Social Responsibility Guidelines

Empower, LLC is committed to economic, political, and social justice, economic equality and social equity, and citizen participation. We were founded to meet the needs of civil society organizations, such as NGOs, trade unions, worker and community-based movements, think tanks, universities, philanthropic organizations, and other groups affected by the unchecked expansion of corporations, finance capital, and state-based actors. Our mission is to improve corporate transparency and accountability by eliminating the strategic information gap between businesses and civil society stakeholders. We conduct strategic corporate research, provide business intelligence, and build civil society capacities to engage businesses in order to improve private sector compliance with human rights, environmental, and social responsibility standards. By bridging the knowledge gap, civil society stakeholders of corporations can build long-term power through engagement, advocacy, and the strengthening of democratic and representative institutions.

Empower, LLC seeks to advance the following principles:
• Solidarity and social justice
• Dignity of all work
• Equity, fairness, and inclusion of all communities and workers no matter their race, gender, sexual orientation, age, or disability
• Greater participation and representation for communities and workers in their local, workplace, and political institutions.

Our work and vision of change are not limited to a single country, issue, employer, or community. Transnational capital and its logic of unchecked economic and environmental exploitation are the culprits of the most pressing issues facing communities and workers today, such as economic inequality, precarious employment, exclusion from political processes, environmental degradation, and climate change.

We will not work for corporations or governments unless their interests specifically align with these Social Responsibility Guidelines both in the immediate and in the long-term. We will abstain from internecine fights or raids within or between democratic trade unions and/or other civil society organizations. Our mission is to reshape economic and social relations at their roots by promoting organizational solidarity and not by contributing to opportunism or sectarian conflict.

At Empower, LLC we pledge to hold ourselves to act according to the following standards of ethical conduct:
• Organizational transparency and compliance with all applicable legal regulations
• Accountability to our clients, as well as our board and members
• Respect for clients' information and privacy
• Duty to consult and inform clients of the findings of the research
• Engagement and participation of staff in our organizational decision-making.

We choose to only work with clients that we determine also advance these Guidelines.