Congo Conflict Minerals Act of 2009

Metals derived from inhumanely mined minerals go into electronic products used by millions of Americans. In the Democratic Republic of Congo, many people – especially women and children – are victimized by armed groups who are trying to make a profit from mining ‘conflict minerals.’ The legislation introduced today brings accountability and transparency to the supply chain of minerals used in the manufacturing of many electronic devices. I hope the legislation will help save lives.

So stated US Senator Sam Brownback.

Here’s an NGO opinion on the issue.

Efforts for transparency are needed, but I have wondered whether legislation in one country is enough to deal with such a complex issue. Doesn’t something like this need industry buy-in on top of nation led initiatives?

Posted in Conflict, Corporateresponsibility, DRC, Humanrights, Transparency

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