- Chairman SchapiroSecurities and Exchange Commission
Ensure that Companies Monitor for Slavery in Congo Mines
Minerals that come from the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo turn up in electronics, in light bulbs, batteries and other everyday items. It would be hard to escape our connection to these items, and through them, our connection to slavery and conflict in Congo.
Free the Slaves and human rights organizations in Congo have documented abuses against miners in Congo, including forced labor, debt bondage, and hazardous child labor. Other forms of slavery like the use of child soldiers and the prostitution of children also exist in mining areas. (See our findings here).
WHAT YOU CAN DO
What can you do about it? Under a new U.S. law (download a PDF of the legislation here), companies are required to tell the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) how they monitor the source of their long international supply chain. And the SEC is asking you, the general public, for comments on how this law should be implemented.
Sign this petition to tell the SEC: Don't overlook slavery in Congo mines!
- Securities and Exchange Commission
The recent passage of the Conflict Minerals Act is an important first step in ensuring that U.S. consumers won't take part in fueling the deadliest conflict on earth. By making the supply chains of tin, tungsten, tantalum and gold more transparent, American consumers will be able choose to support companies that take steps to ensure their products are conflict-free, and also free of slavery and other extreme human rights abuses.
Free the Slaves and human rights organizations in Congo have documented abuses against miners in Congo, including forced labor, debt bondage, and hazardous child labor. Other forms of slavery like the use of child soldiers and the prostitution of children also exist in mining areas.
Slavery must not be overlooked in the implementation of the Conflict Minerals Act. The new law requires companies to disclose “due diligence on the source” of conflict minerals originating in the DRC. 15 U.S.C. 78m (p)(1)(A)(i).
Due diligence on the source of these minerals must be defined to include a description of efforts to monitor the source of the supply chain for forms of modern slavery and other extreme violations of human rights.
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