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Earthsight is a non-profit organisation committed to harnessing the power of primary investigative research and reporting to bring attention to pressing issues of human rights and environmental justice. We aim to get to the core of an issue, using a range of investigative research methods to obtain first-hand, documented evidence of crimes against both people and the planet which is irrefutable and impossible to ignore. By following the money and tracing supply chains, our research also aims to expose the complicity of consumers and financiers in abetting these abuses.

Since its foundation in 2007, Earthsight has tackled a wide range of issues, from electronic waste smuggling to conflict timber, and from sweatshops to the ivory trade. The results of Earthsight's research, identifying abuses and tracking the associated products to their end markets, have received high-profile attention in the media and among policy-makers, and have led to changes in the policies of governments, corporations and financial institutions.

For the first ten years of its existence, Earthsight operated mainly behind the scenes. Our research lay behind many major exposés by human rights and environment organisations. It also contributed to reports carried on flagship investigative TV documentary series. Since 2016, we have come out from the shadows, choosing our own stories and publishing them in our own name.


Our Work
  • Timber Investigation Centre
  • Illegal Deforestation Monitor: IDM monitors illegalities relating to conversion of forests for export-oriented agribusiness, the largest driver of global deforestation. In partnership with Fern.
  • Gecko Project, dedicated to generating an understanding of how the complicity of govt officials and private companies plays a critical role in corrupt land grabs and the destruction of tropical rainforests.
  • Timberleaks: Dishing the dirt on the scandalous practices of the wood industry.


  • Tom Johnson, head of Research at Earthsight, a non-profit organisation whose mission is to promote the use of in-depth investigations to expose environmental and social crime, injustice and the links to global consumption. ref, ref
  • Sam Lawson, founding director. Previous = Consultant, Chatham House, Environmental Investigation Agency. ref, is also PSC @ Companies House, and the only shareholder..


Who knows? The website says zip.

ToDo: Earthsight is a UK-registered non-profit, limited by guarantee, Company No.9651082, CH