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27 Apr 2017

Swedwatch, Fair Finance Guide

Report: 'Fuel for conflict - Investors and the case of Lundin Petroleum in Sudan'

This report focuses on the risks and responsibilities associated with investments in companies that are active in countries with ongoing violent conflicts and humanitarian crises... Using the terminology of the UNGPs, a company that has a business relationship with another company that causes or contributes to adverse impacts on human rights is considered linked to this impact... [S]hareholders are in a unique position to exert pressure on and influence a company’s behaviour... The survey conducted for this report examines how the banks and government pension funds have acted on the allegations against Lundin. Their responses have been scored based on how responsibly they have acted on the information regarding human rights impacts in Sudan. The assessment [...] is based on the investor’s own responses and the scoring criteria focuses on the engagement process, voting behaviour and demands put forward to the company... [I]nvestors must [...] assess all adverse human rights impacts connected to their investment. This could be done as a part of a thorough human rights due diligence process...