Genocide - an introduction
Below are select introductory materials on business and genocide. Further reports from a wide range of sources are in the "Genocide" section of our site.
- Key international standards
- Key reports & guidance
- Concerns, company responses & non-responses
- Positive steps by companies
- Lawsuits regarding genocide
Key international standards
Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court: articles 5, 6, 25
Key reports & guidance
Human Rights Watch Speech [PDF]. Gary Steel, Head of Human Resources & Executive Committee member, ABB Group, 3 Mar 2008 [scroll to section 2, page 3]
Commerce, Crime and Conflict: Legal Remedies for Private Sector Liability for Grave Breaches of International Law - A Survey of Sixteen Countries [PDF], Anita Ramasastry and Robert C. Thompson, for Fafo Institute for Applied International Studies (AIS), Sep 2006
Concerns, company responses & non-responses
The Resource Centre invites companies to respond to allegations of misconduct. Below are examples of allegations and company responses regarding genocide. We also indicate when a company has not responded.
Sudan: Olympic Dream for Darfur calls on Olympic corporate sponsors to raise Sudan concerns with Chinese Govt., Nov 2007. Reponses from: adidas, Anheuser-Busch, Atos Origin, Coca-Cola, Eastman Kodak, General Electric, Johnson & Johnson, Lenovo, McDonald's, Microsoft, Panasonic (part of Matsushita), Samsung, Staples, Swatch, Visa, Volkswagen. No response received from BHP Billiton, Manulife, UPS.
USA/Armenia: Companies including BAE, Chevron, Northrop Grumman, Goodrich, Raytheon, UTC "likely lobbied" against US bill to name Turkey's killing of Armenians in early 1900s genocide, Jun 2009. Response from UTC, No response from BAE, Chevron, Goodrich, Northrop Grumman, Raytheon.
Positive steps by companies
Related stories and components
Author: Verne Kopytoff, San Francisco Chronicle
In an effort to raise awareness about atrocities in Sudan, Google Inc. has updated its online satellite mapping service with images of burned villages, refugee camps and wounded children... Elliot Schrage, Google's vice president of global...
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Author: Sarah DiLorenzo, Associated Press
When Macy's decided to sell baskets made by Rwandan widows, the store was swayed in part by the prospect of contributing to a developing economy and in part by the women's tale of suffering during their country's 1994 genocide. But Macy's was clear:...
ABB understands the legitimate concerns among international stakeholders about companies doing business in Sudan... We have no activities in the Darfur area... As a supplier, we have no operations as such in the country, and do not pay direct taxes......