The following Letter Type C, or variations thereof, was submitted by individuals or entities.
Letter Type C:
SEC Action Chairman Michael S. Piwowar
Dear SEC Action Chairman Piwowar,
As a supporter of the Wildlife Conservation Society, I am writing to
express my support for the SEC's 2012 conflict minerals rule.
Unregulated mining in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and
surrounding region poses a substantial threat to great apes and other
species of endangered wildlife, as illegal mining operations inside and
around the country's national parks have destroyed critical habitat and
caused the killing of endangered wildlife like the Grauer's gorilla --
the biggest great ape on the planet -- and many other animals to feed
miners. Great apes are also vulnerable to diseases that result from
being in close proximity to workers living in unsanitary conditions. A
recent study supported by the U.S. government showed that the Grauer's
gorilla population in DRC has declined by 80%, and this gorilla was
recently listed as critically endangered on the IUCN Red List due to
this substantial decline.
The situation has improved since the conflict minerals rule was
approved, promoting the rule of law, increasing stability in the
region, and reducing pressure on endangered wildlife. It supports the
Congolese people in their efforts towards good governance, improves
transparency in supply chain around conflict minerals, and provides
consumers with information to help them make informed purchases. As of
April 2016, there are now 204 mines free from guns and armed militias
because of this rule, giving American companies and consumers growing
confidence that their purchases are not contributing to death and
destruction in DRC. I urge you to continue to implement the rule and to
reject efforts to weaken it.