An edited version of this blog was first published on the Humanity United website on the 13th of September, 2021

This week WikiRate released a report commissioned by Humanity United that scopes out the opportunities and challenges involved in building an open and integrated data ecosystem for labor rights in supply chains. This is a post written by Aileen Robinson, program lead for Value Chain Transparency at WikiRate.

On the 15th of September, the WikiRate team hosted a webinar to present the report and demystify some of the strategies and tools that can be applied to open up data. …

WikiRate Insights Series

The WikiRate Insights project kicked off in March 2021 — an NLnet-supported endeavour to improve the usability of the WikiRate platform and boost the reuse of our open source code.

A number of enhancements have already been added to the platform and we’re excited to share the latest on how the project is progressing.

What has been done so far?

  • Proposal to enhance our search functionality: We have defined the technical specifications needed for a comprehensive search solution, incorporating search-engine-like capacities customized to help users navigate the platform.
  • Improved API discoverability and accessibility: An API is an interface that allows…

For the second year running, WikiRate has partnered with Fashion Revolution to host their Fashion Transparency Index on our open data platform.

The Fashion Transparency Index 2021 ranks 250 of the world’s largest brands according to how much they disclose on social and environmental policies, practices and impacts. The Index incentivises brands to be more transparent and encourages them to disclose more information about their operations and supply chains.

We believe the highest standards of transparency should not only be applied to brands, but also baked into the practice of corporate benchmarking to ensure that everyone has equal access to…

WikiRate is excited to announce the kick-off of the ‘WikiRate Insights’ project, supported by NLnet! The project hones in on the usability of the platform to tackle some of the most crucial barriers for users when it comes to gathering, navigating and extracting WikiRate data, whilst boosting reuse of our open-source code for other purposes.

Who is NLnet?

Since 1997 NLnet foundation has been financially supporting organizations and people that contribute to an open information society. It funds those with ideas to fix the internet. Check out the list of amazing initiatives here.

What can you expect?

Over the next…

We are thrilled to announce that WikiRate has been awarded the Thomson Reuters Foundation Stop Slavery Innovation Award 2021. Across eight categories, the Stop Slavery Award recognises NGOs, the public sector, grassroots organizations, journalists and businesses for their work in combating modern slavery around the world.

We were nominated for our work to unlock the potential of labor rights and modern slavery data through the WikiRate open data repository and our data collection, analysis and dissemination tools.

As part of this work we joined forces in 2016 with Walk Free to launch the Modern Slavery Act Research Project — an…

A new Research Report on the climate and environmental disclosures of 300 companies from Central, Eastern and Southern Europe, has recently been published by Frank Bold, a public interest law organization coordinating the Alliance for Corporate Transparency. The research was conducted to shed light on how companies report to the EU Non-Financial Reporting Directive (NFRD) (legislation that came into effect in 2018), and to improve climate and sustainability corporate disclosure policies to enable sustainable finance.

The Research Report found that there has been some, but insufficient progress in corporate disclosures on climate and the environment. Companies which provide sufficient information…

Advocating for better and more open data on corporate impacts, and engaging the public in the use of that data, is the foundation of the WikiRate platform. This October we were delighted to take part in the first virtual edition of the UN World Data Forum with a Ted Talk on increasing open data literacy in the time of Covid-19.

Our Ted Talk built on one of the main conference themes, Building Trust in Data and Statistics, with an exploration of the open data movement and our work to further corporate transparency. Through this work we are trying to not…

George Read, Master of Science candidate in Sustainability Sciences, University of Southampton

George Read, Master of Science candidate in Sustainability Sciences, University of Southampton, conducted research for his thesis using WikiRate. We asked George about his investigation and experience using the platform. Here is what he had to say.

What is your research about?

From the outset I knew I wanted to investigate the sustainability of large, industry leading companies in a field that is of huge importance as the world looks to become more sustainable environmentally, socially and governmentally. I also knew that I wanted to investigate the business and finance surrounding the sustainability of corporations. Fortunately for myself, WikiRate proposed a rough project outline to…

A vision for making corporate benchmarks open and accessible to all

Finding ways to measure and rank corporate performance is key to contextualising data about how companies impact our society and our planet. As public interest in corporate impacts has grown over the past ten years, there has been an accompanying uptick in new corporate benchmarks. The approach to transparency amongst benchmarking organisations has, however, developed unevenly, with some benchmarks only disclosing their high level scores while others put their full datasets and methodologies into the public domain.

Recent additions to the benchmarking sphere that have adopted a more open…

In this post, we share the positive experience of working with Zalando’s Tech4Good Guild, whose members collaborated with WikiRate to explore ways to create data-visualizations fed by WikiRate’s live API. As a first output, they have developed the Emissions Widget, an embeddable dynamic chart that displays the yearly amount of direct and indirect emissions of companies that are among the world’s largest corporate greenhouse gas emitters. The visualization uses open-source code, so anyone can access the code or embed the emissions widget into a webpage or blog.

A Tech4Good-WikiRate Collaboration

The Tech4Good Guild is an employee initiative and an open platform where Zalando…

WikiRate is a collaborative community with a mission to spur corporations to be transparent & responsive by making their ESG data useful and available to all.

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