Create Impact with WikiRate: Online Forum 2017

In March 2017 WikiRate and Kaleidoscope Futures hosted the fourth WikiRate Forum.

Within the 2-hour session we shared exciting case studies, inspiring projects and had lots of discussion about WikiRate and it’s future trajectory. We were joined by individuals from across the globe, representing academics, NGOs, standard organisations and corporate interests. The agenda is available here and recordings, presentations and commentary are below.

Highlight Reel

This condensed video from the online forum highlights some of the NGO and academic presentations on research and advocacy projects developed on the WikiRate platform.

The WikiRate Journey So Far

Vishal Kapadia, Executive Director at The WikiRate Project e.V. presents the WikiRate journey so far, sharing the story of WikiRate over the last 4 years.

The slides are available to download here.

Tracking Corporate Contributions to the Sustainable Development Goals

Jonas Haertle, Head at Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME) presents a collaborative pilot between WikiRate, PRME and UN Global Compact, alongside support from Bertelsmann Stiftung to assess what companies are doing in support of the UN Sustainable Development Goals. The slides are available to download here.

Summary

Business Contributions to the SDGs – A Student Assessment

Morris Mthombeni, Lecturer at The University of Pretoria’s Gordon Institute of Business Science (GIBS) in South Africa, presents his experience participating in the Tracking Corporate Contributions to the Sustainable Development Goals pilot delivered in collaboration with WikiRate, UN PRME, UN Global Compact and Bertelsmann Stiftung. This is the second pilot Morris has participated in with the WikiRate project.

Summary

Modern Slavery Act Research

Katharine Bryant, Research Manager at Walk Free Foundation and Joanne Bauer, Adjunct Professor, School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University present a collaborative project between WikiRate, Walk Free Foundation and Columbia University researching the UK Modern Slavery Act. The slides are available to download here.

Summary

Mapping University Metrics Across the Sustainable Development Goals

John Callewaert, Director, Emerging Opportunities Program at University of Michigan’s Graham Sustainability Institute and Katy Boom, Director of Sustainability at University of Worcester present a project that begins to map university data across the Sustainable Development Goals. The slides are available to download here

Summary

  • 272 new metrics on WikiRate.org

  • 5 students from the University of Michigan carried out the research over 3 months

  • Provides a framework for universities to start to understand how metrics link to specific SDGs

  • Ongoing, collaborative process, between sustainability professionals, academics, students and the wider community

Forum Q&A

Engaging and active discussion between academics, NGOs, standard organisations and corporate interests. Questions included:

  • How does WikiRate support you achieve your goals?

  • How does WikiRate help you engage students?

  • What does WikiRate bring to the NGO sector?

  • What are the benefits of mapping metrics across the SDGs?

  • How does WikiRate enable you to compare data and companies?

What’s next for WikiRate?

Richard Mills, Head of Research and Vishal Kapadia, Executive Director at The WikiRate Project e.V. present on What’s next for WikiRate? including demonstrations of new WikiRate features and future projects. The slides are available to download here.

Summary

  • Metric answer flags, e.g. double checking, comments

  • Research groups

  • Formula metrics, e.g. Calculate metrics, scores and WikiRatings