May 1 Conflict Minerals &Corporate Responsibility

Center for Science, Technology, and Environmental Policy at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs Presents Conflict Minerals and Corporate Responsibility

6:30 PM May 1, 2018

Humphrey Forum, Humphrey School of Public Affairs, University of Minnesota

About this event
Conflict minerals, rare earth elements such as gold, tungsten, and tantalum, have become extremely valuable because of their use in consumer electronics. Mining large deposits of these materials has instigated &/or perpetuated conflict as they are sold to fund militias and other armed groups. It can be difficult to trace these minerals back to their source, which means we all likely carry these conflict minerals with us in the phones in our pockets, or the computers in our bags.

Congress passed the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act in 2010, requiring corporations that use conflict-prone minerals to track where their raw minerals come from. Private groups like the Enough Project have developed corporate reporting systems to help consumers choose electronics from companies that source conflict-free materials.

This event will feature a keynote talk, followed by a panel discussion and Q&A. The even is co-sponsored by World Without Genocide, the Human Rights Center, and Mwendo Congo.

Keynote Speaker: Hamlin Metzger
Director of Corporate Responsibility, Best Buy; Board of Directors, National Responsible Business Alliance; Chair, Responsible Minerals Initiative

Dr. Ellen Kennedy: Executive Director, World WIthout Genocide; Adjunct Professor, Hamline Mitchell School of Law
Dr. Jennifer Green: Associate Clinical Professor, UMN Law School Human Rights Center
Pastor Kubisa Muzenende: Founder, Let Africa Live, Democratic Republic of Congo

This is an exciting opportunity to learn more about conflict minerals and to hear from a diverse set of experts on what corporations can, and are, doing to address the issue. We hope you can come and bring a friend! RSVP HERE
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