Are your investments tied to genocide?

Few of us want our personal savings connected to genocide. Even so, financial firms like Franklin Templeton, JPMorgan Chase, Fidelity, Vanguard and many others invest their customers’ money in companies that help fund the ongoing genocide in Sudan.

While ethical investing may mean different things to different people, don’t you agree that financial firms should draw the line at helping to support genocide?

Help us change the status quo on Wall Street. Together we can end investments in genocide.

500,000

under attack now in Sudan

Nearly half a million people in the South Kordofan and Blue Nile regions of Sudan currently are facing relentless aerial attacks, violent displacement, and starvation due to the Sudanese government’s ongoing military assaults.

2,500,000

killed by Khartoum regime

Ongoing government-sponsored genocide in Sudan has spanned more than two decades and resulted in the death of over 2.5 million innocent civilians. Millions more have been displaced and currently live in deplorable and insecure conditions.

$9 billion

is invested in oil companies that help fund genocide

American financial firms have invested billions of dollars in a handful of foreign oil companies, like PetroChina and Sinopec, that help fund the government of Sudan’s campaign of violence. Four major financial institutions alone have nearly $9 billion of such investments.

88%

of Americans want to be genocide-free

Eighty-eight percent of Americans surveyed want their investments to be genocide-free. 84% of respondents say they will withdraw their investments from American companies that do business with companies that directly or indirectly support genocide.


Want to help?

1

Send a message

Tell JPMorgan Chase, Fidelity, Franklin Resources and other financial firms to adopt a genocide-free investing policy. Sign the petition

2

Spread the News

Public opinion is a critical factor in convincing financial institutions to avoid investments tied to genocide. Help us spread the word on Facebook and Twitter.

3

Vote Your Proxy

Please be sure to vote in favor of the genocide-free investing proposal on the Franklin Resources proxy ballot for the annual meeting on March 12, 2014. Read more


Does your firm invest in companies with ties to genocide?

Research shows that the vast majority of Americans want their investments to be genocide-free. Even so, financial firms like Franklin Templeton, JPMorgan Chase, Fidelity, Vanguard and many others continue to invest their customers’ money in companies that help fund the ongoing genocide in Sudan.

However, some mainstream financial firms are helping change the status quo on Wall Street. T. Rowe Price, American Funds and TIAA-CREF have all taken steps to align themselves with the values of their customers by avoiding investments with ties to genocide.

While ethical investing may mean different things to different people, don’t you agree that financial firms should draw the line at helping to support genocide?

500,000

under attack now in Sudan

Nearly half a million people in the South Kordofan and Blue Nile regions of Sudan currently are facing relentless aerial attacks, violent displacement, and starvation due to the Sudanese government’s ongoing military assaults.

2,500,000

killed by Khartoum regime

Ongoing government-sponsored genocide in Sudan has spanned more than two decades and resulted in the death of over 2.5 million innocent civilians. Millions more have been displaced and currently live in deplorable and insecure conditions.

$9 billion

is invested in oil companies that help fund genocide

American financial firms have invested billions of dollars in a handful of foreign oil companies, like PetroChina and Sinopec, that help fund the government of Sudan’s campaign of violence. Four major financial institutions alone have nearly $9 billion of such investments.

88%

of Americans want to be genocide-free

Eighty-eight percent of Americans surveyed want their investments to be genocide-free. 84% of respondents say they will withdraw their investments from American companies that do business with companies that directly or indirectly support genocide.


Want to help?

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Divest

Since the government-sponsored genocide in Sudan continues, we advocate for investment firms to avoid or divest holdings of the four foreign oil companies that are the largest business partners with the government of Sudan. These four companies are PetroChina/CNPC, China Petroleum & Chemical Corporation/Sinopec, ONGC and Petronas.

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Announce a GFI Policy

Develop and implement a public genocide-free investing policy that will guide investment decisions and enable your firm to avoid investments with ties to genocide, now and in the future.

The policy should be in line with the genocide-free investing shareholder proposal which states, “Shareholders request that the Board institute transparent procedures to avoid holding investments in companies that, in management’s judgment, substantially contribute to genocide or crimes against humanity, the most egregious violations of human rights.”

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Vote Your Proxy

Please be sure to vote in favor of the genocide-free investing proposal on the Franklin Resources proxy ballot for the annual meeting on March 12, 2014. Read more


Should institutional investors support investments tied to genocide?

Research shows that the vast majority of Americans want their investments to be genocide-free. Even so, financial firms like Franklin Templeton, JPMorgan Chase, Fidelity, Vanguard and many others invest their customers’ money in companies that help fund the ongoing genocide in Sudan.

A growing number of institutional investors, from asset managers to pension funds, are changing the status quo on Wall Street by aligning themselves with the values of their participants.

The Unitarian Universalist Association, AFSCME Employees Pension Plan, and many states, including California, Texas, and New York have taken steps to avoid supporting investments with ties to genocide such as divesting, changing service providers, and voting their proxies in support of genocide-free investing.

Will your institution be among those who help change the status quo? Will you draw the line at genocide?

2,500,000

killed by Khartoum regime

Ongoing government-sponsored genocide in Sudan has spanned more than two decades and resulted in the death of over 2.5 million innocent civilians. Today, nearly half a million people in the South Kordofan and Blue Nile regions of Sudan face relentless attacks and millions of Darfuris remain displaced.

$9 billion

is invested in oil companies that help fund genocide

American financial firms have invested billions of dollars in a handful of foreign oil companies, like PetroChina and Sinopec, that help fund the government of Sudan’s campaign of violence. Four major financial institutions alone have nearly $9 billion of such investments.

30 states

have divested from Sudan

Thirty states plus the District of Columbia and 61 colleges and universities have divested from companies helping to fund the genocide in Sudan. Barack Obama and John McCain also divested during the 2008 presidential campaign.

88%

of Americans want to be genocide-free

Eighty-eight percent of Americans surveyed want their investments to be genocide-free. 84% of respondents say they will withdraw their investments from American companies that do business with companies that directly or indirectly support genocide.


Want to help?

1

Vote Your Proxy

Please be sure to vote in favor of the genocide-free investing proposal on the Franklin Resources proxy ballot for the annual meeting on March 12, 2014. Read more

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Move Your Money

Contact your pension plan administrator to request genocide-free investment options. Ask the plan administrator to avoid offering Sudan-related stocks and mutual funds and to offer genocide-free options. If they aren’t responsive, consider moving your money to a different service provider that supports genocide-free investing.

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Support Legislation

Support efforts to pass legislation that will increase transparency and disclosure by financial firms regarding investments in companies that substantially contribute to genocide or crimes against humanity. Read more


Should Americans be able to make informed choices regarding investments with ties to genocide?

Although U.S. sanctions prevent U.S. companies from operating in Sudan’s oil industry, American financial institutions have been major investors in foreign oil companies that help the repressive government of Sudan fund its campaign of genocide and crimes against humanity against its own people.

Research shows that the vast majority of Americans want their investments to be genocide-free.

Individual investors deserve disclosure and transparency from their financial firms to clearly provide material facts that they need to make informed choices. Support legislation to empower investors to be able to uphold their values and choose to avoid connections to genocide and crimes against humanity.

500,000

under attack now in Sudan

Nearly half a million people in the South Kordofan and Blue Nile regions of Sudan currently are facing relentless aerial attacks, violent displacement, and starvation due to the Sudanese government’s ongoing military assaults.

2,500,000

killed by Khartoum regime

Ongoing government-sponsored genocide in Sudan has spanned more than two decades and resulted in the death of over 2.5 million innocent civilians. Today, nearly half a million people in the South Kordofan and Blue Nile regions of Sudan face relentless attacks and millions of Darfuris remain displaced.

$9 billion

is invested in oil companies that help fund genocide

American financial firms have invested billions of dollars in a handful of foreign oil companies, like PetroChina and Sinopec, that help fund the government of Sudan’s campaign of violence. Four major financial institutions alone have nearly $9 billion of such investments.

88%

of Americans want to be genocide-free

Eighty-eight percent of Americans surveyed want their investments to be genocide-free. 84% of respondents say they will withdraw their investments from American companies that do business with companies that directly or indirectly support genocide.


Want to help?

1

Support Legislation

Support efforts to create and pass legislation that will increase transparency and disclosure by financial firms regarding investments in companies that substantially contribute to genocide or crimes against humanity.  Read more

2

Contact Us

Contact Investors Against Genocide to arrange for a briefing on the issue and to learn more about how government officials can support genocide-free investing.

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Spread the News

Most Americans and many government officials are unaware that U.S. financial firms are making investments in companies tied to genocide. Help us spread the word on Capitol Hill and change the status quo on Wall Street.


Investors Against Genocide is...

a citizen-led initiative, dedicated to convincing mutual funds and other investment firms to make an ongoing commitment to genocide-free investing. Investors Against Genocide works with individuals, financial firms, pension and endowment managers and government officials to encourage investment firms to change their investing strategy to avoid investments in companies that substantially contribute to genocide or crimes against humanity.