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America’s largest financial institution is the second main monetary establishment after Deutsche Financial institution (DB) to direct workers to keep away from motels together with London’s Dorchester and Los Angeles’ Beverly Hills Lodge.
JPMorgan (JPM) confirmed the lodge ban to CNN Enterprise however a spokesman declined to reply questions on its enterprise actions in Brunei and different nations that discriminate in opposition to LGBT folks.

Celebrities together with Elton John and George Clooney have referred to as on firms to boycott the motels after Brunei introduced in legal guidelines earlier this month that make homosexual intercourse and adultery punishable by stoning.

Clooney wrote late final month in an opinion piece for Deadline that governments are tough to affect however “you possibly can disgrace the banks, the financiers and the establishments that do enterprise with them.”

Coping with Riyadh

Homosexual intercourse is a criminal offense in 72 nations, in keeping with Amnesty Worldwide, and punishable by dying in eight of them together with Iran and Saudi Arabia. A lot of these legal guidelines have been on the books for many years.

Is the sultan of Brunei imposing Sharia law to clean up his family's image?
JPMorgan has performed enterprise with Saudi Arabia lately. It was one in every of a number of banks, together with Goldman Sachs (GS), Morgan Stanley (MS) and HSBC (HBCYF), that managed a $12.5 billion bond sale for state-owned oil big, Saudi Aramco, in early April.

The pinnacle of JPMorgan’s funding financial institution, Daniel Pinto, appeared on stage at a finance convention in Riyadh final week. The federal government of Saudi Arabia is attempting to reassure overseas buyers following the homicide of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi final October. It wants funding and experience for Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s plan to diversify the financial system away from oil over the subsequent decade.

However the occasion — attended additionally by the CEOs of HSBC and BlackRock (BLK) — was overshadowed by information that Saudi Arabia had carried out a controversial mass execution. Paperwork obtained by CNN present a few of the 37 killed claimed their confessions had been obtained by torture. A few of these executed had been minors on the time of their arrest.
JPMorgan Chase executive Daniel Pinto pitcured in London.

Brunei additionally will depend on oil income for its wealth. However the nation of 450,000 folks is far smaller than Saudi Arabia and affords far fewer alternatives for international banks and companies.

The Dorchester Assortment, which operates the motels owned by the Sultan of Brunei, stated earlier this month that “we don’t tolerate any type of discrimination, we by no means have and we by no means will.”

“We perceive folks’s anger and frustration however it is a political and non secular challenge that we do not imagine must be performed out in our motels and amongst our 3,630 workers,” it stated in a press release.

Chris Liakos and Zahraa Alkhalisi contributed reporting.

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