The University of Helsinki changes its provider of security services. The previous provider was G4S, widely criticized for its alleged human rights violations in Palestine/Israel and elsewhere. This can be considered a victory for the campaign that had demanded that G4S be kicked out of the University of Helsinki. I feel happy.
I am not in the position to make any official statements about the reasons behind my university’s decision to discontinue relying on the services of the G4S. The previous contract was over, G4S was bidding for a new one and lost the bid. Nevertheless, I believe it is clear that our campaign had an impact on the process. Let me briefly remind you of some of the moments of the campaign. Continue reading
Tämä on vetoomus sen puolesta, että Helsingin yliopisto ei jatkaisi yhteistyötään ihmisoikeusloukkauksiin osallisen turvallisuusyrityksen G4S kanssa. Continue reading
Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) talk has been created mainly to defend undemocratic governance of business. Despite these intentions, it expresses a crucial contradiction of capitalism. Among the great number of nonsense that has been written on CSR, the contradiction is clearly formulated in an often forgotten dimension of Milton Friedman’s famous CSR article. Also socialists and others interested in undermining corporate power might want to have a look. Continue reading
The World Bank claims in its official website to be ”like a cooperative”. It may first sound as if the Yes Men had hacked the site. Yet, it may also reveal how undemocratic institutions seek legitimacy by claiming to have what they most obviously lack. Continue reading