If America really wants to help Africa grow with trade and investment, it needs to ditch a number of stereotypes it still holds. Enough's founding director, John Prendergast talks ways to counter negative stereotypes about Africa.
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This week, the US Africa Leaders Summit in Washington marks an unprecedented opportunity for political and business leaders to discuss new investment opportunities in Africa. Major summit events include the US-Africa Business Forum, co-hosted by Bloomberg Philanthropies and moderated by Bill Clinton, as well as numerous meetings focused on trade and economics. As leaders from the US and throughout Africa discuss an emerging frontier for investors, Enough presents its newest report, Doing Good while Doing Well: Is there a Win-Win Formula for Investing Responsibly in Congo’s Minerals Sector? Political and business actors taking advantage of new investment opportunities and partnerships should also use innovative corporate social responsibility approaches, highlighted in Enough’s new report. Read More »
On July 11, 2014, Senators Robert Menendez (D-NJ), Bob Corker (R-TN), and Christopher Coons (D-DE), wrote a letter to President Obama expressing deep concern over the escalating violence in Sudan. The Senators urged the Obama Administration to elevate its current efforts toward addressing the violence in Darfur, South Kordofan, and Blue Nile, as well as to strengthen the existing mandate to “ensure the protection of civilians, improve humanitarian access, and seek sustainable political resolutions.” Read More »
Unlike in the electronics industry, where tech giants Intel and HP have established themselves as industry leaders in the effort to source 3TG responsibly, the automotive industry has largely lacked a conflict-free champion. Lately, however, Ford has taken steps to distinguish itself as a potential catalyst for industry-wide change. Though much more work must be done to bring the conflict-free initiative to the automotive industry, Ford’s Sustainability Report 2013/2014 is a step in the right direction. Read More »
Pundits and policymakers alike increasingly push the narrative that America’s influence is waning and that it lacks the leadership to get anything done internationally. Despite the rhetoric plastered across editorial columns, a quiet, but ruthlessly effective effort is targeting and punishing international criminal actors and regimes on America’s newest front lines: the international financial system. Akshaya Kumar and Ken Sofer explain why Congress should give the Department of Treasury's Office of Foreign Assets Control the resources necessary for an expanded mission. Read More »
Seventy-eight international human rights groups, including the Enough Project and Humanity United, joined together today to call for a fresh approach to U.S. policy on the war-torn countries of Sudan and South Sudan.Read More »
Sudan may be the world’s most murderous conflict. But the suffering of its people has been obscured, redacted, made silent. It is almost unfathomable that things could get worse, yet today the scale of violence is rising to unprecedented levels. The situation may sound hopeless - but that is not the case, as George Clooney and John Prendergast explain. Read More »
Calvin Christian High School student and guest blogger, Lydia Marcus, recounts the feeling of power she gained to personally make a difference in the world following a recent class trip to Washington, D.C. Read More »
Enough Project on Historic Dodd-Frank Conflict Mineral Disclosures to SEC
US Companies Reveal Today If Products Fund Atrocities
Today is the deadline for companies to disclose any conflict minerals in their product supply chains to the Securities and Exchange Commission in compliance with Section 1502 of the 2010 Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act.
“It’s an historic day in the fight against corporate abuses in supply chains,” said Sasha Lezhnev. “For the first time ever, electronics and other companies are disclosing whether or not rape and mass killing are part of their supply chains. But the conflict in Congo is not over, and we still need to see more action from jewelers and the U.S. government to fight against conflict gold.”
“For years, electronics, jewelry, and other companies turned a blind eye to what was inside their supply chains. With today’s filings to the SEC, they can no longer do that,” said Enough Project co-founder John Prendergast. “From now on, consumers can look under the hood and judge for themselves whether the maker of their smart phone or necklace is getting rid of blood minerals from Congo and make an informed choice when they go shopping.”
“The Dodd-Frank law on conflict minerals has already had a major impact on deadly armed groups in eastern Congo, helping demilitarize 67% of mines for 3 out of 4 conflict minerals and take away lucrative revenue sources from warlords such as ‘The Terminator’ and ‘Cobra’, added Lezhnev. “Today’s disclosures by electronics and other companies help move that process forward. Electronics and jewelry companies now need to move forward and make fully conflict-free products that include certified minerals from Congo.”
As a part of the U.S. Government's Dodd-Frank Act, signed into law in July 2010, Section 1502 requires companies listed on U.S. stock exchanges to trace the sources of their tin, tungsten, tantalum, or gold minerals and disclose whether or not they are sourcing conflict minerals from the Democratic Republic of Congo or neighboring countries. The reporting requirements mandate the auditing and disclosure of mineral supply chains, relating to products that use those minerals, and provides the commercial leverage to catalyze reform.
PREDICTED COSTS TO BUSINESSES WERE OVERSTATED
“As companies file, we are finding that their actual costs of implementing Dodd-Frank are much lower than what lobbyists estimated. For a $1 billion company, the real cost of filing is approximately $150,000, according to industry experts Claigan Environmental, continued Lezhnev.” This is in large part due to the fact that most companies can use the industry-wide systems set up by Intel, Motorola Solutions, and industry leaders, particularly the Conflict-Free Smelter Program.”
The Enough Project introduced a new consumer action to demand that electronics and other companies work to build fully conflict-free products and source clean minerals from Congo. Enough publishes conflict mineral company rankings and has worked with companies like Intel and others to rid their product supply chains of conflict minerals fueling the deadly decades-old conflict in the Congo.
The Enough Project is a project of the Center for American Progress to end genocide and crimes against humanity. Founded in 2007, Enough focuses on the crises in Sudan, South Sudan, eastern Congo, and areas affected by the Lord’s Resistance Army. Enough conducts intensive field research, develops practical policies to address these crises, and shares sensible tools to empower citizens and groups working for change. To learn more: www.enoughproject.org.