rule.

Click here for more information about the current situation in eastern DRC.

Click on the links below to read statements by two Congolese NGOs.

Statement by CREDDHO

Statement by ASSODIP

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