Campaigns: Global initiative against War Profiteers

War profiteers are making a killing from war!

This is the index page for the Global Initiative against War Profiteers. For war resisters, war profiteering is wrong not only because it generates profit, mostly for private companies, but because it is one of the causes of war. The page that you are now reading is meant mainly as an index to online resources rather than as a comprehensive description of the campaign.

A project overview is available in English, with an earlier version in Deutsch | español | français.

Email newsletter

War Profiteers' News provides information on the new developments on arms trade; the increasing role of private companies in the outsourcing of the military and private financial institutions as they profit from the arms trade. It appears bimonthly in English and Spanish, and is available in two formats: email and static web versions.

WRI Statements

11 Apr 2014

Declaración de la Red Latinoamericana Antimilitarista por el día mundial de acción contra el gasto militar

La Red Latinoamericana Antimilitarista, red definida como una coordinación que promueve a través de diversas acciones el antimilitarismo en la sociedad, cuestionando la estructura militar y las prácticas de dominación en la región; hace un llamamiento a celebrar el día mundial contra el gasto militar diciendo: No queremos más armas para Latinoamérica.

15 Apr 2013

WRI statement on the Global Day of Action on Military Spending

On 15 April there were more than 120 actions worldwide as part of the Global Day of Action on Military Spending, an initiative coordinated by the International Peace Bureau (IPB). The day of action coincided with the annual release of SIPRI's figures on military spending. According to SIPRI, in the last year there was a slight decrease (0.5%) of the world military expenditure. However, China - the second largest spender in 2012 - increased its expenditure by 7.8 per cent ($11.5 billion). Russia - the third largest spender - increased its expenditure by 16 per cent ($12.3 billion). Annual world military spending continues at around $1.5 trillion dollars.

09 Apr 2013

Declaración regional por el Día Mundial de Acción Contra el Gasto Militar

El 15 de abril se celebrará el Día Mundial Contra el Gasto Militar, iniciativa coordinada por la Oficina Internacional de la Paz (IPB por sus siglas en inglés). Las organizaciones por la paz en Latinoamérica, provenientes de distintas y diversas historias y culturas, con una larga trayectoria de apuesta por la resolución noviolenta de los conflictos, nos sumamos a este día y decimos No más armas para Latinoamérica.


11 Mar 2010

A. deployments

To research deployments you need:

  • information on military units getting deployed
  • information on the structure of the military, in order to make a good interpretation of the information
  • information on how troops deploy and their logistics

1. A good starting point is the website of the ministry of defense and of the military - an overview of links to the MoD of the NATO countries

On these website you often find:

Other posts

01 Jun 2007

It was announced on Friday 1st June that Reed Elsevier will pull out of the arms trade and will no longer organise arms fairs around the world. The decision follows a high-profile campaign, coordinated by CAAT, which highlighted the incompatibility of Reed's involvement in the arms trade and their position as the number one publisher of medical and science journals and other publications.

01 Jun 2007

Statement by AXA

This statement is available as a PDF file by following this link: VA AIHI 050307.pdf

Response to the AXA statement

This communication by AXA on investments in producers of antipersonnel landmines and cluster bombs offers no concrete news on the point of view of AXA. The facts behind and within this communication are still shocking :

01 Jun 2007
The following is from their own website, so you can see how they promote themselves! "Blackwater was founded in 1997 from a clear vision developed from an understanding of the need for innovative, flexible training and operational solutions to support security and peace, and freedom and democracy everywhere. Our founder is a former U. S. Navy SEAL.
01 Jun 2007

Following the success of the campaign “My Money Clear Conscience” against banks investing in arms producers in Belgium, the Catalan organisation, member of the European Network Against Arms Trade (ENAAT), Centre De las d'Estudis per la Pau and other organisations have launched a new campaign against Spanish financial institutions and with a special focus on the financial corporation BBVA.

In their campaign manifesto they state: “The numbers of arms conflicts, the unjust wars against Afghan

01 Jun 2007

Shut down DSEi



Blockade? Party? March? Infiltrate? Invade? Picket? Clown? Dance? Light candles? Lock on? Vigil?

01 Apr 2007

With this issue we continue with our section on resources for developing your campaigns against war profiteers. In our last issue we presented a list of useful links for doing your research on the companies you want to campaign against. Now we move into developing your campaign. First looking at how to describe and analyse what you are campaigning against and for. And what is the change that you want to bring. The article in this newsletter is a shorter version of an article that will be included in the Handbook for Nonviolent Action that the WRI's Nonviolence Programme is working on.

01 Apr 2007

A Hydrocarbon Law which advocates a radical restructuring of Iraq’s oil industry was approved by the Iraqi cabinet in February. It was crafted in secret over an eight month period from July 2006, in consultation with 9 foreign oil companies, the US and UK governments, and the IMF. Iraqi Parliamentarians saw it for the first time this February. Iraqi civil society has had no involvement in the process – despite lobbying for inclusion.

01 Apr 2007

Amnesty International France and Handicap International France decided to break off all their insurance contracts with the French group AXA. This rift has been caused by AXA’s ongoing investments in producers of cluster munition and anti-personnel mines. These investments are strongly opposed to the struggle of the two organisations against these civilian-killing weapon systems. The decision was made public on the 1st of March, on the 8th anniversary of the activation of the Ottawa Treaty against anti-personnel mines.

For more information:

01 Apr 2007

The Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust in the UK ditched nearly £2 million worth of shares in the company in protest at the continued involvement of the company in the arms trade. Reeds are the organisers of DSEi the biggest arms fare in the world that is taking place in the month of September in London.

More information:

01 Apr 2007

AXA Financial Protection is a French financial group, that offers to their customers - individuals as well as small, mid-size and large businesses – a wide range of product and services that include insurance, protection, savings, retirement and financial planning.

They provide a variety of services:

AXA Assistance:

An international network of assistance and services for Corporate and individual clients.

AXA Assistance is present in more than 30 countries, on

Forum posts

13 Mar 2009


Protesta y acción contra la Asamblea de Accionistas del BBVA
– Euskalduna, Bilbo, 13-3-2009
BBVAren aurkako Platafoma

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05 Jan 2009

Martin Smedjeback. Profesor de No Violencia. Suecia

La noche del 16 de octubre desarmé armas destinadas a ser exportadas. Entré en la fábrica de Saab Bofors Dynamics en la ciudad de Eskilstuna (Suecia) y con un martillo corriente golpeé 20 lanzagranadas "Carl Gustav". Lo hice como miembro activo de la red "OFOG". Es probable que por
esta acción mis amigos y yo seamos sentenciados a varios meses de prisión. Pero los crímenes que estamos combatiendo deberían ser castigados mucho más severamente.