Say No to Arms

Passed by Student Council on the 1st October 2015

 

What will we do?

1. To mandate EUSA to lobby the University to stop providing a platform to arms companies on campus. This includes representation at careers fairs and other associated University events.

2. To not allow arms companies in EUSA venues including representation at careers fairs and other associated EUSA events.

3. To publish a statement outlining EUSA’s position on all arms companies.

 

What is the background to this?

1. EUSA already has several policies advocating divestment from arms companies (see Responsible Investment Campaign, Socially Responsible Investment and Ethical Investment).

2. EUSA and Edinburgh University People & Planet have campaigned on divestment for several years with successes including pushing the University to divest from Ultra Electronics, a company that makes drones, in 2013 and, more recently, pushing the University to announce that they do not and will not invest in ‘controversial’ arms companies including those which manufacture anti-personnel mines, biological weapons, chemical weapons, cluster weapons, depleted uranium ammunition, nuclear weapons and white phosphorous weapons.

3. EUSA has previously lobbied on this issue which saw a reduction in the number of arms companies being invited to the careers fair. 4. EUSA has previously condemned arms companies having a platform on campus and for many years has demonstrated against these companies (including BAE Systems, Babcock and Selex).

 

What beliefs motivate the actions you propose?

1. Companies involved in the manufacturing of armaments are not neutral actors; they fuel war and destruction across the globe by selling weapons to regimes with a record of human rights abuses.

2. BAE Systems, one of the largest arms companies in the world, has continually been given a platform by the University at careers fairs and other events. BAE's arms are sold indiscriminately around the world and their customers include some of the most repressive regimes such as Indonesia and Saudia Arabia. The company has military customers in over 100 countries and around 95% of its sales are military (SIPRI).

3. The University divested from Ultra Electronics due to their involvement in manufacturing parts for drones. It is thus hypocritical for them to continue to give a platform to other companies which produce parts for military drones ie BAE Systems who are in the process of developing the Taranis drone.

 

Submitted with 20 student signatures