Ethical Investment Research Services

- Global Controversial Weapons Watch


EIRIS Global Controversial Weapons Watch has screened around 14,500 companies worldwide to provide investors with a complete assessment of corporate involvement in controversial weapons.

Some weapons are deemed controversial because of the disproportionate and indiscriminate impacts they inflict on civilian populations, the effects of which may continue many years after conflicts have ended.

Asset owners and asset managers who invest in companies which produce controversial weapons, or banks which offer credit to such companies, may therefore find themselves exposed to significant reputational risks.

EIRIS Controversial Weapons Watch enables global investors to avoid, or engage with, companies involved in the research, development, production, maintenance or sale of the following types of controversial weapons:

  • Anti-personnel landmine
  • Depleted uranium ammunition
  • Biological weapons
  • Laser-blinding weapons
  • Chemical weapons
  • Nuclear weapons
  • Cluster munitions
  • Incendiary weapons

EIRIS Global Controversial Weapons Watch in practice

Investors throughout the world use EIRIS’ Global Controversial Weapons Watch service to:

  • Apply a global screen on controversial weapons
  • Mitigate reputational risks
  • Enable informed engagement
  • Check compliance with norms and conventions on controversial

Features & benefits

  • 14,500 companies screened worldwide in a constantly expanding research universe. Additional companies researched on request
  • Tracks level of involvement in weapons systems, e.g. whole system, sub-systems or key parts and services
  • Full range of land, air, sea and other controversial weapons covered
  • Differentiates between controversial and non-controversial weapons; no need to screen out entire sectors
  • Thorough data checks and dialogue with companies when required
  • Based on fully transparent research methodology, research sources provided
  • Quarterly reports provide new updates, ownership changes and new companies

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