An on-line dialogue has begun at ForeignPolicy.com concerning conflict minerals and the on-the-ground efficacy of Dodd Frank Section 1502. The original article by Lauren Wolfe triggered a sharp response from John Prendergast and the Enough folks.
Further, the South African Institute of International Affairs published an “Occasional Paper” about how human rights are actually addressed within the conflict minerals due diligence concept. And of course, the UN Group of Experts recently had something to say on the subject.
We are frequently asked “Is all this making any difference on the ground?” Our answer reflects all the perspectives in the above writings: it depends on whom you ask.