Dear Sir / Madam,
Thank you first for taking the time to read this appeal.
The DRC continues to be an area of deadly conflict even by the escalating standards of modern society, and it is vital that we do not have any part in prolonging or exacerbating it, whether in the ethical or political forums.
In order to ensure that our consumers are not ignorantly facilitating continuing violence and deprivation, as well as slavery, one of the greatest crimes humanity has ever committed against itself, it is essential that the supply chains of tin, tungsten, tantalum and gold have increased transparency.
The recent passage of the Conflict Minerals Act is an important first step in this direction, as US consumers will be given the choice to support companies that take steps to ensure their products are free from blood shed in this conflict.
There are many abuses against humanity which have been documented in the DRC, including forced labor, debt bondage, and hazardous child labor. Other forms of slavery like the use of child soldiers and the prostitution of children also exist in mining areas.
The new law requires companies to disclose "due diligence on the source" of conflict minerals originating in the DRC. 15 U.S.C. 78m (p)(1)(A)(i). Due diligence on the source of these minerals must be defined to include a description of efforts to monitor the source of the supply chain for forms of modern slavery and other extreme violations of human rights.
Finally, I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for this development, and for your future diligence in its implementation!