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Mother company of Sukleen, not welcome at AUB

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In accordance with its core values of strengthening civil society and promoting responsibility among its students, the American University of Beirut seeks to graduate individuals committed to personal integrity, civic engagement, and leadership. It is therefore part of the university’s mission to ensure that the future employers and employees of the country and region are ethical, transparent, and willing to be held accountable for their decision making.   

While we acknowledge and appreciate the vigorous efforts AUB puts into providing its students with potential job opportunities through hosting numerous companies on campus, several corporations hosted by the university strongly contradict the aforementioned mission and values. Averda, the mother company of Sukleen and Sukomi, is one of these corporations.

Sukleen has received over 2 billion dollars from the Lebanese government since it was hired in 1994, and most of this amount was transferred from public funds that municipalities are lawfully entitled to. The company charges 155$/ton for recycling, processing, and disposing waste, more than double the global average (75$/ton). However, the only service the company has provided is the disposal of waste, usually in unsanitary landfills. Hence, it has failed to fulfill the terms of its contract and has contributed to the current public health crisis. Sukleen has also refused to publish its financial records on several occasions, making it virtually impossible to hold the company accountable.

Averda, through Sukleen, has not only played a major part in the emergence of the garbage crisis Lebanon is currently witnessing, but it has also been abusing the government’s budget mismanagement for over 20 years, making huge profits in the process through maintaining relations with corrupt political leaders who have failed to establish sustainable waste management.

Therefore, due to Averda’s unethical management of a major public service, and due to its profit-making at the expense of public funds allocated to municipalities, we demand:

The annulment of Averda’s job recruitment day on Tuesday, 15th of March 2016 in West Hall, Auditorium A.

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