Institutions that have divested from, ended or are refusing contracts with G4S

Below is a list of institutions that have divested from, ended contracts with or are refusing to do business with G4S until G4S ends its complicity in and profiting from violations of human rights and international laws. Click for pdf. To add to this list, email

British-Danish G4S, the largest private security company, is complicit with violations of human rights, international law, and the rights of the child and demonstrates by its actions that it does not support or respect the protection of internationally proclaimed human rights.  As a result of these violations, including in Israel where it is involved in operating prisons at which Palestinian political adult and child prisoners are held without trial and subjected to torture, institutions including universities, colleges, foundations, churches, unions, and government entities have divested from and canceled contracts with G4S.  For details, please see G4S Fact Sheet; Jewish Voice for Peace Report on G4S.

December 2015: Due to pressure from the Afrikan Black Coalition (ABC), a coalition of Black student groups on University of California campuses, UC will have all holdings in private prisons sold by December 31st, 2015. The three corporations are Corrections Corporation of America (CCA), Geo Group, and G4S.”

June 2015 United Church of Christ calls for divestment in message to Israel: “The resolution targets five corporations it says have supplied Israel’s occupying forces, including Caterpillar, Hewlett-Packard, Motorola Solutions, security firm G4S and Veolia Environment.”

May 2015 University of Helsinki cancels G4S contract over support for Israeli prisons.

January 2015 UC Davis passes divestment resolution, five other campaigns launched across US
“In a landslide vote — eight voting yes, two against and two abstaining — the student government at UC Davis recommended that the University of California system’s governing body divest from Caterpillar, G4S, Veolia Environment and Raytheon.”

January 2015 The student union at University College London votes to cancel its contract with G4S.

November 2014 – The municipality of Durham County in North Carolina, USA, ends its contract with G4S following a campaign by local Jewish Voice for Peace.

October 2014 – G4S loses out on a major Irish government contract following a high profile campaign by the Irish Palestine Solidarity Campaign.

June 2014 – The​ US​ United Methodist Church divests all G4S shares from its $20bn investment fund. The largest U.S. Protestant Church made clear that its decision was based on G4S’ role in Israeli violations of international law.

May 2014 The Bill Gates Foundation sells the entirety of its $170m stake in G4S following an international campaign involving a petition launched by 100 organisations from across the world and demonstrations at the Gates Foundation’s Johannesburg, London and Seattle offices.

March 2014 – The British Broadcasting Corporation elects not to award G4S an £80m ($133m) contract  following a campaign supported by notable figures including film directors Ken Loach and Mike Leigh, and novelist Ahdaf Soueif.

January 2014 
– The student union at the University of Kent, England votes to terminate its contract with G4S following an “outcry” over its role in human rights abuses in Palestine.

December 2013 – Abvakabo, a trade union with 350,000 members in the Netherlands, ends its relationship with G4S.

November 2013 – King’s College London and Southampton University, United Kingdom opt not to award G4S major security contracts following vigorous student campaigns.

November 2013 – The University of Bergen, Norway becomes the second Norwegian university to boycott  with G4S, arguing that it would incur a reputational damage costing $400,000 if it contracted the company to provide campus security services.
November 2013 – Cape Town, South Africa based Trauma Centre cancels its contract with G4S and issues public statement opposing G4S role in Israeli prisons where Palestinians are held without trial and tortured.

October 2013 – Norwegian union Industri Energy cancels its contract with G4S.

October 2013, The East London Teachers Association (ELTA) passes a motion condemning G4S’s complicity in Israel’s prison system and calling on a local authority to terminate its contracts with the company.

April 2013 – Human rights organisations from across Egypt, Jordan and Lebanon call for a boycott of G4S.

February 2013 – the students at Dundee University Students’ Association (DUSA) vote overwhelmingly in their annual general meeting to cancel their contract with G4S.

January 2013 – The Umeå section of the Church of Sweden announces that it will no longer hire G4S due to its role in the occupation and Israeli prisons.

December 2012  – The University of Oslo announces that it will terminate its contract with G4S, stating it does not want to “support companies that operate in an ethical grey area”.

December 2012 – Two Dutch charities, the Food Bank in Utrecht and Jantje Beton, which promotes free outdoor play for children, announce that they will no longer cooperate with or accept donations from G4S.

October 2012 – A report by UN Special Rapporteur Richard Falk criticises G4S as a prime example of a company that should be held to account for participation in Israeli violations of international law.

August 2012 – Danish bank Merkur terminates its contract with G4S, citing its “involvement in the Israeli occupation of Palestine”. The news was announced during a week of creative action against the company in Denmark.

August 2012 – British renewable energy firm Good Energy announces that it will end its business relationship with G4S.

July 2012 – Major NGO Danish Church Aid announces that it will terminate its contract with G4S.

April 2012 – The European Union decides not to renew a major contract with G4S following concerns raised by a group of 28 members of the European parliament (MEPs) and civil society groups.

January 2012 – Amnesty International Denmark announces it is to terminate its contract with G4S due to “because the company’s global activities do not live up to Amnesty International’s requirements for corporate action in relation to human rights”.

October 2011 – the Edinburgh University Student Association (EUSA) votes overwhelmingly passed a motion through its Student Council to cancel contract with G4S.

November 2010 – The Rehabilitation and Research Centre for Torture Victims (RCT) in Denmark ends its contract with G4S. Pat Nissen of RCT’s explained that “G4S as a company is helping to facilitate torture.”

September 17, 2015