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Investigating Companies: A Do-It-Yourself Handbook

Investigating Companies: A Do-It-Yourself Handbook

Corporate Watch's new Do-It-Yourself Handbook shows you how to investigate a company.

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“An invaluable guide. It helps to make the task of concerned citizens a little less daunting.” - Professor Sue Richards, Keep Our NHS Public

“If you want to know what’s really going on, you need to investigate. This handbook shows how.” - Clare Sambrook, Shine a Light project, openDemocracy. Co-founder End Child Detention Now. Award-winning investigative reporter

"Going beyond mere rhetoric, Corporate Watch's DIY handbook finally gives campaigners the means to challenge corporate power. An essential weapon in the activist's tool-kit" - Dr Guddi Singh, Medact

Want to know more about a company but don’t know where to look?

Corporate Watch's new Do-It-Yourself Handbook shows you how to look into a company you’ve got an issue with, and how to find and understand key pieces of information about it, including:

- Who owns and runs it, and how much they are making;

- The impact of its operations;

- How much money it has, how much profit it is making and how much debt it is in;

- Details of public service and government contracts it has;

- Links with politicians;

- Its legal and regulatory duties.

The handbook also includes guides to:

- Reading company accounts;

- Understanding company law, ownership and financing;

- Making freedom of information requests;

- Searching the web;

- Talking to the company, workers and people affected by it;

and includes extensive company, government, business information and critical sources.

The focus is on UK companies but most of the information is relevant to companies wherever they are based.