About the Project
Building on its 30-year history of providing free and objective information on ethical finance and corporate activity to the public, the EIRIS Foundation has undertaken a new project: conducting research into corporate activity in Crimea and Palestine. The research has been carried out by EIRIS Conflict Risk Network, putting to use its extensive expertise gained by studying the interplay between corporate activity and conflict in Sudan and Burma/Myanmar. International law recognises occupation as a form of conflict, and occupying governments use economic activity to help secure and maintain their control of territory.
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The result is the EIRIS Foundation’s new online database of the companies active in Crimea and Palestine. These databases are presented in the context of information and analysis about the territories’ economic sectors and international trade policies.
For the first time, businesses, civil society, media and the investor community have access to objective and comprehensive information about corporate operations in two illegally-administered territories.
Access to such objective and independent research increases transparency, empowers investors and enhances global knowledge and understanding about investment in occupied territories.
This database represents the first phase of our project on investment in occupied lands. We welcome your feedback at [email protected].
This project has been made possible through the generous support of the Open Society Foundations.
About the EIRIS Foundation
The EIRIS Foundation is a leading England and Wales charity working in the area of responsible investment. The Foundation has over 30 years’ experience of providing free and objective information on ethical finance and corporate activity to the public. A not-for-profit organisation, its mission is to empower investors with independent assessments of companies and advice on integrating them with investment decisions. Its subsidiary, Ethical Investment Research Services (EIRIS) Ltd, researches the environmental, social, governance and ethical aspects of over 3,000 companies globally. EIRIS provides services to fund managers, banks, pension funds, stock exchanges and charities worldwide.
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About EIRIS Conflict Risk Network
EIRIS Conflict Risk Network carried out this research project for the EIRIS Foundation. EIRIS Conflict Risk Network unites institutional investors, financial service providers and related stakeholders calling on corporate actors to fulfil their responsibility to respect human rights and to take steps that support peace and stability in areas affected by genocide and mass atrocities. Our goal is to increase such behaviour by corporate actors and thereby reduce conflict risk.
The Network acts as an intermediary between the business and investment communities, engaging companies operating in conflict-affected countries, including Sudan and Burma/Myanmar. By coordinating and conducting its engagement on behalf of a network of financial institutions, we harness the collective weight of trillions of dollars in assets when encouraging corporate behaviour that reduces conflict risk.
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