G4S' response to LPHR's statement on ommission of findings of adverse human rights abuses in their 2017 CSR report
G4S replied to our invitation to respond to LPHR’s statement dated 23 May 2017, published ahead of the company’s AGM. G4S notes that the findings from the UK NCP’s final statement on LPHR’s complaint were covered in their 2015 and 2016 CSR reports. G4S would like to refer to their statement issued in response to the UK NCP’s final statement on 7 July 2016 which states (here):
'After a 17 month investigation beginning in 2014, the NCP stated clearly in its Final Statement in June 2015, that:
“The UK NCP has not found any general failure by the company to respect the human rights of the people on whose behalf the complaint is made, or any failure to respect human rights in regard to its own operations.”
In the same Final Statement the NCP also stated that:
“None of the information reviewed by the UK NCP suggested that G4S staff or equipment play a direct part in these [human rights] impacts.”
In response to the NCP’s Follow up Statement, Debbie Walker, G4S Corporate Affairs Director said:
“G4S Israel operates a responsible business that complies with local and international laws and respects human rights. G4S is pleased that, following an extensive review, the NCP confirmed that it has not found any failure to respect human rights in regard to G4S Israel’s operations.”
“G4S takes its human rights obligations seriously and is committed to respecting andsupporting the rights of those who live and work in the communities where we operate. The group supports the UN Global Compact and has worked to embed the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights into its organisation since 2013.” '
G4S also states that they would respond to queries by LPHR if these concern new issues.