Approved by the: Student Senate - December 5, 2013
Administration - no action required*
Board of Regents - no action required

* University of Minnesota Purchasing Services will be surveying electronic suppliers to ascertain how thoroughly they trace and audit their supply chains to determine country of origin. We will also put a question in future RFP's that addresses this issue. After receipt of the information the University will determine the plan moving forward.s

Resolution on Conflict Minerals: Buying and Selling of Conflict-Free Electronics

Whereas, University of Minnesota has declared its commitment to human rights and social justice in its governance documents and policies and has taken affirmative steps throughout its history to promote these values; and

Whereas, the United States Senate and the House of Representatives have found that armed groups bear responsibility for massive atrocities in the eastern Congo; and

Whereas, legislation signed into law (Section 1502 of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform Act of 2010) requires that companies submit an annual report to the Securities and Exchange Commission disclosing whether their products contain gold, tin, tantalum, or tungsten from the Congo or nearby areas; and

Whereas, the International Rescue Committee has found approximately 6 million civilians have been killed and countless more remain at risk as a consequence of attacks conducted by armed groups in eastern Congo; and

Whereas, the U.N. has urged the international community to weaken the aforementioned armed groups, and to cooperate with a U.N. peacekeeping force authorized under U.N. Security Council Resolution 1291; and

Whereas, the armed groups generate hundreds of millions of dollars each year by trading in conflict minerals; and

Whereas, University of Minnesota spent $49,355,671 in 2012 on electronic products and have significant investments in companies which use conflict minerals from Democratic Republic of Congo in their supply chains;

The Student Senate believes that the University of Minnesota should not indirectly perpetuate the cycle of violence in eastern Congo through University purchases.

1. Decided that the University of Minnesota supports electronic companies and other industries implementing the necessary steps to thoroughly trace and audit their supply chains to ensure that their products are not financing atrocities in eastern Congo;

2. Decided that the University of Minnesota supports purchases from electronics companies that are moving towards conflict-free sources of raw materials when feasibly possible.

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