The Executive Board has decided to exclude the company Honeys Holdings Co Ltd due to unacceptable risk that the company contributes to systematic violations of human rights, ref. the conduct-based criteria in section 3 (1) (a) of the Guidelines for the Observation and Exclusion of Companies from the Government Pension Fund Global. The decision is based on a recommendation from the Council on Ethics of 25 November 2020. The Council on Ethics has recommended Norges Bank to exclude the company after having considered workers’ rights at two factories that the company owns in Myanmar.
The Executive Board has also decided to exclude the companies Shapir Engineering and Industry Ltd and Mivne Real Estate KD Ltd due to unacceptable risk that the companies contribute to systematic violations of individuals’ rights in situations or war or conflict, ref. section 3 (1) (b) of the Guidelines for the Observation and Exclusion of Companies from the Government Pension Fund Global. The decisions are based on recommendations from the Council on Ethics of 2 November 2020 and 17 December 2020 respectively. The Council on Ethics has recommended Norges Bank to exclude the companies based on the companies’ activities associated with Israeli settlements on the West Bank.
The Executive Board has not conducted an independent assessment of all aspects of the recommendations, but is satisfied that the exclusion criteria have been fulfilled. Before deciding to exclude a company, Norges Bank shall consider whether the use of other measures, including the exercise of ownership rights, may be better suited. The Executive Board concludes that it is not appropriate to use other measures in these cases.