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At SIGWATCH, we believe that activist groups and NGOs are some of the most important stakeolders for businesses to engage with, and listening to activists can help companies proactively approach risks before and turn them into opportunities. We use unique analysis of global activism and campaigning to give businesses early warning of emerging ESG issues and reputational risks. This historical and objective data is brought to life by our team of legal and policy experts.

But one of the most common questions we get asked is, “How do you find activist groups to follow, how is this data collected and then analysed?”

In conversation with City AM, with whom SIGWATCH has partnered for their ESG Impact campaign, SIGWATCH’s Head of Research David Hamon breaks it down. Watch:

“How we find these groups is that they are out on the internet, just like the rest of us. That is where most of our monitoring takes place. It’s online, it’s on the public facing pages of these organisations and we gather this data together, put it into an objective format and we quantify it so that we can be filtered and so that we can then display trends.”

He added that these resultant trend lines are absolutely critical to the work of the Research department who use this objective data to prepare tailored reports and dive deep into the targetting of a particular industry or company by activists.

“These trends are giving us the sign of what is rising up the agenda, what is it that companies now need to pay attention to because at some point, this activism is going to materially change their operating landscape and they need to be prepared for that.”

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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.”