Natural Resources Advocacy

In the past few years, JESC has been actively engaged in advocacy for EU legislation to prevent the importation of conflict minerals.

In partnership with a range of civil society networks organised by the Ad Hoc European Coalition on Conflict Minerals – Core Group, JESC has assisted in MEP mapping to identify allies and ares of opposition.  JESC has helped develop arguments and counter-arguments in promoting legally-binding regulations to ensure responsible supply chains of minerals.

The advantage of belonging to such a network is that a common position can be sought and civil society can speak with a single voice to the European Institutions.

JESC has also helped communicate the experience and voices of the communities directly affected by the exploitation of minerals, especially in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Through such initiatives, JESC seeks to connect the local realities of life with the implementation of laws in Europe.

JESC’s wider natural resources advocacy involves a close working relationship with a number of other networks, including Justice in MiningJustice and Peace BelgiumEuropean network of NGOs active in Central Africa (EurAc), Réseau Belge Ressources Naturelles (RBRN) and European Coalition for Corporate Justice (ECCJ).

JESC Natural Resources Advocacy Team

Emmanuelle Devuyst
Henry Longbottom SJ