By Priya Ramesh, Policy Director, and Kristen Pue, Advocacy Director Should it ascend to law, the Conflict Minerals Act would affect several groups in the following ways. The Democratic Republic of Congo: Often, minerals in the DRC are extracted by local citizens in illegal mines controlled and taxed by armed groups. Minerals that are mined,… Read More

MP Paul Dewar’s Conflict Minerals Act would require Canadian companies that utilize specific minerals (gold, cassiterite, wolframite, coltan, or any of their derivatives, such as tin, tungsten, and tantalum) originating in the Great Lakes Region of Africa (which includes the Democratic Republic of Congo and its neighbours) to exercise internationally recognized due diligence standards to… Read More

Although Paul Dewar’s Conflict Minerals Act is important for helping turn off conflict in the Democratic Republic of Congo, there are good commercial reasons for the bill too. According to the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), which developed due diligence guidelines for conflict minerals, benefits include: Knowing and showing that the company is… Read More

STAND Canada is proud to support the Conflict Minerals Act, also known as Bill C-486. The bill, introduced March 26th, 2013, would require Canadian companies to exercise internationally recognized due diligence standards to keep mined minerals from fueling conflict and funding groups engaged in human rights abuses. The Conflict Minerals Act is is set to… Read More

Yesterday marked a huge step forward for Canada, as MP Paul Dewar of the NDP tabled a federal bill on conflict minerals, asking companies for transparency and accountability when sourcing minerals from the Great Lakes Region & Congo! The Conflict Minerals Act (Bill C-486) was introduced to the Canadian House of Commons at a press release yesterday. The bill seeks… Read More