March 7, 2017
Dear Commissioner Piwowar:
I am writing to express my support for the continued implementation of the Conflict Minerals Rule. As a member of United Methodist Women and a consumer, it is important to me that I am able to access key information about the companies where I shop, including information about their conflict minerals sourcing practices.
The civil war in the DRC impacts mostly women, whose husbands are killed before their eyes, and children who are whisked away to join military operations, or to provide sexual relief.
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.