Updates

8 October 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.

After becoming a franchisee of Europcar, Europe’s leading car rental company, Israeli company Albar terminated its businesses in the occupied West Bank. Europcar thus joins other multinationals that have ended operations  in illegal Israeli settlements in the occupied Palestinian territory in recent years.

The following is a list of socially responsible mutual funds that have not reported holdings in any of the companies on our divestment list. This does not mean that these funds are actively screening for prison or occupation-related human rights violations. If you have investments and these issues are important to you, contact your money manager to let them know about your concerns and to urge them to adopt a socially responsible investment (SRI) policy that includes a human rights screen.
On December 30, 2016, the AFSC Economic Activism Program submitted its recommendations toward the implementation of United Nations Human Rights Council Resolution 31/36 of March 2016, which called on the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights to produce a database of businesses that, directly or indirectly, enable, facilitate or profit from the construction and growth of the illegal Israeli settlements in the occupied territories. This was in response to the 2013 Report by the U.N. independent international fact-finding mission to investigate the implications of the Israeli settlements on the civil, political, economic, social and cultural rights of the Palestinian people.
As part of our support for the creation of ethical investment criteria, we have sent this letter to Isaiah 58, the advocacy group within the Ecumenical Lutheran Church of America, in support of their efforts to have the Church endorse a human rights screen that takes into account corporate behaviour in Israel/ Palestine. In the letter we explain the Investigate methodology and respond to some of the common questions: what is divestment? how is it different from screening? what about Palestinian companies?
This webinar presents our new research mapping the U.S. prison industry and shows how to use the Investigate tool to measure your "Prison Footprint." It also offers targets for consumer boycott campaigns and discusses criteria for prison divestment.
The United States prison industry is massive. As of 2016, there were an estimated 2.3 million people behind bars and 5 million people on probation or parole. The number of incarcerated people has increased by 700% since 1970. The estimated cost of the prison industry is $182 billion each year, with the cost of incarceration alone nearly $74 billion. In hopes of claiming a piece of the $182 billion, hundreds of companies have signed contracts with the U.S. government to privatize nearly every aspect of the prison industry, from facility management to phone calls.
In this webinar with AFSC Economic Activism Program Director Dalit Baum, we walk users through the basic instructions for using "Investigate," including how to navigate the tool site, how to upload documents to be scanned, and how to interpret the scanner's results, followed by a Question and Answer period to address frequently asked questions about the tool.
A memo by the AFSC addressed to the General Synod of the United Church of Christ in June 2015, prior to the meeting, describes updates about corporate complicity in human rights violations as part of the Israeli occupation, and encourages the church to join in boycott and divestment from these companies.
In the coming months, shareholders of three U.S.-based companies will be asked to vote on the Holy Land Principles, a new set of principles focusing on corporate labor policies in Palestine/ Israel. As corporate complicity in human rights abuses in Palestine/ Israel becomes the focus of growing public concern, a new voluntary code for U.S. corporations doing business in that conflict zone is a necessary development.

U.S. Corporations Complicit in Operation Protective Edge

The following is a list of corporations complicit in the 2014 attack on Gaza called Operation Protective Edge.  If you are interested in organizing economic activism campaigns in response to the attacks, these are companies to target.http://afsc.org/resource/us-corporations-complicit-current-attacks-gaza

 

European regulations isolate the Israeli settlement economy: Europe makes corporate activity in the Israeli settlements, including sourcing from them or providing them with basic services, increasingly into a legal risk, a reputational risk and an investment risk.