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SIGWATCH is a trusted source of data for the company. It gives the energy company visibility of global risks and emerging issues, enabling ESG issue forecasting and responsible decision making


One of the largest energy majors in the world, operating in tens of countries, this company has pledged to reduce its carbon emissions by 20% by 2030 and to achieve net-zero by 2050.


SIGWATCH’S NGO campaigning tracking is the company's qualitative data source of choice, which it uses alongside more quantitative social media tools to monitor trends in the oil and gas industry. Our data points complement the company's corporate issue tracking conducted internally.


SIGWATCH helps the company remain on top of pressing issues and trends, like ESG issue forecasting, whilst providing vital intelligence for the wider business. Multiple departments including government relations, investor relations, corporate security, business, and country teams routinely consult SIGWATCH data to understand issues and risks and support decision-making.


SIGWATCH data is used both proactively and reactively within the company. Teams share key highlights from their monitoring activity with internal stakeholders via weekly reports. Teams also use SIGWATCH data to respond to internal inquiries requesting more context on the NGO landscape, either pertaining to a specific topic or country. For example, when the company was considering developing an offshore play in a South American country, teams were able to provide a detailed analysis of recent and historic campaigning action in the region and in other countries, ensuring the company was not just aware of but also well-prepared for activist discourse.

The company says it not only uses SIGWATCH’s monitoring tool but also takes advantage of the SIGWATCH team’s deep expertise. Senior employees particularly value the quarterly analysis reports provided by SIGWATCH to assess key recent events, gain insights into emerging issues and better their ESG issue forecasting.

SIGWATCH’s founder-chairman Robert Blood regularly hosts webinars on topical issues for relevant teams; recently this included how the pandemic has affected NGO campaigning and what to expect in the future.


A senior employee says:

“SIGWATCH gives me the confidence that we haven’t missed anything, whether it is happening in the Philippines or Latin America, that could potentially become a corporate issue. It puts new campaigns and emerging issues on our radar.”

They cite a number of features that set SIGWATCH apart: “The advantage of SIGWATCH is that it provides global monitoring and monitors many different languages. Other providers are almost entirely limited to English, which isn’t always helpful when so many of the NGOs and civil society are campaigning in non-English speaking countries. Its huge database of historic data is also a major strength – and helps us observe trends. I’m not aware of any other providers offering that.”

According to senior team leads, SIGWATCH also adds value in the following ways:

Better decision-making through data-driven insights

SIGWATCH provides the insights required to make responsible decisions for the business. When the company was planning a move into an entirely new market, risks highlighted by SIGWATCH intelligence influenced its decision not to proceed.

Better response to issues through early warning

By forecasting emerging issues and trends, SIGWATCH enables advance planning and risk mitigation.

Intuitive, easy to use

SIGWATCH’s intuitive and easy-to-use desktop interface was widely cited as a great value add. “New members of our team wherever they are can quickly get up to speed on using SIGWATCH’s web database tools, extending the value of its data across the global organisation.”

A bespoke service

SIGWATCH’s analysis of the impact of activism is tailored to your business needs. Our team has experience working with clients across all sectors on the full spectrum of issues – from human rights to biodiversity loss to alternative energy sources.

What our clients say

What our
clients say

“In our experience, SIGWATCH is one of the few sources of ESG data we can absolutely trust to be reliable.”

Our company is based in Japan. Most employees are Japanese and we don’t really know what is happening around the world. SIGWATCH gives us visibility of the global ESG issues and trends we need to have on our radar.

With SIGWATCH, we’re able to absorb NGO data in an awesome way that
simply wouldn’t be possible otherwise. We can hear the NGOs’ voice, to better
strategize and get ahead of trending issues.

With social listening, we’re limited to knowing what people are saying only about OECD. With SIGWATCH, we see not only what is being said about us, but also what is being said about everyone else.

A lot is said and written about sustainability and ESG every day but no one,
apart from SIGWATCH, provides the big picture, SIGWATCH offers a comprehensive overview of what’s happening in the corporate sustainability
world rather than just a narrow snapshot.

“SIGWATCH is a good source to show that NGOs are watching us and watching our clients, and we definitely need to be aware of the issues they are bringing up.”