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.

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