SocialFunds.com — Founded in 2007 in response to genocide in the Darfur region of Sudan, where hundreds of thousands of people have been killed and another three million displaced, Investors Against Genocide (IAG) seeks to bring pressure on investment firms to end their investment in companies that contribute to genocide or crimes against humanity.
According to IAG, five Asian oil companies—PetroChina, CNPC Hong Kong, Oil and Natural Gas Corporation, Sinopec, and PETRONAS—have provided revenue to the government of Sudan for arms and funding of genocide, rather than economic development for the poor people of Sudan. Large mutual funds that have not yet made a commitment to genocide-free investing include Fidelity, Franklin Templeton, and Vanguard.
In a white paper entitled Genocide-free Investing: New Opportunities for Investors, IAG documents some of the successes it has had in its engagement with financial institutions on the issue. Unlike the three above-named companies, which continue to hold large investments in companies linked to genocide, American Funds and Teachers Insurance and Annuity Association – College Retirement Equities Fund (TIAA-CREF) have sold their holdings in companies with ties to the government of Sudan.