John Ruggie submits letter to European Commission on conflict minerals reporting

On March 5, 2014, European Commissioners will be discussing an EU legislative proposal on conflict minerals due diligence. Shift’s Chair, John Ruggie, submitted a letter to European Commission President José Manuel Barroso today, expressing concern that the proposal before the Commission may view reporting on such due diligence as merely optional. A move to make reporting entirely optional risks leaving the most responsible companies exposed while those least attentive to their human rights responsibilities continue their current practices undeterred.  The letter can be downloaded on this page.