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Conflict Minerals 101: What They Are And How You Can Help

06/20/2010 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Currently, there is no mandatory law or framework for companies purchasing minerals from central Africa. Two bills currently in Congress--one in the House and one in the Senate--would create a system to audit and regulate international trade and help companies to stop buying conflict minerals. As David Sullivan of the ENOUGH Project pointed out to me, the first UN report on the connections between conflict and natural resource exploitation came out ten years ago, so we've known about this for a decade and there's been no serious action. It's time!

So, here are some things you can do to help stop conflict minerals:

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