Holy Land Principles for Corporations Investing in Israel

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13 July 2015

Cisco challenged to show commitment to the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights by signing the Holy Land Principles

Author: PR Newswire

"If Cisco Supports Ruggie, It Should Have No Problem Signing Holy Land Principles", 07 July 2015

The Silicon Valley giant networking company Cisco is being challenged to show it is committed to the Ruggie Principles by signing the Holy Land Principles. The Ruggie Principles ("The UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights") were proposed by Special Representative John Ruggie and endorsed by the UN Human Rights Council in June 2011. The Holy Land Principles — a corporate code of conduct for the 545 American companies doing business in Palestine-Israel— were launched by Fr. Sean Mc Manus on International Human Rights Day, December 10, 2012. The Holy Land Principles are based on the Mac Bride Principles, which Fr. Mc Manus also launched on November 5, 1984. Fr. Mc Manus said: "The Ruggie Principles cannot exist in a vacuum; they must be particularized: applied concretely in a particular location or country. That is why we claim that signing the Holy Land Principles is a practical and efficacious way, among other things, of implementing the Ruggie Principles...

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29 March 2015

Critique of the Holy Land Principles by the American Friends Service Committee

Author: AFSC

"The Holy Land Principles: Lowering the Bar on Human Rights", 25 March 2015

...Our examination shows that the Holy Land Principles fall short of the most basic and widely recognized standards of corporate respect for both human rights and labor rights. When corporate guidelines set a lower bar than existing non-voluntary and regulatory frameworks, they could be used to divert corporate accountability. We are concerned that the Principles in their present form are too limited in scope and too vague to support a change of corporate policies. Moreover, until they are amended to respond to the conditions in the occupied Palestinian territory, these Principles might stand in the way of other, more promising approaches. Based on these concerns, we recommend that shareholders abstain in the upcoming votes on the Holy Land Principles resolutions.The following report describes our findings in detail, and outlines some suggested improvements...

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29 March 2015

Holy Land Principles criticized for lowering protection for Palestinian workers

Author: Adri Nieuwhof, Electronic Intifada

"Fair employment champion urges lower protection for Palestinian workers than Israeli law", 27 March 2015

A new set of “ethical” guidelines for US corporations investing in Israel would not offer stronger protections for Palestinian workers, according to the American Friends Service Committee (AFSC). Shareholders of three firms — GE, Corning and Intel — are scheduled to vote during April and May on whether or not they should approve the so-called Holy Land Principles. The stated aim of this code of conduct is to ensure that US dollars do not aid human rights abuses in the occupied West BankGaza and present-day Israel. Yet an analysis by the AFSC, a Quaker group, finds that the recommendations fall short of measures advocated by the Palestine solidarity movement. In particular, they do not call for corporations to withdraw any investments that abet Israel’s violations of international law. A number of US firms were identified by Richard Falk, then the UN’s special rapporteur on human rights in Palestine, as helping Israeli abuses, in 2012. They included Hewlett-PackardMotorola and Caterpillar. Unlike the new guidelines, Falk urged a boycott of these firms...

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29 March 2015

Holy Land Principles, a corporate code of conduct for U.S. companies doing business in the Holy Land

Author: Holy Land Principles, Inc.

The same man who launched the Mac Bride Principles on November 5, 1984 has now launched the Holy Land Principles – a corporate code of conduct for U.S. companies doing business in the Holy Land (Israel/Palestine, The West Bank, The Gaza Strip and East Jerusalem)...Holy Land Principles, Inc., has been established as a non-profit organization to promote the Principles.It will be of interest to see if potential opponents of the Holy Land Principles will make the same misjudgment as the British Government admitted to making in 1999. A senior official in the Department of Economic Development (DED) said: “We did not take him [Fr. Mc Manus] very seriously at first but the Mac Bride Principles have caused serious problems and cost millions to try and counteract.” To further promote the new Principles, Fr. Mc Manus has brought out a new edition of his Memoirs: My American Struggle for Justice in Northern Ireland … And The Holy Land. In the book, which now has 424 pages, he draws a close parallel between how the British Government partitioned both Ireland and Palestine...

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