Defense Research

Screen for controversial weapons and arms trade

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International conventions that ban the production and sale of controversial weapons as well as the United Nation’s Arms Trade Treaty are increasingly adopted by national regulators. But even outside of these regulatory regimes, exposure to these types of holdings can result in substantial reputational damage.

Sustainalytics’ Defense Research enables investors to screen companies involved in controversial weapons and arms trade.

The research includes our Controversial Weapons Radar as well as our Arms Trade Research. Controversial Weapons Radar provides research on companies’ involvement in the direct or indirect manufacture, sale or support of controversial weapons, such as cluster munitions and nuclear weapons, while Arms Trade  Research provides information on public companies selling arms to sanctioned countries or countries where there is a high risk of violence against civilians.

 

Key Benefits

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Compliance

Comply with relevant regulations and client mandates and align your portfolio to international treaties  

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Reputation Management

Manage reputational risk by expanding your Defense and Human Rights policies to cover controversial arms as well as the sale of arms to regimes where there is a high risk of violence against civilians

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Deeper Insights

Gain clear oversight of the nature of involvement in controversial weapons and arms trade and dive deeper into the issues with links to supporting sources and references 


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Analyst  Access

Speak directly to our Defense analysts who are able to provide more context and nuance as you dive into the issues

Global Coverage  

Controversial Weapons Research

All public and private companies with involvement  

Arms Trade

All public companies   

Regulatory Drivers  

Countries are increasingly signing up to international treaties and regulations that prohibit controversial weapons or restrict arms trade to controversial regimes. 

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Non-proliferation Treaty 

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Biological and Toxin Weapons Convention 

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Chemical Weapons Convention

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Anti-personnel Mine Ban Convention

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Convention on Cluster Munitions

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United Nations’ Arms Trade Treaty

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Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons

Controversial Weapons Radar Report Insights

The report provides background information on the involvement of the companies included in the Controversial Weapons Radar such as sources used, estimates of revenues derived from activities in the defense sector, and relevant corporate relationships.

 

Arms Trade Report Insights 

Identify companies that export arms to countries where they are used against civilians or where there is a high risk thereof. Learn about relevant arms embargos, which countries imposed them and read a description of the transaction with links to media sources. 

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