Corruption Watch is a unique NGO and activist organisation
Started by Andrew Feinstein and Susan Hawley, we undertake path-breaking investigations into cases of grand corruption in order to reveal patterns and systems of corruption, predominantly but not exclusively in the global arms trade.
We disseminate these cases through widely distributed reports, journalism and broadcast media, critically-acclaimed and best-selling books, film, a wide variety of social media, public speaking and other engagement with a wide and diverse range of audiences, as well as through our unique global network of NGOs, social movements, activists, investigative journalists, whistle-blowers and some legislators.
Where appropriate, we work with law enforcement agencies and prosecutors to bring legal action against perpetrators of malfeasance revealed in our investigations, and we lobby government and the corporate sector for changes to both the regulatory environment and the way they operate. We also assist prosecutors and law enforcement agencies in their investigations on request.
Our aim is to reduce corruption, especially as it manifests in the interactions between business and politics, in order to foster good governance, accountability and transparency in both the private and public spheres.
Our Mission and Philosophy
The mission of Corruption Watch is to detail and expose instances of corruption and its impact on democracy, human rights and sustainable development across the world in order to precipitate strong action against it.
We believe that corruption corrodes democracy, undermines the rule of law and socio-economic development in both buying and selling countries.
We are concerned in particular with the role that the private sector from developed countries plays in exacerbating corruption and undermining governance in poorer countries, and with the ways in which developed country governments respond to this, ranging from collusion to weak enforcement of rules designed to tackle it, where they exist. This is especially the case in the global trade in weapons.
We are also concerned with the way in which the failure to tackle the issue impacts on democracy in the developed countries themselves, especially where there is collusion between the private sector and government/political parties to keep rules weak and prevent information becoming public.
Investigate & Expose
The vast majority of corruption remains undiscovered. It is first essential to expose cases of corruption and to publicise them as widely as possible.
Policy & Advocacy
Based on these revealed cases it is important to engage both with policy-makers and law enforcers to advocate for changes to laws, multilateral regulations, institutions and practices to enhance anti-corruption efforts; and also with corporate leaders to change business practises and corporate governance
Given varying levels of political and corporate will to meaningfully address corruption, it is absolutely crucial to engage in broad activism to build pressure for change. This includes engagement with shareholders, political interest groups, activist groups and ordinary citizens.