Our work demands responsibility. A coalition of manufacturers, suppliers, retailers, and service providers, AIAG values an open, active forum for identifying emerging threats to the sustainable growth of the automotive industry.
Among those threats is the use of conflict minerals - so called, as the mining of tin, tantalum, tungsten, and gold in the metal-rich Democratic Republic of Congo has helped fund violent militia groups. Accordingly, in 2012, the Dodd-Frank Act was signed into law requiring publicly-traded companies to disclose their sources. While the ruling does not explicitly prohibit the use of these minerals, the resultant market changes have since stymied warlords' access to soldiers and weapons.
But there's more to do.
To be sure, the challenge of guiding 14 of the world's largest automakers and 1.2 million of their sub-tier suppliers along the path of corporate citizenship is daunting. So our Conflict Minerals Work Group developed an easy solution.
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