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31 Mai 2017

Lawyers for Palestinian Human Rights, London

LPHR statement on G4S' striking omission of adverse human rights findings in its latest CSR report ahead of its Annual General Meeting

In the run up to the G4S Annual General Meeting taking place on 25 May 2017, LPHR notes the striking omission in G4S' latest corporate social responsibility report to any reference to the UK National Contact Point's (UK NCP) critical Follow-Up Statement last June that found the company to be in continuing breach of its human rights obligations in regard to contracted activities in Israel and the occupied Palestinian territory.

In the human rights section of G4S' 2016 CSR report, all that is stated in relation to current human rights challenges is the following (which is replicated in the report statement of CSR Committee Chair, Clare Spottiswoode):

"This report does not include a section on current [human rights] issues as (at the time of writing) there are no further developments or new issues to report."

This clearly appears to be an inaccurate and misleading statement to shareholders and other stakeholders which raises significant transparency concerns...

Part of the following timelines

UK NCP releases follow up on complaint against G4S alleging involvement in Israeli abuses against Palestinians

G4S sells controversial Israeli security arm accused of complicity in human rights abuses of Palestinian prisoners