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?