The Reut Institute is happy to present a new Conceptual Framework (click here) on the BDS Movement’s focus on Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and Socially Responsible Investing (SRI). This trend demonstrates the increasing professionalism and sophistication of the BDS Movement.

Although the anti-Israel movement promotes a comprehensive boycott of Israel, it increasingly shows tactical flexibility in its willingness to focus specifically on Israeli settlements in the West Bank. This shift in focus to the targeted boycott of Israeli settlements poses an acute conceptual challenge to the pro-Israel network. The BDS Movement has identified internal Jewish and Israeli divisions around this issue as an Achilles’ heel of the pro-Israel network. The polarization around this issue impedes the creation of a united and diverse Jewish and Israeli coalition against the anti-Israel movement.
To meet this challenge, the pro-Israel network should develop a strategy of “constructive ambiguity.” Due to the current Israeli political context, and the growing tension between progressive Judaism and the State of Israel, it is unlikely that the broad spectrum of the pro-Israel network could agree to consensus ‘red-lines’ on this issue.
This document also highlights the impact of the BDS Movement on multinational corporations. Corporations often respond ineffectively to the BDS Movement. This response is the result of a false perception of the character and dynamic of the BDS Movement, which weakens their response. This document includes several recommendations for corporations.

Jewish philanthropy should take a proactive role in confronting this challenge by promoting impact investing. The growing fields of impact and socially responsible investing are mostly dominated by private investors. Jewish foundations and communal organizations, which strive to generate positive social change, are natural partners for SRI organizations, and should actively seek out new initiatives in this area.

For further details:
Eran Shayshon, CEO of the Reut Group, eran@reutgroup.org, 0528732343


ARC Strategic Framework – FINAL JAN17 – PDF

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20171029 – Israel – World Jewry

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For the full document, press here: 20171108 GOI Structure V-a-V Jewish World

In this paper, the Reut Institute maps out the relationship between different official
agencies of the State of Israel and World Jewry, and presents the conclusions and
recommendations derived from this. This paper follows the conceptual framework that
Reut published in March 2017, which predicted the current “perfect storm” in the
relationship between Israel and World Jewry.
The Reut Institute believes that the relationship with World Jewry should be
defined by the Government of Israel (GOI) as a national security issue. However,
there is no clear national security strategy that deals with this issue, and as a
result, Israel does not have any clear policy regarding this relationship.
Since 2008, the Reut Institute has been promoting the concept of Jewish peoplehood in
Israel and worldwide through innovative research and programs.

See also our paper on the proposed Agenda of the 21st Century on this issue

The Reut Institute thanks Mr. Amnon and Dr. Katie Rodan for their generous support of this work.20171007_132529