Wednesday June 3, 2020

UN list signals risks of doing business in occupied territories

Database will deter companies from engaging with Israel’s illegal settlement policy

1st March, 2020
The Palestinian West Bank and East Jerusalem are considered occupied territories under international law. Picture: Getty

The publication of this list is a significant step towards accountability and sends a clear message to businesses across the world that there are clear legal, moral and reputational risks in having business operations and investments connected with Israeli settlements.

Sanctions against companies involved in such activities remain weak. Naming and shaming those involved remains central to ensuring that such activities is not acceptable. The UN database creates an important incentive and deterrent against engaging...

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