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Civil society briefing calls on EU to strengthen conflict minerals regulation
Author: AEFJN, Amnesty Intl., BNNR, Brot fur die Welt, Christain Aid, CIDSE, CNCD, CORE, EurAc, Global Witness, Jesuit European Social Centre, Justice et Paix, PowerShift, SOMO, Published on: 10 July 2014
"Joint Civil Society Briefing Ensuring robust EU legislation on responsible mineral sourcing", July 2014
Recommendations to strengthen the European Commission’s proposal for a ‘regulation setting up a Union system for supply chain due diligence self-certification of responsible importers of tin, tantalum and tungsten, their ores, and gold originating in conflict affected and high-risk areas...The new European Parliament has a critical opportunity to strengthen legislation proposed by the European Commission that aims to create responsible mineral supply chains for Europe. In its current form the Commission’s proposal, a voluntary scheme open to a limited number of companies, is weak and unfit for purpose. We are calling on MEPs to amend the draft legislation so that it legally requires companies to check their supply chains and identify and mitigate risk – a process known as due diligence – in line with existing international standards. Companies should also be required to report publicly on their efforts.