Wednesday, August 23, 2006

Reed Elsevier and the arms trade

Via Making Light comes a piece of disturbing news:
Reed Elsevier is a publishing company with an arms trade problem. While the bulk of their business is in scientific, medical and educational publishing, they also - through their subsidiaries Reed Exhibitions and Spearhead Exhibitions - organise arms fairs around the world. These include events in Brazil, Taiwan, the Netherlands, Singapore, and in the UK, one of largest arms fairs in the world, DSEi (Defence Systems and Equipment International), which is held bi-annually in London Docklands (next due September 2007).
Read more here.

Note that Reed Exhibitions also organizes BookExpo Canada.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Yes, this is disturbing and there is also a lot of internal pressure within Reed Elsevier to change the company approach to this. Ethics should always take precedence over revenues. Corporate Ethics need to be more than byline in company reports.