Investigations and dialogue

Investigations and dialogue are at the heart of Swedwatch’s work. Our reports are the result of extensive research. We compile information and testimonies from employers and people affected by company activities on site and work closely with experts within our various focus areas.

Swedwatch intends to maintain a constructive dialogue with all our stakeholders; companies, investors, public authorities and decision makers. In our investigations, we offer all actors involved to publicly comment on our findings and we aim to keep an ongoing dialogue with them through follow-up seminars, round tables or in new investigations.

Conducting research and being present on the ground gives us a unique insight into the risks that companies need to manage when it comes to human rights and the environment. Our intention is not just to expose abuses. We also want to share examples of best practice and function as a bridge between companies and those affected.

Constructive recommendations

We have a critical approach to all sources, and our aim is to provide an accurate picture in which all parties have an opportunity to have their say. With sustainable development as our overarching goal, we place great emphasis on giving constructive recommendations, based on established international guidelines on business and human rights and on dialogue with people adversely affected by business operations.

If a party feels that the reports give a misleading picture or incorrect information, that party can refer to our complaints procedure.

Choice of investigations

The choice of investigations is made in consultation with our member organisations; the Church of Sweden, the Swedish Society for Nature Conservation, Fair Action, Solidarity Sweden-Latin America, Afrikagrupperna and Diakonia.