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Time to tackle the EU trade in conflict minerals


Wednesday 20 May: Campaign win! The European Parliament voted in favour of a historic new law to tackle the trade in conflict minerals.* Thanks to nearly 300,000 of your actions, MEPs chose to endorse legislation that could really start to improve the lives of people suffering as a result of this devastating trade.

We will now be focusing our efforts on ensuring the European Council follow this example and back the proposal to become law. Please get in touch at if you would like to know more.

*Click here to read the response from our partners Amnesty International and Global Witness:

Right now, we have an important opportunity to tackle the deadly trade in conflict minerals which are often sourced in extreme conditions of exploitation, violence and modern slavery.1

The European Commission has put forward a proposal to encourage companies to check their supply chains to ensure that the minerals they buy from conflict-affected and high-risk areas are sourced responsibly and don’t fund violence or suffering.

This is a landmark opportunity for progress, but the current proposal doesn’t go nearly far enough. The voluntary scheme on the table is unlikely to have any impact on the way European companies source their minerals. It is also unlikely to meaningfully tackle the trade in conflict minerals.

That’s where you come in. The European Parliament is due to vote on this proposal soon and our representatives in Brussels will have a landmark opportunity to vote for a law that ensures EU companies source minerals responsibly. But they’ll only act if we let them know how important this issue is to us.

If you’ve ever had a moment’s doubt about the story behind your phone or laptop, and the people that helped to mine the parts to make them, now is the time to add your name.2

Call on the European Parliament3 to show leadership in the fight to end the unacceptable abuses fuelled by conflict minerals.


  2. Want to find out more? Check out our video which goes into more detail about the slavery in our electronics:
  3. This petition is for the attention of European Parliament group leaders: Manfred Weber (European People’s Party), Gianni Pittella (Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats), Syed Kamall (European Conservatives and Reformists), Guy Verhofstadt (Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe), Gabriele Zimmer (European United Left–Nordic Green Left), Rebecca Harms and Philippe Lamberts (The Greens–European Free Alliance), and Nigel Farage and David Borrelli (Europe of Freedom and Direct Democracy)

Can you take a moment to call on your government to adopt the new international law to end forced labour?