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 Research Links by topic A to Z

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Don't hurry. The word research comes from the the French word recerche (to search closely), from the Latin circare (to wander about), from circus (circle)...

"If we knew what it was we were doing, it would not be called research, would it?"
-- Albert Einstein

Topics A to Z:

ACTIVIST RESEARCH -- GUIDES & GROUPS THAT DO ACTIVIST RESEARCH

Activist Research Manuals from Public Information Network.

Association for Independent Corporate Sustainability & Responsibility Research (Europe)

Center for Corporate Policy

Citizen Muckraking from the Center for Public Intergrity.

Corp Watch (US)

Corporate Watch (UK) includes DIY Guide: How to Research Companies

Crocdyl Wiki database of corporate profiles

DataCenter

Dirt Diggers Digest from Philip Mattera

eActivist many social issues and a worldwide directory of politicians.

 

Endgame.org you're already there!

Environmental Background Information Center

How to Do Corporate Research Online from the Corporate Research Project of Good Jobs First

Internet Guide to Power Structure Research: Corporations

Jay's Leftist and Progressive Internet Resources Directory

Multinationals Resource Center

Probe International

Public Information Network you're already there!

Public Interest Research Groups (PIRGs)

Raising Hell from the Center for Investigative Reporting.

Researching Corporations from Corporate Watch.

Sourcewatch Center for Media and Democracy project documenting public relations and propaganda

 

ADVERTISING and COMMERCIALISM

100 Leading National Advertisers [PDF Adobe software]

Adbusters

Commercial Alert mission is to keep the commercial culture within its proper sphere, and to prevent it from exploiting children and subverting the higher values of family, community, environmental integrity and democracy.

Consumer Trap blog from Michael Dawson exposing capitalism, marketing & market totalitarianism

Obligation, Inc "reminding businesses and governments of their responsibility to children."

Center for Commercial Free Public Education

Center for Media & Democracy publishers of PR Watch.

Center for the Analysis of Commercialism in Education

Citizens Campaign for Commercial-Free Schools

Telemarketing Do Not Call List 1-888-382-1222. Firms that call numbers on the list face fines of up to $11,000 for each violation.

 

AGRIBUSINESS see also FOOD, ENVIRONMENT & HEALTH, etc

Agribusiness Accountability Initiative of the Center of Concern and the National Catholic Rural Life Conference.

Agribusiness Center of the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy is a clearinghouse for information on agribusiness corporations, news, and activist campaigns.

Agriculture of the Middle

Corporate Agribusiness Research Project Al Krebs, the master of agribusiness muckraking, monitors the economic, social and environmental impacts on family farmers, rural communities, ecosystems and consumers.

Farm Subsidy Database from Environmental Working Group.

GM Watch monitors genetically modified foods.

Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture

Ram's Horn information and analysis of the whole food system, including food security, biotechnology & genetic engineering, corporate ownership, agriculture and farmers, international trade, organic standards & pesticides, government regulation, and consumer's rights.

USDA PACA database of fruit and vegetable growers


ALTERNATIVES

Most of the Endgame website is focused on exposing the dysfunctions in industrial culture.
Here are some organizations which focus on practical alternatives and postitive action.
Earth Charter Community Summits website has a large
Resource Directory.

Breakthrough Institute

Community-Wealth from The Democracy Collaborative

Earth Share

E.F. Schumacher Society and SmallIsBeautiful.org

Green Challenge

Institute for Local Self-Reliance and New Rules Project

Local Harvest

New Road Map Foundation

OneWorld

Simple Living Network

Sustainability Institute

Sustainable Communities Network

YES! Magazine

DECENTRALISTS

Lao Tzu
Aristotle
Peter Kropotkin
Thomas Jefferson
M.K. Gandhi
G.K. Chesterton
E.F. Schumacher

Leopold Kohr
Wendell Berry
Ralph Borsodi
Jane Jacobs
Kirkpatrick Sale
David Morris
The Diggers

 

ANTITRUST see MONOPOLY

 

AUTOMOBILES

Sprawl-Busters

Culture Change / Sustainable Energy Institute and the Alliance for a Paving Moratorium.

 

BANKS

BankTrack network of civil society organisations tracking the operations of the private financial sector and its effect on people and the planet.

Bank Information Center

Berne Declaration monitors the role of Swiss corporations, banks, and government agencies.

IFIwatchnet monitoring international financial institutions (IFIs) such as the World Bank, IMF, and regional development banks.

Inner City Press covers banking, community reinvestment, redlining, insurance, telecommunications issues, etc.

Mobilization for Global Justice

Rainforest Action Network Global Finance Campaign

Stanford Securities Class Action Clearinghouse

Endgame bank links

 

BIOTECH

Campaign for Food Safety

Campaign to Label Genetically Engineered Foods

Human Genome Project

Organic Consumers Association

Primal Seeds untangling ourselves from the monocult.

ETC Group (Action Group on Erosion, Technology and Concentration) formerly RAFI (Rural Advancement Foundation International).

Union of Concerned Scientists

 

BOYCOTTS see also CONSUMER ISSUES & CAMPAIGNS

Boycott Board

Boycott Action News from Co-Op America.

Envirolink Boycotts

Karma Banque

National Boycott List from AFL-CIO.

 

BRAND NAMES

FindOwnerSearch Brand name owner search by Uchisearch

 

CAMPAIGN FINANCE see POLITICAL CONTRIBUTIONS & LOBBYING

 

CHILDREN & CORPORATIONS see ADVERTISING

 

CIVILIZATION

Derrick Jensen explores the spiritual, psychological, cultural, economic, and environmental underpinnings of our culture's unbiquitous destructiveness and asks for sane, effective, and appropriate responses.

Primitivism: Index of Articles

Social Criticism Review 1,000 online readings on modern society and its ills, with a focus on alienation between man, nature, and a dysfunctional scientific-technical complex.

 

COMMERCIALISM see ADVERTISING

 

COMPUTERS see TECHNOLOGY

 

CONSUMER ISSUES & CAMPAIGNS
see also ADVERTISING and BOYCOTTS and CORPORATIONS RANKED BY SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY

Commodity Fetish Times

Consumers Digest

Ethical Consumer looks behind the brand names and helps you to vote with your wallet.

Council on Economic Priorities From the folks who brought you "Shopping for a Better World." CEP ranks corporations on the environment, diversity, charitable giving, working conditions, family benefits, and community outreach. It's all relative, so Chevron and Citicorp have been on their Honor Roll.

Recalls.gov database of recalled consumer products from the Consumer Products Safety Commission, Food and Drug Administration, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Environmental Protection Agency, Coast Guard, and Agriculture Department.

 

CORPORATE CAMPAIGNS

Association Transnationale citizen portal on corporations (English, French and Spanish versions).

Aurora Institute

Business Ethics Network is a project of the Corporate Ethics International which builds the capacity of its members in their corporate campaign work, by providing education, facilitating collaboration, and increasing recognition of their campaign successes.

Campaignstrategy.org from Chris Rose.

Center for Corporate Policy working to curb corporate abuses and make corporations publicly accountable.

Corporate Accountability Project

Corporate Europe Observatory (CEO)

Corporate Power Information Center

Corporate Responsibility Coalition in the UK.

Corporate Watch (UK) monitors social and environmental impacts of large corporations.

CorpWatch (US)

Global Exchange

Global Response

The Corporation documentary by Mark Achbar, Jennifer Abbott and Joel Bakan, based on the book The Corporation: The Pathological Pursuit of Profit and Power.

 

CORPORATE CHARTERS & THE CORPORATION AS AN INSTITUTION

State-level corporation records summary and liks from LLRX

Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund includes a Manual For Revoking Corporate Charters and other information for individuals wishing to pursue charter revocation activities.

Corporate Rights portal from Sourcewatch.

The Corporation documentary by Mark Achbar, Jennifer Abbott and Joel Bakan, based on the book The Corporation: The Pathological Pursuit of Profit and Power.

CounterCorp sponsors of the annual Anti-Corporate Film Festival

Program on Corporations, Law & Democracy (POCLAD) Richard Grossman, Ward Morehouse and others urging us to redefine corporations rather than regulate them.

 

 

CORPORATE CRIME see also CORPORATE SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY and MONOPOLY

Alien Tort Claims Act cases from the corporate lobby group USA Engage. Organizations using ATCA to fight corporate abuse include EarthRights International and Center for Constitutional Rights and International Labor Rights Fund

Anti-scofflaw proposal to keep corporate criminals from getting government contracts.

Corporate Crime Reporter includes a report on The Top 100 False Claims Act Settlements.

Corporate fraud database compiled by Law.com

CrimeZyland

ECHO (Enforcement and Compliance History On-Line from the US EPA.

Endgame database of corporate fines & settlements

Fraud Digest reports arrests, convictions & sentences in cases involving fraud; reports civil and regulatory actions by the Securities & Exchange Commission, Federal Trade Commission, other federal agencies, and state insurance departments.

Government Accountability Project monitors governmental wrongdoing and protects whistleblowers.

New Internationalist reports on world poverty and inequality; their July 2003 issue featured the Corporate Crime Wave.

Royal Canadian Mounted Police RECOL database

Settlements, Verdicts and Rulings (Lawyersandsettlements website)

The Corporate Library investment research firm specializing in corporate governance and board effectiveness.

Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC) on federal government enforcement activities

US Federal enforcement databases from Dirt Diggers Digest

US Federal Trade Commission decisions

White Collar Crime Prof Blog

Ten Worst Corporations as ranked by Russell Mokhiber (Corporate Crime Reporter) and Robert Weissman (Multinational Monitor)

Ten Worst Corporations of 2005

Ten Worst Corporations of 2004

Ten Worst Corporations of 2003

Ten Worst Corporations of 2002

Ten Worst Corporations of 2001

Ten Worst Corporations of 2000

Ten Worst Corporations of 1999

Top 100 Corporate Criminals of the 1990s

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Global Exchange's "Most Wanted" Corporate Human Rights Violators of 2005

Global Exchange's "14 Worst Corporate Evildoers"

 

CORPORATE DOCUMENTS, GOVERNANCE, and SHAREHOLDERS

Corporate documents:

U.S. Securities & Exchange Commission (SEC) gives instant access to the annual, quarterly, proxy, and other reports filed by corporations.
EDGAR database for searching a particular corporation's documents.
SEC Form 10K annual report
SEC Form 13D shareholders with 5% or more of a company's stock
SEC Form 13F institutional shareholders
SEC Form DEF14 proxy statement (board of directors, shareholder resolutions)

EDGAR Online and 10K Wizard and Free EDGAR and EdgarScan provide access to SEC documents including insider trading and other information.

Energy utility documents Form 1 annual report submitted by major electric utilities.

Corporate docs available from U.S. states by Kathy Biehl at LLRX.com

Non-U.S. corporations:

The Scannery searches the websites of more than 10,000 publicly traded companies around the world.

Corporate governance standards from the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development. [PDF Adobe software]

CANADIAN corporations file their disclosure documents with SEDAR and SEDI is Canada's System for Electronic Disclosure by Insiders.

Strategis business and consumer information from Industry Canada, including corporate profiles.

Identifying shareholders of particular corporations:

Compact Disclosure (a commercial database available in some libraries)

Lionshares

SecForm4.Com insider trading

CNN Money company profiles and shareholder lists

Google Finance company profiles

MFFAIS

MSN Money Central - shareholder lists

MSN Money Central - insider trading

Yahoo Finance company profiles and shareholder lists

Reverse listing directory (EDGAR Online People) - find a person’s stockholdings.

Corporate directors:

Corporate directors are named in public companies' annual shareholder proxy form (Form DEF14) which can be found by searching the SEC's EDGAR database.

They Rule can be used to create maps of the interlocking directories of the top 100 companies in the US in 2001.

Corporate governance: see CORPORATE SOCIAL RESPONIBILITY

 

CORPORATE FRONT GROUPS LOOKING AT ACTIVISTS

ActivistCash.com, a project of the Center for Consumer Freedom, "provides the public and media with in-depth profiles of anti-consumer activist groups, along with information about the sources of their exorbitant funding."

Capital Research Center studies non-profit organizations, which it defines as "organizations that promote the growth of the welfare state." CRC principals include people from Heritage Foundation, Competitive Enterprise Institute, etc. CRC's projects include Green Watch.

Corporate Social Responsibility Watch (CSRwatch and SRIwatch) from the Free Enterprise Education Institute.

NGO Watch from the American Enterprise Institute and the Federalist Society.

ACTIVISTS LOOKING AT CORPORATE FRONT GROUPS

Center for Media & Democracy includes PR Watch, Disinfopedia, and other projects.

CLEAR Clearinghouse on Environmental Advocacy and Research from the Environmental Working Group. Tracks industry-supported backlash against the environmental movement.

Disinfopedia directory of public relations firms, think tanks, and organizations that influence public opinion and public policy.

Full Frontal Scrutiny exposes front groups that hide or obscure their identity, membership or sponsorship. A project of Consumer Reports WebWatch and the Center for Media and Democracy.

LobbyWatch monitors lobbyists, PR firms, front groups, political networks and industry-friendly scientists.

Non-Profit Organizations With Ties to Industry database from the Center for Science in the Public Interest.

PR Watch monitors the public relations industry.

Western States Center has a Wise Use Public Exposure Project.

 

CORPORATE LOBBYING ORGANIZATIONS (these are the corporate websites. For critical profiles see The Corporate Consensus).

Business Roundtable

Conference Board

Council on Foreign Relations

Industry Functional Advisory Committees (IFAC)

Industry Sector Advisory Committees (ISAC)

Transatlantic Business Dialogue

Trilateral Commission

U.S. Alliance for Trade Expansion

World Business Council for Sustainable Development

World Economic Forum (Davos)

World Trade Organization

 

CORPORATE NEWS

Local/regional business news from American City Business Journals

News by industry from Yahoo.

Business.com

Strategis business and consumer information from Industry Canada, including corporate profiles.

 

CORPORATE PROFILES see also CORPORATIONS RANKED and SHAREHOLDERS

Some of these websites are designed by and for corporations, so they do not provide much history or perspective, much less any critical thinking. But they are places to find descriptions of corporations' operations, analyze corporate documents, and gather basic facts. A more critical and broad perspective can be found under other headings such as CORPORATE CAMPAIGNS and CORPORATE CRIME and in Endgame's Directory of Transnational Corporations.

Gorporate governance rankings from Institutional Shareholder Services, covering board of directors, audit, charter and bylaw provisions, anti-takeover provisions, executive and director compensation, progressive practices, ownership, director education. Go to Yahoo Finance, enter the company' stock symbol, click on Profile, then look at Corporate Governance.

Corporate Information covers public and private corporations in the U.S. and in other countries.

The Corporate Library is an independent investment research firm specializing in corporate governance and board effectiveness. Their website includes Corporate and Director Interlocks in the USA.

Crocdyl is a Wiki database of corporate profiles by using a global network of researchers, journalists and nonprofit organization members, including the Center for Corporate Policy, CorpWatch, and Good Jobs First.

EuroPages the European Business Directory

FundingUniverse company histories.

Hoover's corporate profiles, rankings, links to corporate websites.

Pacific Sustainability Index reports on corporations and industries from Roberts Environmental Center at Claremont McKenna College

Yahoo Finance corporate profiles, news, shareholder lists, links to corporate websites.

US SEC EDGAR database of annual reports, proxy forms, etc. To search a particular corporation click here.

Sourcewatch Center for Media and Democracy project documenting public relations and propaganda

Strategis business and consumer information from Industry Canada, including corporate profiles.

Students for Informed Career Decisions

Taiwancorpwatch

US Business Reporter The Digital Research Tool of Business.

 

CORPORATE SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY

Big Insiders tracks corporate governance, insider trading, and political influence.

BCSD and Corporate Governance Principles

Business Ethics magazine lists the "100 best corporate citizens" each year.

Business Ethics Network

Business for Social Responsibility - Issue Briefs

Caux Roundtable

Center for the Study of Ethics in the Professions

Coalition of Environmentally Responsible Economies (CERES)

Code For Corporate Responsibility (C4CR) Minnesota-based effort to enact Robert Hinkley's 28 Words to Redefine Corporate Duties: "but not at the expense of the environment, human rights, the public health or safety, the communities in which the corporation operates, or the dignity of its employees."

Confronting Companies Using Shareholder Power: A Handbook on Socially-Oriented Shareholder Activism from Friends of the Earth

Corporate Accountability Project

Corporate Governance aims to enhance the return on capital through increased accountability. Good links page.

Corporate Library is an independent investment research firm specializing in corporate governance and board effectiveness.

Corporate Responsibility Code Book by Deborah Leipziger has a list of codes summarized [PDF Adobe software]

Corporate Social Responsibility Newswire

Corporate Watchdog Media

Council on Economic Priorities ranks corporations on the environment, diversity, charitable giving, working conditions, family benefits, and community outreach.

Council of Institutional Investors has a membership roster.

Dow Jones Sustainability Index

Ethical Consumer

Ethical Corporation

EthVest Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility database of shareholder resolutions.

FTSE4Good Index Series

Global Citizenship 360 (GC360) software data-gathering and reporting tool developed by Future 500 that tracks shareholder, workplace, community, marketplace and environment.

Global corporate governance index Institutional Shareholder Services and FTSE Group of Britain.

Global Reporting Initiative is a set of sustainability reporting guidelines.

Global Sullivan Principles

Goldman Sachs Corporate Governance Guidelines

Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility (ICCR) coordinates shareholder resolutions co-filed by different investors. While ICCR's members are faith-based organizations, its broader constituency includes non-religious groups who look to it for guidance on social issues. ICCR's website includes a database of social-issue shareholder resolutions currently being filed

Investor Environmental Health Network

Investor Responsibility Research Center (IRRC) provides research, software products, and consulting services to clients representing institutional investors, corporations, law firms and other organizations.

Journal of Corporate Citizenship

Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award

New York Stock Exchange Section 303A governance standards

NGO Guidelines from the Business & Human Rights Resource Centre

Northwest Corporate Accountability Project's David E. Ortman gives step-by-step information on the shareholder resolution process and guides you through the maze of U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission regulations.

OECD corporate governance standards [PDF Adobe software]

ONEREPORT SRI World Group data requests from 20 research and rating organizations.

Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises

Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) Principles of Corporate Governance

Pacific Sustainability Index reports on corporations and industries from Roberts Environmental Center at Claremont McKenna College

Responsible Shopper

ResponsibleInvesting.org Natural Capital Institute analysis of the holdings and screening categories of SRI (socially responsible investment) mutual funds.

Smart Growth Network

Social Accountability 8000 (SA 8000)

Social Investment Forum

SocialFunds.com

Stakeholder Alliance

Students for Informed Career Decisions

Trucost Plc emissions and natural resource usage in financial as well as quantity terms.

United Nations Global Compact

United Nations Norms on the Responsibilities of Transnational Corporations and Other Business Enterprises with Regard to Human Rights

United Nations Principles for Responsible Investment

CORPORATE SUBSIDIES

Center for Public Integrity

Citizens for Tax Justice

Corporate Welfare Information Center

Corporate Welfare Shame Page

Earmark Watch database of "pork barrel" spending measures

Export Credit Agencies (ECA-Watch)

Federal Awardee Performance and Integrity Information System (FAPIIS) integrity and performance of U.S. agency contractors and grantees.

Federal Contractor Misconduct Database (FCMD) public interest group POGO shows contract fraud and environmental, ethics, and labor violations.

Federal Procurement Data Center

FedSpending searchable database of US government spending by OMB Watch

Green Scissors annual reports from Friends of the Earth et al. 2002 report and 2003 report [PDF Adobe software]

Illinois Corporate Accountability

Institute on Taxation & Economic Policy from Citizens for Tax Justice.

No More Secret Candy Store: A Grassroots Guide to Investigating Development Subsidies, from Good Jobs First.

Stakeholder Alliance directed by former corporate accountant Ralph Estes, author of Tyranny of the Bottom Line.

State subsidies databases and State procurement contract databases linked at the Good Jobs First website

Subsidy Tracker from Good Jobs First -- tracks state economic development subsidies (introduction)

Tax Justice Network

Taxpayer Assets Project

Taxpayers for Common Sense

True Cost Clearinghouse economic, health, and social costs of pollution, worker exposures, and resource exploitation.

USASpending.gov Where Americans Can See Where Their Money Goes

 

CORPORATIONS RANKED BY NUMBERS (SALES, PROFITS, ASSETS, ETC)

Forbes magazine provides lists of the largest 500 U.S. public and 500 U.S. private corporations, the richest people, the highest executive pay, and an annual report on U.S. industry.

Fortune magazine ranks the largest 1000 U.S. corporations, the top 500 global corporations, the corporations most admired (by corporate executives!), 500 Asian corporations.

Forbes Global 2000

Hoover's Includes corporate profiles, rankings, and links to corporate websites.

Institute for Policy Studies Top 200 [PDF Adobe software]

Pacific Sustainability Index reports on corporations and industries from Roberts Environmental Center at Claremont McKenna College

 

CORRUPTION see POLITICS & MONEY

 

DRUGS

Drug Compay Watch Keeping tabs on the drug companies.

Drugs@FDA regulatory history of pharmaceuticals.

 

ECONOMIC ALTERNATIVES

E.F. Schumacher Society

Institute for Local Self-Reliance

National Center for Employee Ownership

National Cooperative Bank

Natural Capitalism (based on book by Paul Hawken & Amory & Hunter Lovins)

New Rules Project of the Institute for Local Self-Reliance.

People-Centered Development Forum

Research Foundation for Science, Technology & Ecology (Vandana Shiva)

 

ENERGY

Endgame Oil Industry Information

CleanEdge clean-tech markets, trends, and opportunities.

Climate Action Network working to promote government and individual action to limit human-induced climate change to ecologically sustainable levels.

Climate Solutions accelerate practical and profitable solutions to global warming by galvanizing leadership, growing investment and bridging divides.

Oil Change International exposes the true costs of oil and facilitates the coming transition to clean energy.

Sustainable Energy and Economy Network from Institute for Policy Studies & Transnational Institute; includes global map of energy infrastructure projects.

 

ENVIRONMENT see also TOXICS, HEALTH & SAFETY

Amazing Environmental Organization WebDirectory

Chemical Scorecard

Clearinghouse on Environmental Advocacy and Research tracks the industry-supported backlash against the environmental movement.

ECHO (Enforcement and Compliance History On-Line) from the US EPA.

Eco-Portal full text searches of reviewed environmental internet content.

EnviroLink The Online Environmental Community.

Environmental Background Information Center tools and strategies people need to confront corporate power. Strategy Guide, Court Research Guide, Proxies for People shareholder activism, Operation SLAPP Back.

Environmental justice principles

Environmental justice resources NYU Environmental and Land Use Law Center.

Environmental Law Alliance Worldwide

Environmental Media Services expanding media coverage of critical environmental and public health issues.

Environmental reports on corporations of them, gathered together by Hitochi Suzuki.

Environmental Working Group

European Pollutant Emission Register of industrial facilities by facility name, location, industry or pollutant.

Global Directory for Environmental Technology

Global Footprint Network tracks how much individuals, organizations, cities, regions, nations or humanity as a whole consumes.

GRACE (Global Resource Action Center for the Environment) includes factory farm, nuclear, public health, and corporate accountability issues.

International Corporate Environmental Reporting Site publishes expensive reports.

League of Conservation Voters Environmental Scorecard

MapCruzin

Millennium Institute: State of the World Indicators

Money and Environmental Politics from Environmental Working Group.

Rachel's Environment & Health Weekly

Todd's Atomic Homepage

Waterjustice campaigns against water privatisation initiated by the Transnational Institute and Corporate Europe Observatory.

 

EXECUTIVE COMPENSATION see WEALTH

 

FOOD see also AGRIBUSINESS, ENVIRONMENT & HEALTH, etc

Agribusiness Center

Campaign to Label Geneticallly Engineered Foods

Center for Food Safety

Consumers Union has a food safety section.

Corporate Agribusiness Research Project

Drug Compay Watch Keeping tabs on the drug companies

Organic Consumers Association

Ram's Horn

USDA PACA database of fruit and vegetable growers

 

FREE TRADE see GLOBALIZATION

 

FREEDOM OF INFORMATION AND PUBLIC RECORDS

FOIA Contacts at Federal Agencies

FIO.net resources for research
on freedom of information law.

Freedominfo.org
online network of advocates.

Freedominfo.org global survey
of information disclosure in various countries. [PDF Adobe software]

Government Accountability Project
has a National Whistleblower Center

How to Use the Federal FOI Act
from Reporters Committee for
Freedom of the Press.

LOUIS Library Of Unified Information Sources (US federal documents)

Memory Hole

OpenTheGovernment.org

National Freedom of Information Coalition list of State and National FOI Resources

National Security Archive

Project on Government Secrecy

Project On Government Oversight

Truth-Telling Project of Daniel Ellsberg

WikiLeaks

Search Systems Free Public Records Directory

Public records links from BRB

Investigative Reporters and Editors (IRE)

Investigators Anywhere Inc

Merlin Information Services links page

Getting Public Records
DataCenter's overview of FOIA and public records.

 

GLOBALIZATION AND INTERNATIONAL TRADE

Bank Information Center

Bretton Woods Project

BRIDGES Weekly Trade News Digest

Challenging the FTAA, NAFTA & WTO: Community Research Toolkit from the DataCenter.

Council of Canadians

Export Credit Agencies ECA-Watch

Focus on the Global South

Foreign Policy in Focus project of Interhemispheric Resource Center and Institute for Policy Studies.

GATSwatch

International Business Forum

International Business Research (Rutgers Univ) trade treaties, commissions, etc.

International Forum on Globalization

Federation of International Trade Associations

People Centered Development Forum founded by David Korten, author of When Corporations Rule the World.

Public Citizen's Global Trade Watch

Third World Network

Transnational Insitute (TNI) is a worldwide fellowship of committed scholar-activists working on democratisation, the global economy, peace and security, and shadow economies.

U.S. Trade Representative

USTR's Industry Trade Advisory Committees

World Trade Organization

WTO Watch from the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy

 

GOVERNMENT see U.S. GOVERNMENT

 

HEALTH see TOXICS, HEALTH & SAFETY

 

HUMAN RIGHTS

Aboriginal Resources

Amnesty International website includes Human Rights Links and country reports.

Business & Human Rights Resource Centre

CETIM Centre Europe - Tiers Monde

Cultural Survival

Global Witness exposes the link between environmental exploitation and human rights abuses.

Indigenous Environmental Network

Native Americans and the Environment

Native Web

Survival International

 

INSURANCE INDUSTRY

Inner City Press covers banking, community reinvestment, redlining, insurance, telecommunications issues, etc.

 

INTERNET SEARCH ENGINES

NameTraq gathers news articles containing specific last names.

Copernic has free software which will save and update Internet searches.

Highbeam tracks mulitple news sources.

NewsTrove tracks mulitple news sources.

Wayback machine from Internet Archive stores earlier versions of websites.

Who is? identifies who is behind a website.

 

LABOR (separate webpage)

 

LAND

The Land Lords

This Land is Ours

OneWorld's Big Issues Land Rights

Earth Liberation

 

LAW & LEGAL RESEARCH see also CORPORATE CRIME

Capitol Reports guide to federal and state agencies and laws.

All Law Internet legal gateway.

FindLaw gateway to state, federal, and international law.

FindLaw Documents Archive A-Z

LexisONE free online version of LexisNexis.

Nolo self-help law center.

PACER (ublic Access to Court Electronic Records) U.S. District, Bankruptcy, and Appellate court records

Zimmerman's Research Guide online encyclopedia for legal researchers.

 

LOBBYISTS see also POLITICS & MONEY

Hired Guns searches lobbyists by state and industry.

Center for Responsive Politics Start here for data on Incumbent Campaign Finance, PAC contributions, Donor Lookup, Lobbyists, and much else.

Lobby Filing Disclosure Program from the US Senate Office of Public Records

LobbyWatch monitors lobbyists, PR firms, front groups, political networks and industry-friendly scientists.

National Lobbyist Directory

State lobbying disclosure databases linked at Good Jobs First website

Tax Lobbying Report: Follow the Money Trail A public service of Tax Analysts Inc.

Where Are They Now? tracks Congressional staffers through the revolving door.

 

MAPS & PHOTOS

GoogleMaps

TerraFly

Virtual Earth (Microsoft)

YahooMaps

 

MAQUILADORAS

Border Information and Outreach Service

 

MEDIA

Search Tools

MediaQ PR tool that integrates media contacts and content

NewsTrove searches multiple news and websites simultaneously.

Highbeam eLibrary searches multiple news and websites simultaneously. Free and subscription versions.

Links to News Media

 

ABYZ News Links

NewsLink

Common Dreams homepage has good links to mainstream and alternative news sources.

Drudge Report major U.S. media and syndicated columnists.

WebActive progressive streaming media.

Yahoo News & Media Directory

Media Monopoly

Media: Who Owns What from Columbia Journalism Review.

Well-Connected includes a media ownership tracker by city/state/zipcode.

Big Ten Media Conglomerates from The Nation magazine.

CJR magazine database

CJR newspaper database

Medialens monitoring the media for corporate and government distortion.

 

MERGERS & ACQUISITIONS

Mergerstat

 

MILITARY see WAR

 

MINING

Earthworks (formerly Mineral Policy Center) protecting communities and environment from the impacts of mining and oil and gas.

Project Underground monitors oil and mining impacts worldwide.

Mines and Communities worldwide database from the muckraker Roger Moody.

Mountain Justice Summer fights mountaontop removal, steep slope strip mining, and other forms of surface mining for coal.

Who Owns The West? Environmental Working Group report on companies with mining rights on US public land.

 

MONOPOLY & ANTI-TRUST

Endgame list of corporate mergers

American Antitrust Institute

Antitrust Case Browser from St Olaf College

Antitrust Case Summary Browser

Competition Online maintains a list of Competition, Anti-trust and Regulatory websites

European Commission competition website lists mergers and anti-trust cases

Market Share Reports

Mergerstat

 

 

NameBase http://www.namebase.org/ index of individuals, corporations, and groups compiled from 600 investigative books published since 1962.

 

NEWS see MEDIA

 

NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATIONS

Lifting the Veil of Secrecy from the Center for Science in the Public Interest report on corporate funding of non-profits.

Guidestar database of nonprofit organizations.

IRS Political Organization Filing and Disclosure

 

NUCLEAR

Nuclear Information & Resource Service includes background information on nuclear-related issues, including economics, decommissioning, radiation, reactor safety, radioactive waste, and more.

NucNews compendium of news about nuclear, plutonium, uranium, radioactivity, arms sales, and wars.

Downwinders "Welcome America, We're All Downwinders Now!"

WISE Uranium Project

 

PETROCHEMICALS see Oil Industry Information Resources

 

POLITICS & MONEY

American Voter Hotlist Congressional Quarterly's links to political websites, with emphasis on the federal.

Buying of the President from the Center for Public Integrity

Center for Public Integrity investigative journalism to make institutional power more transparent and accountable.

Center for Responsive Politics Start here for data on Incumbent Campaign Finance, PAC contributions, Donor Lookup, Lobbyists, and much else.

Campaign Finance Information Center from Investigative Reporters and Editors (IRE). Includes database of federal contracts granted to corporations, state campaign finance databases, tip sheets for doing investigations, etc.

Common Cause Holding Power Accountable

Congressional Votes database from Washington Post lets you browse every vote in the U.S. Congress since 1991.

Electionworld

Federal Election Commission

FundRace searches donors by zipcode.

Guidestar database for tracking non-profit organizations.

Hired Guns searches lobbyists by state and industry.

IRS Political Organization Filing and Disclosure database of non-profit political organizations that contribute money to candidates.

Members of Congress and the people who pay them from Open Secrets.

Mother Jones 400 profiles the 400 biggest individual contributors to political campaigns.

National Institute on Money in State Politics Follow the Money.

National Lobbyist Directory

Open Secrets

Personal Financial Disclosure forms filed by members of US Congress and Executive branch from Open Secrets.

Political Money Line

Project Vote Smart Tracking the performance of over 13,000 political leaders: President, Congress, Governors, and State Legislators.

Public Campaign Advocacy group for "Clean Money, Clean Elections."

Soft Money Laundromat from Common Cause.

Sunlight Foundation promotes transparency and accountability by US Congress.

Tax Lobbying Report: Follow the Money Trail A public service of Tax Analysts Inc.

Transparency International global coalition against corruption.

US Senate lobbyist registrations

 

POLLS

PollingReport summarizes many current poll results.

Gallup Organization

Louis Harris and Associates

National Network of State Polls

Pew Research Center for the People and the Press

Polling Organizations (Yale University)

Princeton University Survey Research Center

Program on International Policy Attitudes

Roper Center for Public Opinion Research

Statistical Resources on the Web, Political Science, Public Opinion (University of Michigan)

Zogby

 

PRIVACY see also FREEDOM OF INFORMATION

ACLU Privacy Issues Archives

ACLU In Congress on Privacy Issues

Center for Democracy and Technology

Consumer Privacy Guide

Electronic Frontier Foundation

Electronic Privacy Information Center

Law: Privacy News from Yahoo.

Privacy2000

Privacy Digest

PrivacyExchange

Privacy International

Privacy Journal

Privacy Page

Privacy Digest

Privacy Rights Clearinghouse

Privacy Times

 

Progressive Populist

 

Progressive Review

 

PUBLIC RECORDS see FREEDOM OF INFORMATION AND PUBLIC RECORDS

 

PUBLIC RELATIONS

Center for Media & Democracy includes PR Watch, Disinfopedia, and other projects.

Disinfopedia directory of public relations firms, think tanks, and organizations that influence public opinion and public policy.

Holmes Report "knowledge and insight for public relations professionals."

Jack O'Dwyer's Inside News of PR

LobbyWatch helps monitors lobbyists, PR firms, front groups, political networks and industry-friendly scientists.

 

RECYCLING

Computer Takeback Campaign includes a directory of places to recycle computers.

Earth 911 Directory of Reuse & Recycling Services sponsored by Home Depot, Hewletter Packard, and ESRI.

Links to paper recycling from Endgame Clearinghouse on Forests & Corporations

Recycle My Cell Phone Campaign

 

REFERENCE WORKS see also INTERNET SEARCH ENGINES and TELEPHONE DIRECTORIES

Internet Archive

Library of Congress

Library Spot

 

SHAREHOLDERS see CORPORATE DOCUMENTS

 

SLAPPs: Strategic Lawsuits Against Public Participation

SLAPPs are often filed by corporations as a way to intimidate and silence activists. There are ways to fight back and protect both yourself and your activism.

General Information on SLAPPs from the California Anti-SLAPP Project.

First Amendment Project page on SLAPPs.

Survival Guide for SLAPP Victims

Organizations for Help from the California Anti-SLAPP Project website.

Civil Liberties Defense Center

 

SOCIAL CHANGE

WiserEarth includes a directory of social change groups organized into 46 areas from Agriculture to Democracy to Human Rights to Work. Part of the World Index for Social and Environmental Responsibility from Paul Hawken’s Natural Capital Institute.

 

STATISTICS

CIA World Factbook

EconData.net 1,000 links to socioeconomic data sources.

FedStats gateway to statistics from over 100 U.S. Federal agencies.

Librarians' Index to the Internet

NationMaster

CityTownInfo.com population, real estate, income, weather, maps.

 

Curious about how people in different locations commute to work? Need to know the time zone for anywhere in the US? Or the zip codes?

 

SUBSIDIES see CORPORATE SUBSIDIES

 

SUSTAINABILITY see ALTERNATIVES

 

TAXES see CORPORATE SUBSIDIES

 

TECHNOLOGY

Bytes for All computing and internet for the majority of the world.

Center for Democracy and Technology

Social Criticism Review 1,000 online readings on modern society and its ills, with a focus on alienation between man, nature, and a dysfunctional scientific-technical complex.

TechThuggery exposes companies in the tech industry that exploit monopoly power.

 

TELEPHONE & ADDRESS DIRECTORIES & PEOPLE SEARCHES

Anywho

Freeality reverse call phonebooks, reverse email and cell phone

Infospace (BEWARE of INTELLIUS charges)

NameBase

NNDB

Switchboard

USA-People-Search

White Pages people, businesses, reverse phone and address lookup, zip code, area code

World Pages people, businesses, reverse lookup, US and worldwide

 

TOXICS, HEALTH & SAFETY see also ENVIRONMENT

Accidents - toxic chemical spills: reported incidents through year 2002 are in the old US EPA Emergency Response Notification System (ERNS). Incidents since year 2000 are available by searching the new US Coast Guard National Response Center.

Chemical Scorecard map-based website to access TRI and other toxics data; from the Environmental Defense Fund.

Environmental Health News scientific links between environmental exposures and human health. Also publishes Our Stolen Future and Protecting Our Health.

Environmental Working Group

European Pollutant Emission Register of industrial facilities by facility name, location, industry or pollutant.

Health Alliance International promotes "the health and welfare of disenfranchised peoples worldwide and work toward more equitable delivery of health services;" its publications include Sickness and Wealth: The Corporate Assault on Global Health.

Investor Environmental Health Network

MapCruzin community mapping resources, environmental risk, chemical exposure, right-to-know.

Misfortune 100: largest air polluters in the USA

Occupational Safety & Health Administration (U.S. OSHA) databases include company-specific Establishment Searches and decisions by the OSHA Review Commission.

OSHA Data is a private for-profit company selling online and preprogrammed reports of federal regulatory compliance and enforcement data for every business nationwide. Custom hard copy and electronic data extractions are available by purchase.

Pesticide Action Network International and PAN North America and Pesticide Action Network Updates Service (PANUPS)

PVC: The Poison Plastic is part of the BE SAFE campaign of the Center for Health, Environment & Justice

Rachel's Environment & Health Weekly covers democracy, environmental justice, hazardous substances and technologies, landfills, incinerators, pesticides, organochlorine compounds, risk assessments, human and environmental health, corporate power.

Right-To-Know Net online environmental health and safety information, offering user-friendly versions of EPA and OSHA databases.

Toxic Alert accessible information about health and toxics from an alternative health consultant.

Toxicology Data Network (TOXNET) from the National Library of Medicine.

TOXMAP (National Library of Medicine)

Toxic Release Inventory (TRI) is a US EPA database listing toxic emissions from specific manufacturers. EPA also has an EnviroMapper but better databases and mapping are available from Chemical Scorecard, Right-To-Know Net, and other organizations.

U.S. HUD Environmental Maps correlate US development and housing programs with EPA information on brownfields, hazardous wastes, air pollution and waste water discharges.

World Health Organization has publications, databases, and links.

 

TRADE see GLOBALIZATION

 

TRANSLATION 

Babel Fish

 

U.S. GOVERNMENT

Capitol Reports US and US states agencies and laws.

Congressional Hearing Issues

Congressional Research Service reports from the Center for Democracy & Technology.

Congressional Research Service reports reports from Univ of Maryland.

Federal Awardee Performance and Integrity Information System (FAPIIS) integrity and performance of U.S. agency contractors and grantees.

Federal Contractor Misconduct Database (FCMD) public interest group POGO shows contract fraud and environmental, ethics, and labor violations.

Federal Contracts Database

Federal enforcement databases from Dirt Diggers Digest

Federal Procurement Data Center

Federal Statistics

Federal Web Locator

First Gov

Global Computing's guide to federal agencies

Global Computing's guide to U.S. states

Govee US states and local US governments.

Government, Law and Society

Governments on the WWW links to government agencies worldwide.

GPO Access from University of California

GPO Access to U.S. government databases

Juan Cabanela's Guide

LOUIS Library Of Unified Information Sources (US federal documents)

Thomas Legislative Information

U.S. General Accounting Office

U.S. Library of Congress

 

WAR

Arms Trade Resource Center - World Policy Institute.

Center for Defense Information

Fiat Pax militarization of science and the university

Military Spending Working Group - Federation of American Scientists.

National Commission for Economic Conversion and Disarmament

National Security Archive

Stockholm International Peace Research Institute

U.S. Arms Sales - Mother Jones magazine.

Military information links - US Naval Dudley Knox Library.

U.S. military contractor statistics - US DOD.

Foreign military contractors and US corporate arms sales in 2001 and in 2002 from Government Executive.

War Profiteers - from CorpWatch. Includes news and company profiles.

Weapons production databases - SIPRI.

Top 100 weapons manufacturers - SIPRI.

SIPRI data on military expenditure

 

WEALTH see also CORPORATE SUBSIDIES

Endgame webpage on wealth

annual bankruptcy filings from the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts (personal and corporate).

Corporate Profitability by Industry: US National Averages

European Corporate Governance Institute tracks executive compensation practices in Europe.

Executive compensation -- XBRL comparison of SEC data

Executive copensation Complete Compensation Database from FreeERISA.

Executive Excess from United for a Fair Economy.

Executive Paywatch from AFL-CIO.

Federal Reserve Bank has lots of statisics including the Survey of Consumer Finances.

New Internationalist Publications reports on issues of world poverty and inequality.

Public Education Network reports on national and global inequities.

Shared Capitalism Institute includes statistics on ownership.

Top Hat plans for executives.

United for a Fair Economy

U.S. Census Bureau has lots of statisics including the Asset Ownership of Households.

  

WISE USE see PUBLIC RELATIONS

 

WOMEN

Madre demanding human rights for women and families.

Womens Human Rights Resources from Bora Laskin Law Library at the University of Toronto.

 

 

WorldViews peace and justice in world affairs.

 

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