Helping to shape conflict minerals regulation
The EPSRC project Manufacture of Safe and Sustainable Volatile Element Functional Materials: MASSIVE (EP/L017695/1; http://www.surrey.ac.uk/mes/massive/) is seeking input from the materials community to gauge impact and opinion of potential UK and EU regulations relating to the use of the conflict minerals.
Conflict minerals are minerals for which a significant share of resources are located in conflict-affected and high-risk areas, where they may contribute, directly or indirectly, to armed conflict, including terrorist financing, human rights violations and hinder economic and social development. These specifically include tin, tungsten, tantalum, and gold, although associated minerals and elements may also be obtained alongside these.
The US have already legislated the use of these elements through the Dodd Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (2010) and its provision – Section 1502 – requiring companies to disclose whether their products contain conflict minerals by carrying out supply chain due diligence. The UK and EU governments are currently considering similar measures and the MASSIVE project as a remit to help inform government policy in this area. To facilitate this process the project team would like to solicit your views through this short online survey: