The Common Good

Jim Wallis Decries DRC Trafficking and Conflict Minerals Trade

While millions of Americans added smartphones to their Christmas lists, few consumers understood the heavy price others pay to produce our favorite electronics. Sojourners chief Jim Wallis sent this message loud and clear during a December 19 address at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C.. Sponsored by the Brookings Institution and Global Witness, the event was intended to examine anti-conflict mineral provisions in the 2010 Dodd-Frank Act. Wallis provided a lunchtime keynote speech.

Noted for its language about financial reform, Dodd-Frank also quietly set its sights on conflict minerals. As Jim Willis intimated, the most egregious violations of good faith business transactions have occurred in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), in west central Africa. As Africa’s second largest nation, according to the U.S. State Department, the DRC is "about the size of the U.S. east of the Mississippi."