Position regarding the Israeli-Palestinian conflict

The Council on Ethics conducts dialogues with companies that are linked to violations of international conventions which the state of Sweden has endorsed. The aim of the dialogues is to persuade the companies to address the problem and also to adopt preventive policies and procedures to prevent future violations of these conventions.

The Council on Ethics uses dialogue with companies as its primary tool to bring about change. Co-operation with other investors and filing shareholder resolutions at shareholder meetings are examples of other tools that are also used to put more pressure behind the dialogues. If a dialogue does not lead to the desired change, the Council on Ethics will recommend the AP-funds to exclude the company from their portfolios.

The starting point for the analysis of the Council on Ethics regarding the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is the clear stance taken by the European Union and Sweden on the issue.

“The European Union and Sweden believe that border negotiations must be based on the 1967 borders and what they looked like before the Six-Day War (the so-called Green Line). Any changes to these limits must be agreed in direct negotiations between the parties. Both parties must refrain from actions that establish “new facts on the ground” and are likely to forestall the border negotiations. The EU and Sweden believe that the Israeli settlements in the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, are contrary to international law and constitute an obstacle to peace and threaten to make a two-state solution impossible. Israel is called upon to freeze all settlement activity, including in East Jerusalem and to dismantle all the so-called outposts that have arisen since March 2001.” [1]

The Council on Ethics has focused its analysis on companies that actively and consciously, by offering customized products and services, contribute to the continued existence of settlements or to maintaining the separation barrier on occupied territory. The Council on Ethics has since 2010 initiated dialogues with a small number of companies linked to the issue, all of which has continuously been reported in the Council on Ethics’ annual reports.

[1] http://www.regeringen.se/sb/d/2688/a/19640