Subject: File No. DF Title XV - Specialized Disclosures
From: Lauren Hauptman

Dear Sir or Madam,

The recent passage of the Conflict Minerals Act is an important first step in ensuring that U.S. consumers won't take part in fueling the awful conflict in Congo.

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.


Lauren Hauptman