MultiWatch was founded in March 2005 with the purpose of observing and making public the human rights violations of Swiss multinational corporations. MultiWatch is a broad coalition of non-profit organisations, trade unions, political parties and organisations critical of globalisation.
The first big project undertaken by MultiWatch was to organise the event «Nestlé: a formal hearing of Nestlé in Columbia and an international forum on Nestlé» in autumn of 2005.
Currently MultiWatch has a paid part-time position for information and documentation work. The focus of the union centres on creating dossiers on selected Swiss companies, and the documentation of single incidents of human rights violations by Swiss multinational corporations. As a result of this work, MultiWatch organises campaigns and networking possibilities as well as cooperation in Switzerland with the concerned parties.