Investors Against Genocide

5,887 supporters

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. 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. Looking forward, we advocate for investment firms to make an ongoing commitment to genocide-free investing policies that would apply to future genocides or crimes against humanity.

Our goal is to make the U.S. financial investment industry more responsive to the American public’s interest in not having their savings connected to the most egregious violations of human rights.

Investors Against Genocide is a project of the Massachusetts Coalition to Save Darfur Inc., a 501(c)(3) charitable organization.

Started 2 petitions

Petitioning Darin Oduyoye, Judith Gaines, Peter Scher, Kristin Lemkau, Fidelity, Vincent Loporchio, Holly Gibson, Franklin Templeton, iShares, BlackRock

Stop Investing in Companies Tied to Genocide

Many financial institutions invest in a handful of foreign oil companies, such as PetroChina and Sinopec, that help fund the government of Sudan’s deadly campaign of violence against millions of its citizens. BlackRock, Fidelity, Franklin Templeton, JPMorgan Chase and Vanguard are large investors in both PetroChina and Sinopec. Help us send a strong message to draw the line at genocide. You don’t have to be an investor to object. Financial companies want your business now or in the future, so your voice will matter. Sign the petition and send a message to these financial institutions: “I object to financial institutions investing in companies that help to fund genocide.”

Investors Against Genocide
5,040 supporters
Petitioning U.S. House of Representatives

Tell Congress to support genocide-free investing

On November 30, 2010, Investors Against Genocide testified at a Congressional hearing of the House Financial Services Subcommittee on International Monetary Policy and Trade on Investments Tied to Genocide: Sudan Divestment and Beyond. Eric Cohen, chairperson of IAG, proposed transparency and disclosure rules to empower investors to be able to choose to avoid connections, through their mutual funds, to the worst human rights abuses.Research has shown that Americans are overwhelmingly opposed to having their savings tied to genocide.  Nonetheless, because most investors entrust their savings to mutual funds, millions of Americans are investing, unknowingly, inadvertently, and against their will, in companies funding genocide. We believe that improvements in disclosure and transparency rules can bring a much needed, dramatic change to the financial industry.  You can help by signing the petition below that asks your representative in the House of Representatives to do what he/she can to support genocide-free investing. Watch the video of the hearing or read more about the hearing and the details of our legislative recommendations online here.

Investors Against Genocide
847 supporters