Introduction to WikiRate
Welcome to WikiRate, the open research platform bringing together diverse minds to design, develop, discuss, hone, populate and share metrics on corporate performance. WikiRate is a place where you can find the answers to questions that matter. Content on WikiRate is produced and maintained by the community and this page explains how it works.
Join our community today to start contributing. As a member you will have a profile page sharing information about your contributions and interest areas. To view your profile click your username in the top right corner. Follow content to receive notifications when someone edits or votes on metrics or pages important to you. If you forget your password go to the sign in page and click reset password.
Company profiles display both the performance and contributions from any organisation represented as a company on WikiRate. We have more than 20,000 companies on the platform, and this number is growing all the time. If you would like to add a new company click here and enter the company’s full name, location of headquarters and upload their logo.
Researching Metric Values
Metrics measure an aspect of company performance in a given year and each metric value must have a source. Researching metric answers is vital to supporting our work and growing a knowledge base on corporate performance. To add a value follow these steps:
1. Find the metric you would like to answer
2. Filter metric value to Not researched or enter the company's name
3. Click Research answer
4. Select the year
5. Upload the source where you found the answer, and click cite
6. Enter all relevant details and click submit.
Adding & Tagging New Sources
Sources can be added to WikiRate as a URL, file upload or report. All metric values on WikiRate must be traced back to a source, these can be company reports, news articles, websites and so on. To add a source click here and fill in the relevant details and make sure to tag the relevant company and select a report type.
It is important to assess the credibility of a source, researchers should consider who produced it and whether they have a good or bad track record of reliable, unbiased reporting. Leave comments in the discussion box on the source details tab to make a case for whether a source is credible or not.
Join a Research Group
To join a Research Group, choose one you would like to join and click add researchers or double click on the space below Researchers, then add your WikiRate username to the field and hit submit.
Research groups track the work of the users who are a part of the group, in connection with a specific Project, so that you can see your progress in relation to your peers. Each group also has a place to create conversations on different topics so that you can communicate between yourselves and other WikiRate users.
Project are a great way to organise companies and metrics around certain topics and help us gather data and build a picture of company performance. WikiRate hosts a wide range of projects, you can find the full list here, or add a new Project. There are two types of project pages:
Open - any user can add research to this project.
Moderated - a project designed for a specific group of users, generally projects being used as a teaching tool for a specific class or course. These groups should be clearly identifiable from the project title, logo and description.
Current open projects include:
UK Modern Slavery Act Research: designed in collaboration with the Walk Free Foundation, this project is currently in its early stages, the aim is to analyse all of the statements produced by companies in accordance with the Modern Slavery Act. WFF are looking for your help, not just with collecting data, but with improving the metrics and methodologies we use to collect data.
Investigating Mineral Sourcing Practices: designed in collaboration with Amnesty International, this project to set up to research what companies are doing to ensure they source minerals responsibly and to create a database of their mineral sourcing and usage practices.
Once you have identified or been assigned a project to research read over the project description and when you are ready to research, click the research answer button next to the company of your choice. Further guidance on adding, editing and checking data is available here.
Create a New Metric (advanced)
If there is a question about companies' performance that you think is important to know about, and there are not any existing metrics that capture this information, then it’s time to create a new Metric!
On the Metric page click “Add Metric”, which will direct you to a form where you can fill in the following information:
Metric Name: This follows the format “Metric Designer+Metric Title. Metric Designer is the person or organisation that thought up the metric. The Metric Title is a clear, succinct title that can be shown all over Wikirate when the metric appears in a list).– for example “Total Waste Recycled”, as seen in the image below.
Question: Formulate the question your metric is asking about companies. Try to be as concise and thorough as possible. Make sure to include the unit measure if relevant.
Topics: Topics function like tags, helping others to find your metric. Add topics such as a specific sustainability topic, Metric Designer (in the example case GRI), and codes that may be linked to the metric (such as G4-EN23)
Value type: Select one of the following types:
Number - Number cards can contain only numerical values
Money - this is automatically set as US dollars
Category – for example, 'Yes' / 'No'
Free Text – for questions that require a qualitative response, or have a variety of possible responses (like Country or Region)
Research Policy: To allow other WikiRate users to help research values for this Metric, select Community Assessed (this is the most common Research Policy selection for WikiRate users). Designer Assessed metrics are researched by independent organisations and imported onto WikiRate - these allow only the metric designer to add new values.
Report type: Select the type of report that can be used to find the values specific to this metric (CSR / Conflict Minerals).
The image below shows this form as filled out.
After clicking Submit, your Metric has been created, and the next stage is to fill in your About and Methodology sections. You can always add more detail or edit them after further research.
About: Provide a short description of what this Metric is about, its relevance, why companies report on this and how it is valuable. Any information that sheds light on what the metric means is important to note.
Methodology: Rule of thumb is to keep this simple to begin with, and improve upon it once the metric value research is underway. In the below example, we start with details from the GRI G4 compliant reports on determining the total volume of water withdrawn. If most companies only report on volumes for individual source types, then these should be added together to produce the value the Metric asks for. Noting this in the methodology helps provide clues for what others can look for in their research. The better the instructions in the methodology section, the more likely it is that people will contribute to the research effort.
Add more detail to the Value Type if needed:
Units are measurements like tonnes, joules, cubic metres, etc. Look at a few different reports to see how companies report on this specific data. Do most use kWh or rather Gigajoules? Fill in the most common measure as the Unit.
Range is applicable for values like percentages, which range from 1-100. In case there is no minimum/maximum amount leave this blank.
Options (under Category) are created to limit answers to specific categories, such as 'Yes' and 'No'.
Above the About section of the metric, there are four tabs. The Discussion tab is meant as a place for WikiRate users to discuss changes, methodologies and other anecdotes about the metric. Anything you write in this section will be added as a comment on your metric.
Data on WikiRate is under creative commons licenses and is downloadable from a project, metric or company profile. From a metric, company or project page, scroll to the bottom of the page to find the text Export: csv / json, and click the preferred file type. Another way is to add ".csv" to the end of the URL (e.g. http://wikirate.org/Amnesty_International+Conflict_Minerals_Policy.csv) this will export a .csv file containing all of the data associated with the metrics and companies on that page.
Please note that this feature is relatively new, and in continued development - your feedback is welcome.
This video demonstrates how to submit a ticket on WikiRate. When possible include the URL of where the problem occurred and take a screenshot, this will help the developers fix the problem quicker. Once a ticket is submitted the WikiRate Team will try to respond as quickly as possible.
Alternatively you can: