Zero Tolerance for Torture Pledge: REFUSED
We are often asked, "What is it that you do?" We tell them, humbly and yet truthfully: we do amazing things. We help solve big challenges. Technically complex, mission-critical challenges.
Documents on file with Reprieve indicate that CSC became involved with the renditions, secret detention and torture programme through its purchase of DynCorp in March 2003.
Among the “technically complex, mission-critical challenges” organized by CSC during this period were the rendition of the mistakenly-imprisoned German citizen, Khaled el-Masri, from a secret prison in Afghanistan. After months of torture, and the eventual recognition by the CIA’s chain of command that Mr el-Masri had been captured in error, CSC flew him from Afghanistan to Albania on 28 May 2004, where he was left by a roadside. His case is currently being heard by the European Court of Human Rights.
In December 2004 CSC sold off portions of its operation – DynCorp International and others – to Veritas Capital Management. However, documents on file with Reprieve indicate that after 2004 CSC maintained and developed contracting work for the US government, related to the renditions and secret prisons programme, through its Enforcement, Security and Intelligence Division. CSC continued this practice through 2006.
In March 2012, Reprieve wrote and asked CSC to sign our Zero Tolerance for Torture pledge promising that, in future, CSC would not be involved in rendition, secret detention and torture. Regrettably, CSC has refused to do this, taking the view that its corporate responsibility program “fosters CSC's growth by promoting and increasing the value of the company to its shareholders” rather than fostering actual responsible behaviour by the company.
CSC has been presented with awards for corporate responsibility by FTSE4Good and Business in the Community. Reprieve’s investigation calls the validity of these awards into question. Furthermore, Reprieve has recently written to Corporate Responsibility Magazine to ask how CSC's involvement in rendition would affect their ranking on the 'Top Corporate Citizen in Government Contracting' list.
In April 2012, Reprieve wrote to a number of the most prominent shareholders in CSC, asking them whether investing in companies complicit in rendition, secret detention and torture is contrary to their ethical commitments as investors and fund managers. Their responses are recorded on our page of Renditions Inc. Investors.
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