Subject: File No.
From: Andrea R Vespoint
Affiliation: Elementary School Teacher

March 6, 2017

Dear Commissioner Piwowar,

I am writing to express my support for the continued implementation of the Conflict Minerals Rule. As a consumer, it is important to me that I am able to access key information about the companies I purchase from, including information about their conflict minerals sourcing practices.

As a teacher in a school where our Third Grade students have smart phones and preschoolers have iPads, we know the demand is there. However, we must be responsible for where the supply comes from. I want to teach my children that for every action they take, there is a reaction that can hurt somebody. Our short-term gratification cannot outweigh our responsibility toward others.

I do not want my purchases to support violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo, and the Conflict Minerals Rule has made it easier for me to assess which companies are taking steps to ensure their products are not linked to this decades-long conflict. Additionally, I believe transparent supply chains are an important indicator of a companys overall stability, which is a key factor for making both purchasing and investment decisions.

I urge you to keep the Conflict Minerals Rule fully intact, and to work with your fellow SEC commissioners to enforce the Rule moving forward.

Thank you,