World Vision Media Relations Manager
Washington, DC (October 26, 2012) — Last Friday’s lawsuit from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the National Association of Manufacturers challenging the Security Exchange Commission’s conflict mineral rule under the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act demonstrates a lack of transparency toward American consumers and puts innocent people living in conflict mineral-rich countries at risk, says World Vision.
"In today’s business environment, companies are expected to be more transparent in their operations, and the conflict mineral rule was adopted to hold companies accountable for assuring consumers that their product purchases are not funding localized violence or political instability which could threaten the United States,” said Robert Zachritz, World Vision’s Senior Director for Advocacy and Government Relations. “If company supply chains are truly free of conflict minerals, they should not have a problem disclosing that to their consumers.”
World Vision is a Christian humanitarian organization that has worked in the Democratic Republic of Congo, where most of the world’s conflict minerals are mined, since 1984, and has served more than 2.5 million people, including internally displaced people (IDPs), poor and vulnerable children, families, and entire communities. In March 2011, the organization, along with other leading humanitarian organizations, urged the SEC to implement the Conflict Minerals Rule, and it was adopted in August of this year.
"It is disappointing that some companies would prefer to spend money on legal fees to fight this humanitarian provision rather than simply abide by the disclosure rules that not only ensure innocent lives are protected from unnecessary violence, but also improves consumer confidence in their products," said Zachritz.
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