SIGWATCH is an invaluable tool for bankers, investment fund managers, lawyers and procurement executives investigating potential reputational and governance problems with customers and suppliers.
Because SIGWATCH draws its information direct from primary NGO and activist sources, it is far more comprehensive than traditional EDD research tools like press databases.
Unlike media sources, SIGWATCH’s NGO-originated data is also virtually immune to corporate manipulation or suppression.
With over 20 percent of the corporate entities in our database being local companies and partners in hard-to-track regions like Asia, Africa, and Latin America, SIGWATCH is especially useful for assessing global supply chain risk.
With all records already in English and accompanied with links to primary sources, informed assessments of problems uncovered can be made immediately, reducing or even avoiding the cost of expensive on-the-ground investigations.
SIGWATCH data can even tell you which on-the-spot NGOs you should contact to verify allegations and obtain an independent perspective, making it a one-stop source for end-to-end EDD investigation.
Geographical breakdown of SIGWATCH corporate database
North America 31%
Asia Pacific 14%
Latin America 9%
Africa, Middle East & Central Asia 3%
“Put simply, SIGWATCH gets to places other databases can't reach.”
The SIGWATCH data set, based on objectively harvesting the comments and opinions of thousands of NGOs updated in real time, is a uniquely powerful tool for enhancing ESG (environmental and social governance) screening and ensuring it is based on information that is reliable, accurate, and up to date.
It overcomes one of the biggest weaknesses of current ESG screening, which is the near total reliance on corporate self-reporting or indexes based on this information. NGOs provide the only continuous generator of independent and informed commentary about companies with which investors can counter-balance corporate spin.
Second, as NGOs are often willing to praise companies which take their concerns seriously and reform their behavior, information which we also capture, SIGWATCH can help discerning investors to pick out the ESG winners, as well as screen out the laggards.
NGO criticism and praise for each corporate entity and parent is calculated for each NGO action as a rating score, using a proprietary scoring system.
Scores accumulated over time reveal companies attracting more or less criticism or praise than their peers.
Scores also calculated by issue, so a company can be rated not only on its total score but also on any one of up to 1,000 issues, which can be clustered according to standard categories such as SDGs or the customer’s preferred ESG taxonomy.
Corporate ESG scores and associated data can be supplied in bulk though FTP or API transfer arrangements.
“In our experience, SIGWATCH is one of the few sources of ESG data we can absolutely trust to be reliable.”
Activists not only make the weather on many of the issues and material risks that affect your business, supply chain and investors, they initiate these issues, and bring them to public attention long before the media or other stakeholders.
SIGWATCH monitors approaching ten thousand activist groups across the world, tracking their campaigns in detail to reveal new or trending issues and to identify the industries and companies they are targeting.
With SIGWATCH, you get advance warning of these issues and how they are changing, so you can ensure your business is properly protected and take advantage of opportunities from activist campaigns changing public opinion.
If you are an investor, our data warns you of emerging material risks and helps you characteristic these new risks so you know how best to incorporate them in your materiality matrices.
With major new issues like plastics appearing seemingly out of nowhere (in fact, our data showed that the issue had been bubbling up for over a year before it broke into the media), early warnings not only save hundreds of thousands of dollars in misdirected effort, they also help protect an organisation's reputation from global consumer backlash.
In the last few years we have alerted clients to several significant new or accelerating activist-driven business risks, not only plastics, but also green vegetarianism, fracking, deforestation, and investor decoupling from fossil fuels, among others.
Over 19,000 companies, projects and brands tracked across 70 industry sectors.
Activist campaigns analysed by 1,000 issues.
New issues flagged as soon as they emerge, within hours of new campaigns starting.
Proprietary quantification and charting of campaigning trends gives you uniquely persuasive evidence to take to colleagues and higher management.
“SIGWATCH not only tells us where NGO interest is rising, but also where it is declining, so we can downgrade our communications activity and save time and money.”
NGOs and campaigning groups are the most effective manufacturers of corporate grief in many countries in the world today. They are also one of the most unpredictable. Not any more.
SIGWATCH monitors the campaigns of some ten thousands activist groups across the world to help companies see what issues are coming their way and how their industry peers are being targeted. Thus allows management to take early avoiding action or make a sensible change in behavior so what could have been a source of criticism becomes a cause for activist praise.
SIGWATCH’s data scanning reaches down to the level of individual brands and projects. If a named brand is criticized or praised by an activist group, or singled out for ‘naming and shaming’, SIGWATCH will spot it and immediately alert the brand owner.
We can also brief the company on the background to the campaign, the potential and modus operandi of the activist group(s) behind it, and advise how on best to manage the event to mitigate any damage.
SIGWATCH monitoring covers all the world’s significant economies and all the most effective campaigning groups (and we are adding new ones daily). We help getting on to a hundred organizations protect their reputations from unprepared activist attack – can we help yours?
“Knowing what NGOs are planning gives us confidence in our own reputation management systems.”
With the world’s biggest NGOs formally embedded in global institutions from the UN to the World Bank, and many multinational companies and financial institutions regularly engaged in dialogue with campaigning groups and other stakeholders, the question, ‘Should we talk to NGOs?’ has been replaced by, ‘How should we go about it?’
SIGWATCH’s wealth of data and experience working with companies large and small and across all sectors is available to ensure that your stakeholder engagement is both meaningful and productive.
We can show how you perceived by activists, how you compare with your peers, and where your peers might be succeeding that you can usefully emulate.
We can explain how other companies have achieved success in engagement, and also learn valuable lessons from their failures.
We can ensure you spend time with the NGOs most likely to give value, and ensure the engagement addresses the topics where both sides can expect progress rather than frustration.
We can also expose how key NGOs may be networked with your other stakeholders, so you can develop an engagement strategy that succeeds at all important levels, from government to shareholders to employees.
If you want to bring about a step-change in the way your organization deals with NGOs and other influential stakeholders, talk to us first. We can almost certainly save you a great deal of time and money in unproductive effort.
“With SIGWATCH we can quickly turn up which NGOs are critical, what they are saying, and who they are criticizing.”