Volvo Group response re alleged complicity in human rights abuses in Israel & Occupied Territories
The Volvo Group’s vehicles and machines are sold openly throughout the world and contribute to developing communities and creating prosperity: our construction equipment, buses, trucks and engines are used to build roads, produce electricity, irrigate harvests, transport people and goods. But just as an excavator can be used to lay the foundations of a building, it can also be used for the opposite. We regret if they are used for destructive purposes, but it does not stop us from believing that our excavators and vehicles largely play a part in making the world a little better...We understand your reaction to these pictures but Volvo neither can nor wants to take a position in international conflicts. We regard these as issues for elected politicians and diplomats to handle. What we can do is to comply with any political decisions, such as UN recommendations, in terms of blockades or trade embargoes – something we always do. As a result of this, we do not adopt a position in the Middle East conflict. We do not cooperate with the Palestinian or the Israeli authorities and naturally, as a company, we are not directly involved in the activities that you have described.