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ISS's provision of security services in "illegal" Israeli settlements in Palestine alleged to be incompatible with its ethical profile

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Company response
6 November 2012

ISS response

Author: ISS

ISS does not have proactive sales efforts directed towards business opportunities on the West Bank, in Gaza or the Golan Heights. ISS is only accepting to deliver services to these areas if they are part of bigger national or international contracts. Today, ISS has no business at all in Gaza and only very limited business on the West Bank and Golan. ISS has 13 employees working on the West Bank and five employees in The Golan Heights. Our few customers on the West Bank have generally been served by ISS for many years – some of them for more than 10 years. It is ISS' initial assessment that none of the companies, which ISS is working for on the West Bank or in the Golan Heights manufacture their products or provide their services in manners which results in increased risk of negative impact on human rights.

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Article
10 June 2012

ISS provides security services in illegal settlements [Israel]

Author: DanWatch

ISS provides cleaning services, catering and...security services for illegal settlements in Palestine. ISS...confirms to DanWatch that they provide various services for settlements in the Golan Heights and the West Bank – areas occupied by Israel, whose ownership is not acknowledged by the UN. According to experts and politicians, this is incompatible with ISS' ethical profile...DanWatch now reveal that ISS is also a player in the security industry in settlements...And that is no good when trying to uphold an ethical profile, according to MEP Margrete Auken: ”It would be beneficial for the peace process if decent international companies signalled that they would not operate in settlements,” [also refers to G4S]

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Article
6 May 2012

Security firm G4S provides services to Israeli prisons, police and army

Author: Adri Nieuwhof, Electronic Intifada

British-Danish security firm G4S has been severely criticized for its operations in the occupied Palestinian territories and in prisons and detention centers in Israel, including those housing children and “administrative detainees” held without charge or trial...G4S submitted an update with old statements that does not address the criticism of the provision of services to prisons in Israel. Meanwhile, about 2,000 Palestinian prisoners bellow out their ill-treatment in a mass hunger strike...G4S shows no intention of terminating its services to prisons in Israel. As long as G4S is in any way involved in the detention of Palestinian political prisoners in Israel or the West Bank, it is not moving in the right direction.

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