What we do

SIGWATCH tracks and analyses activist campaigns to help organisations manage global issue and activist risk 

Through a global network of multilingual researchers monitoring all the world’s major and emerging economies in all major world languages, SIGWATCH observes how environmental, human and animal rights, and consumer activists are driving current and emerging issues and their impact on individual corporations and brands.

The data we gather daily is processed by our editorial center in London and distributed by email and through our desktop service to many hundreds of users across the world, to help answer fundamental questions as “How do activists perceive us?”, “Which are the dominant activists affecting our key issues?”, “How are these issues spreading in our markets?” and “How do we compare with our competitors?”, and "What issues are emerging that will affect our business in the months and years ahead?". 

Increasingly the most valuable insights we can give businesses is emerging issues and trends, derived from observing and measuring where activists are applying their campaigning resources. Activist groups are ‘early adopters’ of issues – knowing what they are worrying and talking about helps business understand the problems that might confront them or their sector.

Our core service is provision of activist and issue tracking and reputational impact data by daily bulletins and online data analysis tools built into this website. Corporate customers can purchase this data through  annual subscription licenses ranging in cost, scope and number of users. Opens internal link in current windowMore details 

We also have built a considerable consultancy business helping businesses understand what motivates activists and training them in how to choose and engage with NGOs to develop mutually beneficial dialogue and support. Many NGOs have deep knowledge of the issues on which they campaign and we encourage and guide businesses to work with NGOs and tap their insights to pre-empt future reputational and practical problems.

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