Several months back, the University of Oslo banned the Norwegian security services company G4S, on the very unlikely ground that its sister company in Israel is said to contribute to Human rights breaches. Not only did the University of Oslo rescind their contract with G4S, but denied them participation in the public tender for new contracts. This, the Norwegian G4S found ludicrous and intolerable and took the University to court. Now the verdict has been read, and the University of Oslo has been told that the pretext of alleged human rights breaches is not a valid reason for shutting a legal company out of the market, and that they now have to allow the G4S to enter the public tender tender. It is particularly invalid to cite human rights breaches by a foreign sister company that does not participate in the Norwegian market to block a Norwegian company.
So that leaves the University of Oslo with a lot of egg on face, and with a very tatty reputation it will take some effort to repair.
of a complaint from the security company G4S that were excluded from offering security services to the University of Oslo because of a campaign that were driven by activists from Palestinakomiteen, Norsk Foklehjälp and one of the Unions (Fagforbundet).The University excluded G4S because a branch of th ecompany has activities in prisons and other facilities in the occupied territories and UIO considered it to be contrary to their ethical principles to cooperate with “such a company”.The G4S complaint won approval from the committee for “complaints on acquisitions in the public sector”, so now the UIO are forced to consider the offer also from G4S. ( G4S had the function up to now but the contract was terminated after the activists campaign last year).Rector Ole-Petter Ottersen says he accpets the conclusion although he disagrees with the reasons for the decision. The reasons (Haven’t read the details) seem to be a) The Norwegian G4S branch are not to be considered part of the Israel G4S company b) There University can not exclude a Norwegian company from giving an offer because of the University’s subjective ethical judgements.MIFF refer to a report earlier this week in VG