Recently, Care2 partnered with the Enough Project to demand that the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission keep conflict minerals regulations strong. Thanks to the energy and compassion of Care2 members, Enough Project hand-delivered 25,000 petition signatures and thousands of personal comments to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.
The closed petition can be seen here.
What comes next.
The deadline for public comments, set by the SEC, has passed, and Care2 members made sure that there were plenty of them.
The State Department will also submit their recommendations to the SEC and their recommendations carry a lot of weight.
The State Department is currently making decisions about how strong to keep their recommendations and whether or not they will comply with corporate requests for a delay in implementation. A delay in implementation would signal that the United States is not serious about regulating the conflict minerals trade and will allow the violence that surrounds it to continue. It would also mean that consumers still cannot be confident in the assurance of clean supply chains.
Its time for the U.S. to take responsibility and end the violence in the Congo. We hope that the State Department does the right thing.
Please check back for updates on this important issue.
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