Petition at: http://londonminingnetwork.org/conflict-minerals-petition/
The EU has a landmark opportunity to ensure that companies bringing
minerals into Europe check their supply chains, to make sure that the
minerals they buy from fragile and conflict areas don’t fund violence.
Sign the petition to make sure there is strong and binding regulation!
In a huge step forward, members of the European Parliament voted on 20
May for a strong and binding law that would require companies bringing
gold, tantalum, tin and tungsten (3TG) into the EU — in any form — to
source them responsibly. The legislation covers conflict-affected and
high-risk areas worldwide, so could apply to countries such as the DRC,
Colombia, Myanmar or the Philippines.
Right now, the EU’s Member States are considering the European
Parliament’s proposed law. They will soon agree a common position,
before entering into negotiations on the final text.
Member States must match the Parliament’s commitment to responsible
sourcing, by supporting binding requirements that could have a real and
positive impact on the trade in minerals, and on the violence and harm
associated with mining in some of the world’s poorest areas.
This is obviously not the only channel to win this particular fight, but
it is an important one, so the bigger we can make this, the better. The
EU Heads of State are still making up their minds on their position, but
they are being swayed by arguments for stronger regulation; let’s push
them to do the right thing.
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