The Guardian and other news outlets have reported that a draft executive order has been prepared that proposes a two-year suspension of a Dodd-Frank rule requiring companies to disclose whether their products contain “conflict minerals.”
The law was meant to help stem the violence and conflicts that can erupt in countries that trade in these minerals, which are found in products such as cell phones and iPads.
Many companies have opposed the law while human rights groups say it’s working. Sasha Lezhnev, associate director of policy at the Enough Project, an advocacy organization, has documented the impact of the rule. He joins us to discuss his findings.