Research and Monitoring


Business Research

How to do Corporate Research Online
Corporate Research Project - Philip Mattera

This webpage guide was created "to help researchers and activists gather essential information on any type of U.S.-based company, whether small or large, privately held or publicly traded."

Crocodyl: Collaborative Research on Corporations
A collaboration sponsored by CorpWatch, the Center for Corporate Policy and the Corporate Research Project
A website containing collaborative research from NGOs, journalists, activists, whistleblowers and academics from both the global South and North, on the profiles of the world's most powerful corporations.

Beating Goliath: A Resource for Corporate Campaigners
The Democracy Center (2011)

This resource examines particular methods and skills that are essential for effective campaigns against corporate abuse. It contains background information on corporate campaigning and highlights lessons learned from successful campaigns. This resource also includes detailed tools and resources on "organizing, research, strategy, communications, coalition building, direct action, shareholder and financier strategies, legal strategies, and consumer strategies."

Legal Research

Corporate Legal Accountability Portal
Business & Human Rights Resource Centre
"This portal includes concise profiles of lawsuits in which companies are accused of human rights abuses, and expert commentaries."

Introduction to Human Rights Legal Research
Washington School of Law (last updated May 2010)
A toolkit that includes foreign law research guides, a guide to journals and indexes, a guide to researching specific regions and topics, and a guide to UN document research.

The Labor & Employment Standards Library (LESLi)
STR (Specialized Technologies Resources, Inc)
This library assists with legal research on labor-related human rights issues. It provides up to date information on "labor, wage, and health & safety laws applicable to social compliance assessments" from over 140 countries. STR also offers analytical tools "to help make country-to-country comparisons of legal requirements, as well as advanced site functionality that allows searches by specific law criteria."


Making Maps that Make a Difference: A Citizens' Guide to Making and Using Maps for Advocacy Work
International Rivers- Freyja Knapp (2007)
"Mapping refers to any process that visually displays information at its location." This guide introduces "the power and process of mapping for communities facing destructive development projects."

Human Rights Documentation, Monitoring, and Impact Assessments

A Practitioner's Guide to Human Rights Monitoring, Documentation, and Advocacy
The Advocates for Human Rights and US Human Rights Network (2011)
This guide provides "a step by step guidance for advocates who want to use human rights monitoring, documentation, and advocacy in their social justice work. From framing an issue in terms of internationally recognized human rights to submitting a detailed complaint to a human rights body," this manual assists with a variety of human rights advocacy activities.

Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development: Training Manuals
A collection of training manuals focusing on fact finding, research, and documentation in the ASEAN context.

Getting it Right - A Step by Step Guide to Assess the Impact of Foreign Investment Projects on Human Rights
Rights and Democracy (2008)
The guide offers a step-by-step process for impact assessment teams to review positive and negative impacts of foreign investment projects.

Human Rights Impact Assessments for Foreign Investment Projects: Learning from Community in the Philippines, Tibet, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Argentina and Peru
Rights & Democracy (2007)
Through the use of five case studies, this report assists in developing and refining a methodology to help community stakeholders understand the human rights impacts of foreign investment projects.

International Human Rights Fact-Finding Guidelines (the Lund-London Guidelines)
Raoul Wallenberg Institute of Human Rights and Humanitarian Law
These guidelines, written for NGOs, offer assistance in fact-finding and report writing "with a view to improving accuracy, objectivity, transparency and credibility in human rights fact finding."

Training Manual on Human Rights Monitoring
Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (2001)
This manual provides guidance for the "conduct of human rights monitoring in United Nations field operations, but it may also be useful to other human rights monitors." It also provides guidance on human rights monitoring in relation to internally displaced persons, children, places of detention, elections, trials, demonstrations, armed conflict, and economic, social and cultural rights.