DanWatch

Profile

Country/TerritoryDenmark
Websitehttps://www.danwatch.dk/
In their own wordsTo “expose companies with trouble in the ethics department.”

Funding

  • In 2017, total income was 3.5 million Danish kroner; total expenses were 2.5 million Danish kroner.
  • DanWatch has received funding from Denmark (Ministry of Foreign Affairs [Danida] and Ministry of Culture) and DanChurchAid (see table below for further funding information).
  • The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark granted $837,494 (2014-2017) to DanWatch for a project called “CSR-Facility. Fonden DanWatch. A strenghened [sic] watchdog who shares all its knowledge and fosters a nuanced debate.”

Activities

Examples of DanWatch’s involvement in BDS

  • In June 2018, as part of its role in a broader BDS campaign to damage Israel’s economy through the financial sector, DanWatch released a set of articles on pensions and banks that allegedly operate in the West Bank. The articles repeated the factually inaccurate and misleading claims of Human Rights Watch’s report targeting Israeli banks, which makes false accusations and invents international law.
  • In 2017, DanWatch initiated the project “Business on Forbidden Land,” focusing on Danish companies allegedly conducting business in Israeli settlements and opposing the marketing of Israeli goods produced in the West Bank.
  • In October 2017, DanWatch claimed that a “DanWatch-investigation” led to Danish pension fund, Sampension, to divest from four publicly traded Israeli companies.
  • On January 29, 2015, DanWatch posted a publication as part of its “Tourism on Stolen Land” project, funded by DanChurchAid, which targets seven Danish travel agencies for allegedly “systematically advertis[ing] occupied territories as Israeli” and violating the Danish Marketing Practices Act.
    • This publication was accompanied by a campaign accusing the firms of failing to inform “the tourists that they will find themselves in an illegal settlement…beyond Israel’s internationally recognised borders.” This is a political, and not a legal or ethical activity.
    • DanWatch claims that were are “ethical” problems in the advertisements, and it feared that the tours may help Israel reframe the conflict. Instead, DanWatch sought to create a litmus test for Danish travel agencies, forcing agents to accept the Palestinian narrative.
  • On September 26, 2014, DanWatch released a statement, “Danish trade with cosmetics from settlements: AHAVA,” falsely implying that the Israeli cosmetic company AHAVA illegally extracts natural resources from the Dead Sea. This publication was reportedly a major catalyst that led several Danish retails stores to remove Ahava products from their displays.

Methodological Failures and Reliance on Biased Political Advocacy NGOs

FunderYearAmountProject
Danida2014-2017DKK 5 million
($837,494)
“CSR-Facility. Fonden DanWatch. A strengthened watchdog which shares all its knowledge and fosters a nuanced debate.”
2015DKK 5 million*
Approx. $740,000
CSR Pool “The Right to Food
2013 DKK 5 million
Approx. $740,000
CSR Fund: “Strengthen a watchdog who shares his knowledge and creates balanced debate.”
Danish Ministry of Culture2013DKK 70,000
Approx. $10,000
N/A
DanChurchAid2015DKK 196,000
Approx. $30,000
“for work on analyzes (sic) of the situation in the West Bank” in 2015 (link dead)

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