G4S PLC

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The world's largest private security company. Operates prisons in Australia, South Africa, and the UK. Detains and deports immigrants in the US. Divested most of its activities in Israel but still involved in the training of Israeli Police.

G4S plc is a British-Danish dually-traded company with worldwide security service operations. It is the largest private security company in the world, with 546,000 employees in over 90 countries. In 2019, the company’s annual revenue was $9.6 billion.

In March 2021, the company finalized plans to be acquired by Allied Universal, the largest security company in the U.S. Allied Universal is controlled by private equity firm Warburg Pincus, while Canada’s 2nd largest pension fund, Québec’s CDPQ, owns a 41.5% stake. This profile reflects G4S’ business at the time of acquisition.

G4S’ main U.S. subsidiary, G4S Secure Solutions (formerly the Wackenhut Corporation), transports, detains, and deports immigrants for the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). The company also provides security to federal buildings, nuclear facilities, banks, and special events. G4S also provides security systems and other technologies for prisons and private security corporations, such as alarm systems, key holding, and video cameras.

G4S operates private prisons and detention facilities in Australia, South Africa, and the United Kingdom. The company is also a major provider of e-carceration (electronic monitoring) technologies to government agencies outside the U.S.

Until 2017, G4S was deeply involved in several projects of the Israeli occupation of Palestine through its Israeli subsidiary G4S Israel (formerly Hashmira). In 2016, following an international campaign, G4S plc divested G4S Israel, which was renamed G1 Secure Solutions. G4S plc still retains a 25 percent stake in the Israeli National Police Academy.

U.S. Deportations

Through its subsidiary G4S Secure Solutions, G4S has multiple significant and long term contracts with the Department of Homeland Security, specifically Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). Between 2008 and 2019, the company’s contracts with CBP and ICE amounted to $894.8 million, for operations in Florida, California, Arizona, Oklahoma, and Wyoming. G4S was highlighted as one of the fourteen main border security companies in a 2019 report by the Transnational Institute and No Mas Muertes.

Since 2006, G4S has transported detained immigrants for CBP. As part of its contract, the company provides guarded transportation services of detainees from the U.S.-Mexico border to detention facilities throughout the U.S., including temporary detention of immigrants in transport or those awaiting processing and the deportation of immigrants across the U.S.- Mexico border. Transporting detained immigrants may take several days and nights and includes the forceful detention and coerced deportation of vulnerable people, with many opportunities for neglect and abuse. A company’s old promotional brochure is telling: “The Bus No One Wants to Catch – The End of the Road for Illegal Immigrants.”

The company similarly holds detainee transportation contracts with three ICE offices, covering operations in Northern and Central California and in Arizona.  Four women who were transported between facilities in California in 2017 have sued G4S for abusive, inhumane, and unsafe treatment during their transport. What should have been a 5-hour drive took over 24 hours in a windowless van without access to food, water, restrooms, or medication. The women were kept shackled in extremely hot conditions with no air circulation, which caused them to vomit, faint, and suffer other heatstroke symptoms so bad they thought they would die. This is one of many lawsuits against G4S involving inhumane transport of detained people.

Until 2017, G4S was one of the main companies involved in youth detention in the United States. See more details below.

Private Prisons and Immigration Detention around the World

In the United Kingdom, G4S operates four prisons with a total capacity of 5,118 people, as of July 2019: HMP Altcourse, Oakwood, Parc, and Rey Hill. The Parc prison includes a “Young Persons Unit” that holds up to 64 youth ages 15-18. Until 2020, G4S also operated the two immigration jails near Gatwick Airport, the Brook House and Tinsley Immigration Removal Centres. After severe abuses were uncovered at Brook House, G4S left the U.K. immigration detention sector in May 2020, and that contract was awarded to Serco.

Between 2011 and 2018, G4S also operated the Birmingham prison. The initial contract was for fifteen years, but the British government took control of the prison mid-contract after multiple deaths and drug incidents. In addition, between 1998 and 2016, G4S operated the Medway Secure Training Centre, a jail for youth ages 12 to 14. The government assumed management of the jail after G4S was accused of physical and emotional abuse of several teenagers.

In South Africa, G4S owns and operates the second-largest private prison in the world, Mangaung Correctional Centre, a maximum-security facility in Bloemfontein that can hold 3,000 people. The company faces ongoing complaints of systemic torture by the prison guards. In 2013, the South African government took over the prison after a series of prison riots. Subsequent investigations revealed that G4S staff uses electric shocks and forcible antipsychotic drug injections. Despite that, the government returned the prison to G4S management in 2014. In 2015, 43 people incarcerated at Mangaung sued the company for torture after revelations of a cover-up of several prisoner deaths.

In Australia, G4S operates two prisons: Mount Gambier Prison in South Australia and Port Phillip Prison in Victoria. The company also provides security services for the Long Bay Prison and Forensic Hospital in NSW as well as the Parkville and Malmsbury “Youth Justice Centres” in Victoria. Between 2013 and 2014, G4S operated Australia’s offshore immigration jail on Manus Island. That contract was terminated after the death of an asylum seeker and the injury of dozens of others at the hands of a G4S guard. The guard was convicted of murder and the company faced multiple lawsuits in relation to violations that happened during its year of operation.

E-carceration (Electronic Monitoring)

G4S used to claim to be “the world’s largest provider of electronic monitoring services, monitoring the movements of 35,000” people in 20 countries. While no longer one of the largest electronic monitoring companies, and not part of the U.S. e-carceration industry, G4S still provides these services to government agencies in Australia, El Salvador, France, New Zealand, and the United Kingdom. In 2017, the company reported it was providing “electronic monitoring equipment to justice departments in around 20 countries across the world.” G4S stopped reporting on its electronic monitoring business in subsequent annual reports.

Until 2012, G4S was one of the main providers of electronic monitoring to government agencies in the U.S. through its subsidiary G4S Justice Services. The company had contracts with Departments of Corrections or other state agencies of California, Florida, Mississippi, Nevada, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Virginia, and Washington; the Sheriff’s Departments or other county agencies of Alameda California, Crescent City California, El Dorado California, Hanover Virginia, Harris Texas, Linn Oregon, Miami Dade Florida, San Francisco California, Santa Fe New Mexico, Sheridan Wyoming, Solano California, Todd Kentucky, Ventura California, and Wyandotte Kansas; the Police Departments of Kansas City and Joplin, Missouri, and the 12th  District Court of Missouri; and many others. In 2012, G4S sold G4S Justice Services to Sentinel Offender Services, a U.S.-based e-carceration and “community corrections” company.

G4S’ largest electronic monitoring contracts have been in the U.K., accounting for more than a third of its global monitored population in 2009. In 2013, the company was found to be defrauding the U.K. government, charging it for monitoring dead people, people who were in prison, or people who had left the U.K. In 2014, the company repaid the government more than $181 million. Despite that, the U.K. Ministry of Justice awarded G4S another electronic monitoring contract in 2017. As of 2019, the company’s misconduct was still under investigation by the U.K. Serious Fraud Office.

Training the Israeli Police

G4S is involved in the operations of the Israeli National Police Academy, which consolidated all of Israel's police training facilities and trains all units of the Israeli Police, as well as other security forces and private security companies. The Israeli Police is in charge of enforcing Israel’s military law in the occupied West Bank and providing security for Israel’s illegal West Bank settlements. In addition, the Border Police branch is regularly deployed in the occupied Palestinian territories, where it is under military command.

The National Police Academy is owned and operated by Policity, a consortium of companies that was created for the purpose of this project. Policity is owned by Israeli infrastructure company Shikun & Binui (50 percent), Israeli security company G1 Secure Solutions (25 percent), and G4S (25 percent). Policity formed in 2010 as a joint venture between G4S and Shikun & Binui for the purpose of bidding on the National Police Academy. The facility opened in 2015, with G4S and Shikun & Binui each owning a 50 percent stake. In 2017, after G4S sold its Israeli subsidiary (see below), its stake in Policity was reduced to 25 percent. Policity has the contract to operate the Academy at least until 2035.

Past Involvement in the Israeli Occupation of Palestine

Until 2017, G4S was deeply involved in several projects of the Israeli occupation of Palestine through its Israeli subsidiary, G4S Israel (formerly Hashmira, now G1 Secure Solutions). The company was one of the major providers of security systems and services to all branches of the Israeli government, including military bases as well as facilities and equipment of the Israeli security and finance industries. Its security patrol units, the company boasted, were manned by "warriors who graduated elite combat units in the Israeli army." G4S and 3M together supplied all electronic monitoring systems to prisoners in Israel.

In 2016, following an international campaign, G4S plc announced it would sell G4S Israel to FIMI Opportunity Funds for $110 Million. In 2017, the acquisition was complete and the company in Israel was rebranded as G1 Secure Solutions. The activities described below can not be attributed to the multinational G4S plc.

Separation Wall and Military Checkpoints

G4S Israel has provided equipment for Israeli-run checkpoints and terminals in the West Bank and Gaza, including luggage scanning machines and full body scanners by Rapiscan and L-3's Safeview to the Erez checkpoint in Gaza and to the Qalandia, Bethlehem and Irtah (Sha’ar Efraim) checkpoints in the West Bank. These military checkpoints are part of the Israeli separation barrier which controls the movement of Palestinian civilian residents. This project is strictly illegal under international law according to a 2004 ruling by the International Court of Justice.

Prisons for Palestinian Political Prisoners in Israel

G4S Israel installed and operates the entire security system of the Ketziot Prison, the central control room of the Megiddo Prison and security services to Damon prison. The Ketziot, Megido, and Damon Prisons, located inside Israel, are incarceration facilities designated specifically for Palestinian political prisoners. In addition, G4S Israel provides the entire security systems and the central control room in Hasharon compound - Rimonim prison, which includes a wing for Palestinian political prisoners.

G4S Israel clearly indicates in its website that it operates in prisons which hold "security prisoners", that is Palestinian political prisoners. Ketziot prison is the biggest incarceration facility in Israel with 2,200 Palestinian political prisoners, Megiddo prison holds over 1,200 Palestinian political and Damon prison over 500 Palestinian political prisoners from the occupied West Bank. Some of these prisoners have not been charged and some are administrative detainees, held without charge. As of April 2015, Israel was holding 414 Palestinians in administrative detention, more than double the number held at the same time on the previous year.

The company also provided security systems for the Kishon ("Al-Jalameh") and Jerusalem ("Russian Compound") detention and interrogation facilities. Human rights organizations have collected evidence showing that Palestinian prisoners are regularly subjected to torture in these facilities.

The placement of prisons for Palestinian prisoners inside Israel and the transfer of prisoners to the occupying power’s territory is a war crime according to the Fourth Geneva Convention. The Convention’s Article 76 states: “Protected persons accused of offenses shall be detained in the occupied country, and if convicted they shall serve their sentences therein”. When Palestinian prisoners are moved to prisons in Israel, it becomes almost impossible for them to have family visits or meet with their lawyers. Prisoners with families on the Gaza Strip have not been able to have visits from family members since 2007. Reports show that Palestinian children are also being held in prisons in Israel, which is a violation of Article 37c of the Convention on the Rights of the Child, which states that children have the right to maintain contact with their family through letters and visits, except under special circumstances.

Israeli Military Prison and Court in the Occupied West Bank

The company installed peripheral defense systems on the walls surrounding the Ofer prison and operates a central control room for the entire Ofer military compound. Ofer is an Israeli prison for Palestinian political prisoners, located in the occupied West Bank, near the settlement of Givat Ze'ev. The prison holds about 1,500 Palestinian political prisoners and includes a military court which tries detainees from the West bank on a daily basis. The conviction rate for Palestinians in Israeli military courts is 99.74%
As of June 2015, 93 children were reportedly held in Ofer military prison, The compound also hosts an Israeli military courtroom dedicated to trying Palestinian children. Between 2005-2010, 835 Palestinian minors were accused of stone-throwing in Israeli military courts. Only one was acquitted.

Occupation Policing

G4S Israel is the sole provider of electronic security systems to the Israeli police. It provided equipment to the West Bank Israeli Police headquarters, located in the highly contested E-1 area next to the Ma'ale Adumim settlement (the Judea and Samaria Police headquarters - “Machoz Shai”). This police force is tasked exclusively with servicing the Israeli settler population in the occupied West Bank.

Security Services in Illegal Israeli settlements

G4S Israel offers its security services to businesses in illegal settlements, including security equipment and personnel to shops and supermarkets in the Barkan settlement industrial zone, in the West Bank settlements of Modi’in Illit, Ma’ale Adumim, Har Adar, the settlement neighborhoods of East Jerusalem, and the settlement of Kalia in the Jordan Valley.

G4S Israel also maintains cooperation with Ariel College in the illegal settlement city of Ariel in the occupied West Bank, which has included the company's participation in an open career day in the college.

The company’s own hired human rights expert, international law professor Hjalte Rasmussen, has stated that: “G4S has contracts with a number of major commercial interests, such as banks, supermarkets, and clothing chains, for the delivery of security guards for branches and stores of these customers as per the customers’ wishes. The branches and stores in question are mainly located in Israel, but G4S is also under contractual obligation to provide guards for the branches and stores that are on exception located east of the ’Green Line’, more specifically in East Jerusalem or on the West Bank”.

Outside Investigation and Company Statements

In October 2012, The United Nations Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the occupied Palestinian territories has listed G4S as one of the main companies profiting from Israeli settlements and called on the UN General Assembly and civil society to take action against such businesses. 
In March 2015, the British Government-sponsored National Contact Point (NCP) for the OECD has published its findings of the British firm, stating that G4S is currently violating three human rights obligations under the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises, arising from its involvement in Israel’s human rights violations against Palestinians. It has found significant failures by G4S in its overarching obligations to ‘respect human rights’; as well as the obligation to ‘prevent or mitigate adverse human rights impacts that are directly linked to its business operations’ in the region.

In April 2013, following public pressure, the company has stated it would not renew some of its contracts in the occupied West Bank as they come for renewal in 2015, including contracts to supply technologies to Israeli military checkpoints, to the Ofer prison and to the West Bank Israeli police headquarters.
In June 2014, following protests at its annual shareholders meeting, it has committed to stepping out of all Israeli prison contracts as they expire in the next 3 years. As of October 2015, no change in the company operations was registered on the ground.

Past Involvement in Youth Detention

In March 2016, G4S announced that it would sell off off its U.K. Utility Services,  U.K. Children Services, its U.S. Youth Justice Services, and its entire G4S Israel subsidiary within 12-24 months. In June, the company sold its UK children’s homes care business ‘homes2inspire’ to the Prospects Group, for £11.4 million. By December, Utility Services was sold, as well as G4S Israel, and in March 2017, G4S has sold off its U.S. Youth Services department to HSBC Holdings for $56.5 Million.

Prior to 2017, G4S managed 28 youth detention facilities in Tennessee, Texas, and Florida through G4S Youth Services LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary headquartered in Tampa, Florida. The company also managed juvenile detention programs, probation services, residential facilities, mental health and outpatient services, and maximum-risk correctional centers. G4S Youth Services’ made $5.1 million in profit in 2016. In April 2017, G4S sold G4S Youth Services (now TrueCore Behavioral Solutions) to BHSB Holdings, Inc. for $56.5 million. BHSB is a private company that provides youth behavioral health services and is based in Florida. The youth facilities had consistent reports of sexual abuse, use of excessive force, and recurring riots, leading to numerous lawsuits against G4S.

Prior to 2017, G4S operated 18 youth residential houses in the UK through its subsidiary, “Homes2Inspire,” which provided healthcare, support, education, specialist interventions, and therapy, in coordination with local authorities. In 2016, G4S had faced reports of abuse in G4S-operated youth jail facilities, including the physical and mental abuse against juveniles by staff members at one of the G4S-managed youth facilities in the UK.

Labor Rights Violations and Other Controversies

G4S has been implicated in labor rights violations in several of its global sites. Official complaints under OECD guidelines from G4S sites in Malawi, Mozambique, and South Africa, including testimonies of racial segregation and poverty wages, led to a G4S commitment to workers’ rights in 2008. Despite this, in the following years G4S was implicated in labor rights abuses in Uganda, South Korea, and South Africa.

The company offers security services to facilities, for example to platinum mines in South Africa, specifically to counter “Labor Unrest,” including riot control, undercover operations, intelligence gathering, and canine support.

G4S failed to provide security during the 2012 Olympics and later, in 2013, reached a final settlement that compelled G4S to take a £50m loss on the contract.

In 2014, G4S sold its U.S. Government Solutions division, after charges of complicity in human rights violations in the Guantánamo Bay U.S. Naval Base.

Economic Activism Highlights
  • In April 2020, all six United Nations agencies in Jordan canceled their contracts with G4S.
  • In December 2019, the Brown University Advisory Committee on Corporate Responsibility in Investment Practices passed a recommendation that the University divest from companies facilitating human rights abuses in Palestine including G4S.
  • On July 17, 2018, the Metro Nashville City Council voted to pass a resolution to not invest or contribute to any private company going forward. The resolution specifically named CoreCivic, a publicly traded company that operates private prisons in Tennessee and profits from the detention of immigrant detainees, but it also applies to other large private prison companies such as G4S and Geo Group.
  • On May 23, 2018, student government of the California State University- East Bay unanimously endorsed a divestment resolution calling to divest from corporations profiting from the occupation of Palestine. The companies listed include Motorola Solutions, G4S, Hewlett Packard, and Caterpillar.
  • On May 23, 2018, the student senate at the University of Oregon passed a divestment resolution to divest from companies including the Strauss Group, the Osem Group, Hewlett-Packard Company, Ahava, General Electric, Eden Springs, Motorola, G4S, Elbit Systems. The resolution also prohibited the purchase of products from Sabra, Tribe, Sodastream, and the companies listed above.
  • On March 22, 2018, Los Rios College Federation of Teachers passed a resolution to call for the Trustees to divest two public pension funds, Public Employees Retirement System and the State Teacher Retirement Systems, from corporations involved in the Israeli occupation of Palestine. The resolution named G4S and Caterpillar.
  • On November 15, 2017, the University of Michigan's central student government passed a resolution for the University to divest from corporations that are involved in the human rights violations against the Palestinian people, including Boeing, G4S, Hewlett-Packard, and United Technologies.
  • On October 26, 2017, the Philadelphia Board of Pensions and Retirement divested $1.2 million from private prison companies including G4S plc. 
  • On October 3, 2017, the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women) in Jordan divested from G4S due to its involvement in the occupation of Palestine.
  • In August 2017, Cincinnati City Council proposed divesting $2.5 million from companies involved in private prisons, stating that the city "should not support an 'immoral' system." The companies the city is proposing to divest from include G4S, CoreCivic, and the GEO Group.
  • On June 8, 2017, New York City's pension funds divested $48 million from private prison companies, including G4S. 
  • On May 22, 2017, Sacramento Regional Transit will not renew a contract with G4S for security guard companies, replacing G4S with in-house security agents. The contract was worth $3 million. The decision was made after nearly two years of activism from human rights, civil rights, and Palestinian rights groups. The contract ended June 30.
  • On April 9, 2017, Tufts Community Union (TCU) Senate passed a resolution urging the university to divest from "corporations that profit off the occupation of Palestine and the continued spread of settlements declared illegal under international law," including G4S.
  • On March 15, 2017, the De Anza College Associated Student Body (DASB) passed a resolution to "divest from companies that violate international human rights law" in Palestine, naming specifically G4S. This was the first community college to pass a divestment resolution related to human rights violations in Palestine. Students for Justice, the group that presented the resolution, told DASB that "by asking De Anza to divest, you are asking them to no longer take a side in this conflict."
  • On July 22, 2016, the Berkeley City Council passed a unanimous resolution to direct the City Manager to consider creating a portfolio screen preventing any future investments in private prison corporations including GEO Group, CoreCivic, Inc., and G4S.
  • In July 2016, the city of Denver, Colorado decided to drop its $2.5 million municipal contract with G4S over the "company's notorious oppressive practices." 
  • In April 2016, the Alliance of Baptists unanimously decided to divest from companies profiting off the occupation, including G4S.
  • In April 2016, the UN Office for Project Services becomes the third UN agency in Jordan to drop contracts with G4S.
  • On April 12, 2016, the University of Minnesota passed a resolution calling for socially responsible investment policies and divestment from global human rights violations.
  • On April 2, 2016, the University of Indianapolis Student Senate passed a resolution to divest from "companies profiting from human rights violations in Palestine," including G4S. 
  • On March 22, 2016, Cornell University’s Herman F. Johnson Museum of Art terminated its contract with British security Firm, G4S. Black Students United at Cornell University campaigned for the termination because of G4S’ involvement in the private prison industry.
  • March 25, 2016, The Unitarian Universalist Association and its endowment fund have implemented a human rights screen and divested from companies complicit in human rights violations, including  G4S.
  • On March 9, 2016, Palestinian activists led by Bassem al-Tamimi filed a $34.5 billion civil lawsuit in D.C. against individuals and companies that have been "funding violent settlement activities in occupied Palestine." The lawsuit names several defendants, including G4S, RE/MAX, Africa Israel Investments, Motorola, Volvo, Ahava Dead Sea Laboratories, Oracle Corp., and Hewlett Packard Enterprise. 
  • On March 6, 2016, the Vassar Student Association voted to support the international BDS movement and to divest from companies profiting from Israeli human rights abuses, including G4S.
  • On March 1, 2016, the University College London Union voted to support the BDS campaign, stating that the student union will “not have any commercial or investment relationship with companies that participate in Israeli violations of international law, including G4S, Veolia, HP and military companies that supply Israel such as BAE Systems and Raytheon.”
  • In March 2016, the United Nations Children's Fund in Jordan decided to terminate its contract with G4S over growing pressure from organizers concerned with G4S involvement in occupation. 
  • The Undergraduate Student Government Assembly at the University of Illinois-Chicago unanimously voted on February 16, 2016, to pass a resolution to divest from corporations profiting off the Israeli occupation and other human rights violations, including G4S.  
  • On February 10, 2016,  California State University, Los Angeles administrators have agreed to divest from private prison companies after pressure from CSULA Black Student Union.
  • On January 19, 2016, a landslide vote by the University of South Florida student senate passed a joint resolution to divest from corporations who profit from "illegal and brutal occupation" in Palestine, including G4S. The resolution was later vetoed by the student government president.
  • In December 2015, the California Endowment divested its holdings from "companies that derive significant annual revenue from private prison services," including G4S. 
  • In November 2015, the student government at San Jose State University voted to divest from "companies that play an active role in the human rights violations committed by the Israeli Government in the Occupied Palestinian Territories" including G4S. 
  • In the UK, the Labour Party officially instituted a boycott G4S as of November 21st, 2015, citing the company's role in violating Palestinian human rights. 
  • In October 2015 the Human Rights Council of the city of Portland, Oregon demanded that the City Socially Responsible Investments Committee place G4S on the city's "Do Not Buy" list due to its complicity in "serious human rights violations in the ongoing illegal and brutal Israeli occupation of Palestinian land." 
  • On June 30, 2015, the United Church of Christ voted in favor of "divestment and boycott of companies that are complicit in the Israeli occupation of the West Bank and Gaza" including G4S.
  • In June 2015, Columbia University officially divested from G4S as part of a new policy prohibiting investment in the private prison industry and based on G4S's business both in the United States and Palestine/Israel.
  • In May 2015, the Oglethorpe University Student Senate passed a resolution to divest from G4S “based on evidence of their active role in human rights abuses in the West Bank and Gaza Strip.”
  • In May 2015, the University of Helsinki announced that it was dropping its security contract with G4S in response to a campaign initiated by concerned students and faculty objecting to the company's role in the Israeli prison.
  • In February 2015, the student union at the University of Kent in the southeast of England voted to terminate its contract with G4S following an “outcry” over its role in human rights abuses in Palestine, South Africa, the UK and other countries.
  • Stanford University students passed a resolution in February 2015, urging divestment from G4S, among other “companies implicated in the Occupied Palestinian Territories, many of which facilitate parallel injury against communities of color here in the United States.”
  • Northwestern University students voted to divest from G4S in February 2015, citing its involvement in “interrogation and detention centers where Palestinians are regularly subjected to torture.”
  • In January 2015, the student union at University College London voted unanimously to drop its contract with G4S in response to its "atrocious" human rights record in Israel/Palestine and US prisons. 
  • In January 2015, the UC Davis student senate passed a divestment resolution urging the university to drop investments in G4S because it “provides resources furthering human rights violations and systematic discrimination.” The bill was later repealed based on a constitutional technicality.
  • In November 2014 the municipality of Durham, North Carolina dropped a municipal private policing contract with G4S after a successful community campaign by the Durham Drop G4S coalition for non-renewal.
  • Loyola University in Chicago passed a 2014 divestment resolution against G4S because it “play[s] active roles in the human rights abuses committed by the Israeli Government.”
  • In May 2014, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation announced it had divested enough shares in G4S to no longer meet the 3% ownership threshold required for reporting. The move came after a year-long activist campaign highlighting G4S's role in the Israeli prison system and mass incarceration. 
  • In 2014, the University of New Mexico’s Graduate and Professional Student Association voted to divest from G4S, citing its “security equipment for Israeli prisons that hold Palestinian political prisoners and for Israeli military checkpoints.” 
  • In 2014, Britain’s National Union of Students voted to call on its members to boycott G4S because it is “complicit in financing and aiding Israel’s military.”
  • The Black Students' Conference (of Britain’s National Union of Students) in 2014 resolved to “lobby Institutions and Unions to divest from key BDS target companies, including G4S” due to Israel’s “multitude of human rights and international law violations.”
  • The Dutch Green Party discontinued using G4S for its national office’s security in 2014, citing its “activities in the Palestinian territory occupied by Israel.”
  • The United Methodist Church voted to divest its pension fund from G4S in 2014, citing “concerns about the company's involvement in human rights violations in the Israeli prison system and the military occupation of Palestinian territories.

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  • In 2014, the student union at Britain's Kent University voted to divest from G4S because of its "human rights abuses in Palestine."
  • The Oberlin College student senate voted to divest from G4S in May 2013 due to its “injustices perpetrated on the Palestinian people by Israel.” 
  • Dundee University (Scotland) students voted to end outstanding G4S contracts in 2013, citing its “services and equipment for the Israeli security institutions and buildings operating in the Occupied Palestinian Territories.”
  • The University of Oslo ended its G4S security contract in 2013.
  • Dutch labor union Abvakabo terminated its contract with G4S in 2013, citing "its role in Israel’s violations of international law.”
  • In November 2013, King’s College London and Southampton University chose not to award G4S major security contracts following vigorous student campaigns. 
  • In November 2013, the University of Bergen in Norway decided not to renew G4S as its security contractor due to the firm’s role in the Israeli prison system and illegal Israeli settlements. 
  • In October 2013, Industri Energi, a trade union for workers in the energy and heavy industry sectors in Norway, canceled its contract with G4S over its role in Israeli prisons. 
  • In August 2012, British firm Good Energy announced that it would end its business relationship with G4S because of the company's human rights record in both Israel/Palestine and in UK prisons 
  • In April 2012, G4S lost its contract with the European Parliament after a year-long campaign by a group of 28 Members of the European Parliament in conjunction with activists calling attention to the company's worldwide abuse of human rights. 
  • In November 2010, the Rehabilitation and Research Centre for Torture Victims (RCT) in Denmark ended its contract with G4S. Pat Nissen of RCT’s explained that “G4S as a company is helping to facilitate torture.”
This profile was last updated on
20 March 2021