Divestment from Sudan

Submitted by Alisa Bajramovic

In 2006, in response to the overwhelming evidence that the Sudanese government was committing a genocide against people in the Darfur region, the Amherst College Board of Trustees voted to "divest any direct holdings, and refrain from future direct investment, in nearly two dozen multi­national companies whose business activities have been identified as supporting the Sudanese government." The Board felt that giving money to groups that financially supported the government of Sudan was contributing to the atrocities and therefore should not continue.

Trustee Resolution on Investments in Sudan

On a motion duly made and seconded, the Board of Trustees of Amherst College passed the following resolution January 14, 2006:

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Amherst College Board Votes Against Investments in Sudan

February 1, 2006 Director of Media Relations 413/542-8417 AMHERST, Mass.—The Amherst College Board of Trustees voted in January to divest any direct holdings, and refrain from future direct investment, in nearly two dozen multinational companies whose business activities have been identified as supporting the Sudanese government.