Tell the SEC: Keep Conflict Minerals Out of Our Electronics!
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Tell the SEC: Keep Conflict Minerals Out of Our Electronics!

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      Enough Project

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), a U.S. financial oversight body, has developed the first draft of reporting requirements for companies covered by the U.S. legislation on Congo's conflict minerals. 

Tin, tungsten, tantalum, and gold are essential to the performance of our SMART technology used in cell phones, laptops, digital cameras and other high-end consumer electronics. These minerals are sourced from eastern Congo, home to the deadliest conflict in the world since World War II. Over 5 million people have died, and rape is epidemic. The armed militias and soldiers committing atrocities in Congo make hundreds of millions of dollars per year on the illicit trade in Congo’s minerals. 

Congress took a major step forward last year by passing conflict minerals provisions in the Wall Street Reform Act that will require all manufacturing companies that source tin, tungsten, tantalum and gold to find out where they get their minerals from and to audit their supply chains to ensure they are not benefiting armed groups in Congo.

Thanks to public action the proposed regulations incorporate points that we feel are essential to curbing the illicit trade in conflict minerals and ensuring our purchases do not contribute to a deadly war. But companies are actively calling for these rules to be watered down easing the reporting requirements placed on them, for example jewelry companies are asking for an exemption from the requirements all together. These draft regulations are open for public comments until March 2nd, after which time they will be finalized as law. (A group of activists will print out and hand deliver the petition to the commissioners in mid-February, so the petition will close on February 18.)

A few months ago activists delivered over two thousand signatures and comments to the SEC to voice how important it is for the legislation to deliver on its purpose: clean, transparent supply chains that facilitate a mining sector in Congo that benefits its people - and your voices were heard! Now as we enter the final stretch we need you to lend your voices once again to ensure the final rules remain strong.

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    6. Reached 5 signatures
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    8. Reached 250 signatures
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    10. Reached 100 signatures
    11. We have until March 2nd to demand that the SEC stay strong and refuse to loosen conflict mineral regulations

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    • Spirit man SANTA BARBARA, CA
      • over 3 years ago

      When will we learn that people are the true treasure- every one of us started out as happy smiling babies. What happened along the way?

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    • sidtszvj sidtszvj BNZRIWVSFH, AK
      • over 3 years ago

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      • over 3 years ago

      Companies need to stop worrying about saving dollars and care about saving lives! It makes me sick and ashamed to be part of a nation who values profit over human rights. Shame on any business or government agency who denies responsible purchasing as a mandatory practice for doing business in or with America!

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    • dianne proctor ATLANTA, GA
      • over 3 years ago

      It's only a matter of time before I put down my cell phone and shut down my computer. I will not be responsible for thousands upon thousands of death in Congo. It's time for manufacturers to find a new way to power their products. Death of innocent people is no longer an option!

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    • Martie Wyatt TULSA, OK
      • over 3 years ago

      Do not allow economic interests to influence changes and lessen the impact of this legistation.

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