Saturday, November 12, 2005

NEWS: Caterpillar in Palistine

War on Want reports that:

Without selling a single bomb, gun or F16 fighter, Caterpillar has been supplying the Israeli military with its ‘key weapon’, in the words one Israeli commander, in its illegal and brutal occupation of Palestine. In the words of the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the right to food, Caterpillar’s D-9 bulldozers have been responsible for destroying ‘agricultural farms, greenhouses, ancient olive groves… numerous Palestinian homes and sometimes human lives’....

Caterpillar’s Chief Executive Jim Owens is not driving the bulldozers carrying out these grave breaches of international law. But he is fully aware of the uses Caterpillar machines are being put to by the Israeli army. Indeed, a group of Caterpillar shareholders raised the issue in a resolution to their AGM in April 2004 which questioned whether ‘Caterpillar’s directors can reconcile acquiescence’ with the end use of these bulldozers with the company’s Code of Worldwide Business Conduct.

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Corporate justice. This topic is sure to show up here often, especially since I chose to get an MBA.

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