Corporate Watch is an independent, not-for-profit journalism, research and publishing group that undertakes research on the social and environmental impact of large corporations, particularly multinationals.
Corporate Watch is a workers' co-operative – we work non-hierarchically and share responsibility for the collective running of the organisation. Legally, Corporate Watch is registered as a not-for-profit company limited by guarantee, which gives us the freedom to express our political opinions.
Corporate Watch strives for a society that is truly democratic, equitable, non-exploitative and ecologically sustainable. Progress towards such a society may be achieved, in part, through dismantling the vast economic and political power that corporations have come to exert, as well as developing ecologically and socially just alternatives to the present socio-economic system. In the current political climate of economic crisis and austerity, the detrimental effects of corporate power are being subjected to increased scrutiny by the public.
With a 16-year history of corporate-critical research, Corporate Watch is in a unique position to help advance this mood through providing reliable information and analysis on corporations and their impact on society and the environment, and by raising awareness, supporting existing campaigns and kick-starting new ones around specific corporations or industries.
Since we began in 1996, our unique approach, encapsulated by our motto “information for action”, has had a significant influence on grassroots campaigns and social movements in the UK and beyond. Our rigorous, critical approach to researching corporations has made Corporate Watch a vital resource for campaigns looking to target particular companies, and a reliable source of original and cutting-edge knowledge about the latest forms and manifestations of corporate power. Corporate Watch remains the only UK-based organisation with a deep critical analysis of the structural features of corporations, which we believe is fundamental to tackling the roots of the problem of corporate power.
As well as money from subscriptions, sale of literature, and donations from supporters (see here
), Corporate Watch is also funded by grant-giving bodies, including:
The Barry Amiel & Norman Melburn Trust
The Andrew Wainwright Reform Trust
The Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust
The Joseph Rowntree Reform Trust
The Network for Social Change
The Polden-Puckham Charitable Foundation