Mandatory Versus Voluntary:
The Example of Conflict Minerals
Human Rights & Business Roundtable No. 131
June 15, 2016
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Join us for our next Human Rights & Business Roundtable meeting which will take place on Wednesday, June 15. Please note that this is a change of date from that originally advertized, due to reschduling for unforseen circumstances.
The issue of conflict minerals in fragile and conflict-affected areas such as the Democratic Republic of Congo has long been a serious human rights concern, with linkages to armed groups and organized crime, and the widespread use of child labour. Though the problem was clear, finding a solution was not easy. Section 1502 of the Dodd-Frank Act sought to address this issue legislatively, and five years on, opinions on its success are divided.
This Roundtable will examine two distinct, but interrelated issues: how to effectively attempt to manage illegal and artisanal mining, and whether legislation is, or can be, a viable answer to complex political, social, and economic problems in countries a world away.
Fern Abrams - Director of Regulatory Affairs, IPC Association Connecting Electronics Industries
Brad Brooks-Rubin - Policy Director, Enough Project
Please note that attendance at the Roundtable is by invitation only.
If you are interested in joining the Roundtable, please contact Hannah Blyth.