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In Joint Statement, NGOs Urge London Metal Exchange to Adopt Thorough Due Diligence Standards

On December 5, 2018, the Enough Project and 12 other international NGOs submitted the below letter to the London Metal Exchange (LME), urging it to adopt thorough due diligence standards into its recent Responsible Sourcing proposal ...
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“CONGO STORIES” As Historic Elections Loom in DR Congo, New Book Details Unparalleled History of International Exploitation, Greed, and Heroism

Out today, the new book "CONGO STORIES: Battling Five Centuries of Exploitation and Greed," coauthored by Enough Project Founding Director John Prendergast and Congolese activist Fidel Bafilemba, featuring photographs by Ryan Gosling, arrives at a critical moment. The Democratic Republic of Congo, which has suffered the deadliest war since World War II, faces a crucial month with hotly contested elections scheduled two days before Christmas. The authors are donating 100 percent of their proceeds to create a Congo Stories Upstander Fund, which will provide support to many of the Congolese heroes profiled in the book in their efforts to create ...
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Enough Project Lauds Passage of Strong, Bipartisan DR Congo Bill in U.S. House of Representatives

New legislation includes sanctions requirement targeting senior political leaders, works to counter corruption and human rights abuses, and support credible, transparent elections, free press, and peace in the Democratic Republic of Congo Washington DC (November 27, 2018) -- The Enough Project applauds today's passage of the "Democratic Republic of the Congo Democracy and Accountability Act of 2018" (H.R. 6207) in the U.S. House of Representatives. The Act, drafted and passed in a bipartisan effort, aims to counter corruption and human rights abuses, and to support free and fair elections, unfettered rights to free press, speech, and assembly in the Democratic Republic ...
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Watch Now: Conflict-Free Gold from Congo Now Available in US Jewelry Stores

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Watch Now: Conflict-Free Gold from Congo Now Available in US Jewelry Stores
Consumers can play a role to help end the conflict gold trade and promote a responsible gold trade.  ...
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Experts Applaud Appointment of Pham as U.S. Envoy to Africa’s Great Lakes Region

Today, the U.S. Department of State announced the appointment of Dr. J. Peter Pham as the U.S. Special Envoy to the Great Lakes Region of Africa ...
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New Report – Powering Down Corruption: Tackling Transparency and Human Rights Risks from Congo’s Cobalt Mines to Global Supply Chains

New Report - Powering Down Corruption: Tackling Transparency and Human Rights Risks from Congo's Cobalt Mines to Global Supply Chains
Today, the Enough Project released a report documenting the links between cobalt mining, corruption, and human rights abuses in D.R. Congo ...
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“Powering Down Corruption”: New Report Highlights High-Level Corruption and Human Rights Abuses in Cobalt Supply Chain, as Global Demand Surges

Enough Project report focuses on opportunity for auto, electronics companies to address transparency issues while making electric vehicles, green products ...
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Powering Down Corruption: Tackling Transparency and Human Rights Risks from Congo’s Cobalt Mines to Global Supply Chains

Powering Down Corruption: Tackling Transparency and Human Rights Risks from Congo’s Cobalt Mines to Global Supply Chains
 Download the brief. Cobalt has rapidly emerged as one of the world’s most in-demand minerals, given it is an essential component in the lithium-ion batteries that power booming industries with products such as electric vehicles, cell phones, and laptops. While Congo is home to a wealth of natural resource reserves, its command over the global supply of cobalt is unparalleled: an estimated 58 percent of global cobalt production originated in Congo in 2017. But a wide spectrum of corruption in the cobalt trade combined with abuses at and around cobalt mine sites and links to state-sanctioned violence and grand corruption ...
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Powering Down Corruption: Tackling Transparency and Human Rights Risks from Congo’s Cobalt Mines to Global Supply Chains

D.R. Congo, Reports
Powering Down Corruption: Tackling Transparency and Human Rights Risks from Congo's Cobalt Mines to Global Supply Chains
 Download the full report.  Résumé analytique et recommandations By Annie Callaway Executive Summary The copper and cobalt industry in the Democratic Republic of Congo (Congo) has become “a cash cow for those in power in Kinshasa and their acolytes here in the [Lualaba] province,” a miner at a cooperative in Kolwezi city told the Enough Project in February, 2018.  “It’s millions and millions of dollars that they have been reaping to fill their pockets for years.”[i] A Congolese representative from a nongovernmental organization focused on natural resource transparency further warned: “The increase in international demand for cobalt is likely to ...
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The Golden Laundromat: Conflict Gold May Be Entering US Through Gold Trading Network – New Investigation

New investigative report by The Sentry raises serious concerns that gold mined from conflict areas in the Democratic Republic of Congo may wind up in the supply chains of 283 U.S. publicly listed companies, including Amazon, Sony, and General Electric, through a global gold trading corporate network controlled by Belgian tycoon Alain Goetz ...
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