To ensure that the European Parliament show stronger leadership in the fight to end the unacceptable abuses fueled by conflict minerals by calling for European companies to be required to check their supply chains to help end the trade in conflict minerals, rather than the adoption of a voluntary scheme.
In 2015, in partnership with Amnesty International and Global Witness, we had an important opportunity to tackle the deadly trade in conflict minerals that are often obtained in extreme conditions of exploitation, violence and modern slavery. The European Commission had put forward a proposal to encourage companies to check their supply chains to ensure that the minerals they buy from conflict-affected and high-risk areas are attained responsibly without funding violence or suffering. However, their existing proposal didn’t go far enough and would likely have little impact. Therefore, it was necessary to petition the European Parliament to add the needed language and show leadership in the fight to end these unacceptable abuses.
On 20 May 2015, the European Parliament voted in favor of a historic new law to tackle the trade in conflict minerals. Thanks to nearly 300,000 advocates’ actions, Members of European Parliament (MEP) called for legislation that would require European companies that source these metals to do so responsibly. This will really start to improve the lives of people suffering as a result of this devastating trade issue.