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Policies on International Issues

Current Policies

Title Decision at Background Policy Status Review Progress
BDS (Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions) movement against Israel Referendum, March 2015 The global movement for a campaign of Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) against Israel until it complies with international law and Palestinian rights was initiated by Palestinian civil society in 2005, and is coordinated by the Palestinian BDS National Committee (BNC), established in 2007. BDS is a strategy that allows people of conscience to play an effective role in the Palestinian struggle for justice. The Union resolves to support the BDS movement and to lobby the University to drop all investments in and not work with all companies that are complicit. This is current Union policy (referendum, Spring 2018) Spring 2021  
Boycott of Nestle Products Union meeting, 1992 In 1992, students voted to boycott Nestlé products in our shops & bars on ethical grounds.The policy was based on their aggressive and irresponsible marketing strategy as the world’s largest baby food company which was felt to encourage use of formula baby milk, especially in the third world, and undermine a mother’s confidence in her ability to breastfeed. The Union resolves to boycott Nestle products based on  a student wide referendum held in Autumn 2016. This is current Union policy (referendum, November 2016) Autumn 2019 Boycott is currently in place in Union outlets (excluding Co-op)
Boycott of Coca-Cola Products Union Annual General Meeting, 2005 In 2005, students at the Students’ Union’s Annual General Meeting voted to boycott Coca-Cola products in our shops & bars on ethical grounds.The two issues raised were firstly, claims of violence from 1995 and 1996 towards members of Colombian trade unions; and secondly, alleged bad effects on the local water of Coke's bottling plants in India.The Union replaced Coca-Cola with other drinks brands and has not sold Coca-Cola products since 2006. The Union resolves to boycott Coca-Cola and Nestle products based on a student wide referendum held in Autumn 2016. This is current Union policy (referendum, November 2016) Autumn 2019 Boycott is currently in place in Union outlets (excluding Co-op)