Investigate: Action/Research on State Violence

Knowing what you own is the first step to aligning your investments with your values. You may be invested in state violence through companies involved in mass incarceration, immigrant detention and surveillance, military occupation, or the border industry.

Our database includes original research and lists over 150 company and industry profiles. Learn how companies profit from and support state violence. Then use this knowledge to create change.


Company Spotlight
Elbit Systems (NASDAQ: ESLT)

Involved in:     Occupations     Borders

  • Makes killer and surveillance drones, large weapon systems, and ammunition, including internationally banned weapons.
  • Designs equipment for monitoring walls in the West Bank, Gaza Strip, and the U.S.-Mexico border.
Mutual Fund Spotlight
TIAA-CREF Social Choice Equity Fund

This fund, self-designated "socially responsible," has $44M invested in four companies we recommend for divestment: Caterpillar, Hewlett Packard Enterprise, Motorola Solutions, Providence Service, United Technologies. Overall, this fund is invested in:

  • The Prisons Industry - $137M | 8 companies
  • Illegal Occupations - $278M | 17 companies
  • Border Militarization - $180M | 9 companies
What is Divestment?

When companies withdraw their investment in harmful institutions of state violence - such as Apartheid, prisons, militarized policing, and war - they also withdraw their political and financial support of these institutions and help create new behavior standards which respect human life, human rights, peace, and sustainability.

On November 19, 2018 Airbnb announced it would stop listing properties in West Bank Israeli settlements. Responsible investors should study the ways in which the company has navigated its exposure to these severe reputational and legal risks and encourage other companies to follow suit.

December 12, 2018

Since 2014, the Israeli military has been aerially spraying vegetation-killing herbicides in Gaza in order to clear out the area along the Gaza border. A freedom of information application, filed by Israeli human rights organization Gisha, revealed the chemicals used and the companies involved.

September 06, 2018
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About Investigate

Investigate is a research and information center that offers investment screens, company profiles, and industry analyses for institutional and private investors, activists, and advocacy groups. Our research focuses on companies involved in state violence and human rights violations around the world, through incarceration and immigrant detention, military occupation, and the border industries.

Investigate is a project of the American Friends Service Committee Economic Activism Program.