WASHINGTON, June 25, 2007 (AFP) – The US Securities and Exchange Commission watchdog has added a link to its website listing dozens of mostly foreign companies it said Monday had disclosed interests in “countries known to sponsor terrorism.”
The list of international companies includes Australian, British, German, French and Japanese groups including HSBC Holdings, Unilever PLC, BP PLC, Siemens, Deutsche Bank, Total and the Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group among many others.
They are included in a listing of mainly international companies that have activities in five states the American authorities claim sponsor state terrorism: Cuba, Iran, North Korea, Sudan and Syria.
“No investor should ever have to wonder whether his or her investments or retirement savings are indirectly subsidizing a terrorist haven or genocidal state,” SEC chairman Christopher Cox said in a statement.
“The law already requires companies to report on any material activities in a country the secretary of state has formally designated a State Sponsor of Terrorism. Our role is to make that information readily accessible to the investing public,” Cox said.
The list on the SEC’s website, www.sec.gov, is compiled using disclosures from the companies mos