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Main Content: Lobbying "seeking to undermine" Dodd-Frank conflict minerals legislation - responses & non-responses by companies & business orgs.

Press release: Electronics companies’ responses to allegations that their industry associations undermine conflict minerals legislation, 1 Aug 2012, Business & Human Rights Resource Centre

(update re joint NGO statement urging companies to "break from US Chamber of Commerce", Jun 2012 - scroll down)

In May 2012 we invited the companies and associations listed below to respond to an article by Global Witness, “Are electronics companies trying to have it both ways on conflict minerals legislation?

This article alleges that associations such as the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) “have been seeking to undermine the implementation of Dodd Frank 1502”.   Dodd Frank 1502 will require companies registered with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) to carry out supply chain due diligence on any minerals sourced from Dem. Rep. of Congo or adjoining countries.  Such companies would also have to submit an audited report on the due diligence measures they have taken to the SEC, and to disclose this information publicly.  Global Witness argues that lobbying by The U.S. Chamber of Commerce and NAM has “hampered the completion of the law” and this has “serious implications for the population of eastern DRC”.

Business & Human Rights Resource Centre invited the following business associations and companies (who are members of these associations) to respond to the concerns raised:

U.S. Chamber of Commerce - declined to respond
National Association of Manufacturers response [PDF]
Dell response [DOC]
Intel - declined to respond specifically to this statement but pointed to their public position on this issue and to a blog by The Enough Project
IBM - declined to respond
Verizon response [DOC]
HP response [DOC]
Motorola Mobility response [DOC]
Microsoft response [DOC]
General Electric response [PDF]
Xerox - declined to respond
AT&T response [DOC] 
Ford -
declined to respond

Following this, the Enough Project issued a press release on 28 June 2012 praising Microsoft, General Electric, & Motorola Solutions for "breaking" with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce on conflict minerals.

NGOs call for companies to "break from US Chamber of Commerce" - June 2012

In June 2012 we invited the companies below to respond to a joint press release by the Conflict Free Campus Initiative, Congo Action Now, Earthworks, Enough Project, Global Witness, Jewish World Watch & STAND, "Electronics Companies Must Break from US Chamber on Conflict Minerals"

This press release calls on leading electronics and automotive companies to make public statements against the position taken by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce on conflict minerals.  Here are the companies' responses and non-responses:

Acer response [DOC]
AT&T - did not respond
Canon
- did not respond
Dell response
[DOC]
Ford - declined to respond
HP -
declined to respond
IBM - "IBM respectfully declined comment" and shared this link with their response: Political Expenditures and Public Policy Matters (see Trade and Industry Associations)
Intel response [DOC]
Motorola Mobility - declined to respond
Panasonic response [DOC]
RIM response [DOC]
Verizon
- did not respond
Xerox response
[PDF]

The SEC announced on 2 July that it would vote on rules to implement conflict minerals provisions on 22 August 2012.  For details on its vote adopting these rules, and responses from NGOs, companies and others, click here.

US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC)


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