WHAT DOES THE CONGO CONFLICT MINERALS ACT DO?
Introduced by Senators Brownback (R-KS), Durbin (D-IL), and Feingold (D-WI), the "Congo Conflict Minerals Act of 2009" (S. 891) will bring the resources of the U.S. government to bear on a critical economic driver of conflict in eastern Congo: the demand for minerals used in everyday electronics products that finances armed groups who commit horrific atrocities. If passed, this bill would provide the authority and direction for the United States government to help ensure that the mineral trade stops contributing to human rights violations, including killings of unarmed civilians and sexual violence, while at the same time developing mechanisms to allow the Congolese people to benefit from these resources. In a further positive direction, the bill demands greater transparency and accountability from companies: all companies listed on U.S. stock exchanges - including major electronics companies which are among the largest end-buyers of some of these minerals would have to disclose the origin of their supplies to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. For those minerals coming from Congo or neighboring countries, companies would need to disclose the precise mine of origin.
Although the bill does not include a requirement that companies submit independent audits of their supply chains, as the Enough Project has consistently called for, this bill is a valuable first step toward greater transparency.
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WHAT YOU CAN DO:
Call or write your Senators and urge them to cosponsor the Congo Conflict Minerals Act of 2009. You can fill out the below form to email your Senators automatically, or call them by dialing the U.S. Capitol Switchboard at (202) 224-3121 and asking for your senators' office. Click here to find out if your Senator is already a cosponsor. If s/he is already a cosponsor, you can send a thank you email!