The Save Darfur Coalition’s Divest for Darfur Campaign encourages and promotes divestment as a strategy to exert financial pressure on the government of Sudan to change its policies and bring peace to the people of Darfur.
U.S. Investments Help Fund the Genocide
U.S. law prohibits most American companies from operating directly in Sudan. However, U.S. firms are legally able to invest in foreign companies that operate in Sudan, including “highest offenders” that make a significant contribution to funding the genocide.
Many U.S. investment companies, including Fidelity and Berkshire Hathaway, invest in PetroChina, Sinopec, ONGC, Petronas, Schlumberger, and other highest offending companies. Consequently, many individual investors are supporting the genocide without their knowledge.
We work to make investors aware of how their money is being used and encourage them to take action against the firms that continue to invest in companies that are financing the genocide.
Divest for Darfur Strategy
The Save Darfur Coalition supports the targeted divestment model developed by the Sudan Divestment Task Force to address the highest offending companies. Highest offenders are those that have a business relationship with the government of Sudan that helps fuel the genocide, impart minimal benefit to the country’s underprivileged, and have not shown a change in behavior after being engaged on the issue.
The Save Darfur Coalition also works for legislative and executive branch action to advance divestment and related sanctions against Sudan. In addition, the Save Darfur Coalition coordinates with European organizations to work for stronger international involvement in resolving the crisis in Darfur, including strong EU sanctions and a focus on the highest European offending companies such as Schlumberger.
The Save Darfur Coalition’s Divest for Darfur campaign is carried out in close coordination with our special divestment partner organizations: the Sudan Divestment Task Force, a project of the Genocide Intervention Network, and Fidelity Out Of Sudan. The campaign is also coordinated with American Jewish World Service, the NAACP, STAND, the Jewish Council of Public Affairs, and other coalition members with divestment policies.