Robasciotti & Philipson, a Black-owned investment firm, has created a bold and comprehensive racial justice screen for publicly traded companies. The list contains companies Robasciotti & Philipson excluded from their portfolios based on their racial justice screen, so others can freely access this data.
Reason for Exclusion:
- Prison Involvement is an exclusion factor because, “Racial and ethnic disparities are still a substantial feature of our prison system,” contributing to “blacks and Latinos comprising 56% of the incarcerated population, yet only 30% of the U.S. population.” (The Sentencing Project), while “Native Americans are incarcerated 38% higher than the national average.” (Poor People’s Campaign).
- Money Bail Involvement is an exclusion factor because, “If people cannot pay the amount set for their bail, which is often put intentionally out of reach for people of color, they remain stuck in jail and lose the ability to work, raise their children and be free as people who are legally presumed innocent.” Color of Change
- Surveillance is an exclusion factor because, “As long as publicly funded properties are allowed to install these invasive surveillance tools, Black residents and marginalized communities will continue to be disproportionately exposed to the dangers of unchecked policing, surveillance, and discrimination.” Color of Change
- Immigrant Detention is an exclusion factor because this practice is “…rooted in white supremacy built on the systemic criminalization, commodification, and dehumanization of Black, brown, and indigenous bodies.” Race Forward
- For-Profit Colleges is an exclusion factor because, “The industry specifically targets low-income students, people of color, single parents, and veterans” and “students are left with mountains of debt and without the means to pay for it. For-profit colleges account for 13% of the student population, but 33% of federal loan defaults.” Project on Predatory Student Lending
- Occupied Territories is an exclusion factor because, “In the occupied West Bank, Palestinians are subject to Israeli military law, while Israelis who reside in Jewish-only illegal settlements are subject to Israeli civilian law. Human Rights Watch called this two-tiered system ‘separate and unequal,’ invoking the US legal doctrine that allowed racial segregation under Jim Crow laws in the US, and added that Israel gives ‘preferential services, development, and benefits for Jewish settlers while imposing harsh conditions on Palestinians.’” American Friends Service Committee
Robasciotti & Philipson:
We are aware that this exclusion criterion can be controversial. Companies are excluded based on their participation in systems that enable systemic racism globally. This includes companies “…whose business policies or practices discriminate either between Jewish and Palestinian citizens of Israel or between Israeli citizens and Palestinians living under Israel’s military occupation.” This criterion was chosen in deep relationship with our social justice partners, unflinching solidarity with the Movement for Black Lives, and with extensive research and analysis provided by three highly respected institutions: the American Friends Service Committee (the Quakers), Human Rights Watch, and the United Nations. Furthermore, during the complex process of drawing up their database, the UN Working Group on Business and Human Rights held widespread discussions with numerous states, civil society organizations, think tanks, academics, and others, as well as having extensive interactions with the companies themselves. In Human Rights Watch’s most recent report, of the 112 business entities identified, 94 are domiciled in Israel and 18 are in other countries. Our commitment to ending racism doesn’t stop at US borders; we work in solidarity with global movements.
It is helpful to note that although there appears to be a larger number of companies excluded in this category, that is a result of the fact that there are simply more companies that fit this particular criterion.