Our Research ProcessEthical Screening provides transparent and independent research into corporate activity, covering a variety of issues. The range of the issues we cover is developed in response to the requirements of our clients.
We start the research process by building up a picture of a company and its core activities and operations based on publicly-available information. Using our knowledge and experience to ensure a targeted and thorough approach to our research, we identify each of the activities that are of concern to our clients and assess the nature and significance of the company’s involvement to determine their correct categorisation. Where information on a company's activities is limited, Ethical Screening uses its understanding of the relationships between particular corporate activities and ethical concerns to focus its research and engage directly with companies to acquire the information.
Information is gathered from a wide range of sources including company reports, specialist journals, international press, magazines, NGOs, and government reports. We are careful to ensure that we review information impartially, taking particular care to account for the viewpoint and potential agenda of the author. The information we collect is analysed using a standardised methodology to ensure consistent and impartial treatment of the data, and we regularly review our research management system to ensure the efficacy of our procedures.
Where necessary we meet with representatives of companies and campaign groups to gather information but, in order to maintain our impartiality, we do not act as consultants to any of the companies we research, or campaign on any of the ethical issues we cover.
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