On May 20th 2015, The European Parliament voted in favour of a regulation to prevent the trade in conflict minerals by European companies that use specified raw materials with wide industrial utilization. CARDET sent out a Press Release about the EU Parliament voting, which has been published in Fileleftheros Newspaper on 29 May 2015 and in Politis Newspaper on 31 May 2015.
A leaflet providing information about the 'Stop Mad Mining' Campaign has been published. The leaflet describes our goal to promote sustainable and just production and consumption of raw materials by raising awareness and advocacy work. It also summarizes our core demands and the key activities which will take place as part of the Project.
Download the English project leaflet here
EU Parliament votes for strengthening of regulation for importers of raw materials from areas of active conflict
On May 20th 2015, the European Parliament voted in favour of a regulation to prevent the trade in conflict minerals by European companies that use specified raw materials with wide industrial utilization. The materials identified as conflict minerals are defined in the legislation to be fold, tin, tantalum and tungsten. The extraction and trade of these commodities in countries such as the Democratic Republic of Congo or Colombia has preserved and often financed illegal armed ....
In the USA companies are held responsible for the supply chains, insofar they purchase the recognized four conflict minerals that fuel the conflicts in the Democratic Republic of Congo . For the first time in 2014 they submitted their reports tracking the sources of their materials. Rules like the above signal the beginning of an international framework that should lead to a new era of more comprehensive Corporate Social Responsibility.