Introduction to WikiRate
Welcome to WikiRate, the open research platform that connects people across the world interested in corporate social responsibility. WikiRate is a collaborative platform that enables everyone to contribute publicly available environmental, social and governance (ESG) data.
WikiRate aims to be a platform where you find the answers to the questions that matter. Content on WikiRate is produced and maintained by its users and this page explains how the platform is structured and how you can browse, research and contribute.
Click here to read more about our values and principles.
Joining WikiRate allows you to contribute to the platform by researching metric values, writing overviews, adding sources, and editing pretty much any information on the website.
Anyone can sign up for an account and every user will have a profile page sharing information about their contributions and interest areas. To view your profile click your user name in the upper right corner of the window. Click edit to add a profile picture, description of yourself here and select some of your favourite contributions to showcase. Once you have finished editing your information, please click submit to ensure your information is saved.
If you have forgotten your password, continue to the sign in page and click on reset password. By following this link, WikiRate will ask you to provide us with the email address you have registered with. After providing us with your email address and clicking on reset my password, WikiRate will send you a link where you can update your account details.
You can follow content on WikiRate to receive a notification when someone else edits or votes on it. On every page there should be a follow button that you can click to receive these notifications. There are also following rules that you can change on your profile page (in the area under the profile image) – by default you follow all of the content you create.
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Researching Metric Values
This video demonstrates how to convert, add and check a community assessed metric value on WikiRate. Additionally, you can edit values if you added something incorrectly or found a better answer, by clicking the value, which will take you to a separate edit page where you can click the edit icon to change the value.
Each step is very important to ensure we have quality data and by checking metric values we can improve the accuracy across WikiRate. If a value has been checked a small blue tick will appear next to it.
WikiRate has two types of metric research policies:
Community assessed - any user can research and add new values for these metrics, e.g. Total water withdrawals (G4-EN8-a)
Designer assessed - only the metric designer can add new values, e.g. Animal Testing
To determine a metric's research policy look on the details tab on the metric page (below contributing).
When adding, editing and checking data remember to leave comments so other users can easily understand where the value was found and any conversions carried out to arrive at the answer. If you have any feedback on the metric itself, please include a comment on the discussion tab on the metric page. Alternatively any user can double-click on any section of the metric page to edit.
Adding & Tagging New Sources
Adding new Sources
A source 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.
This video demonstrates how to add a URL source to WikiRate (please note, the site has been updated - to get to the “Add Source” button, go to Browse > Sources).
WikiRate enables users to add sources in three different formats:
URL - a source with a web address can simply be added by pasting the URL in the box, e.g. BMW Brilliance Automotive Ltd. UN Global Compact Membership
File - upload the file and make a note of where you obtained the file in the description, e.g. Apple Supplier Responsibility 2014 Progress Report
Report - when a URL or file source is not available to support a metric value, add the metric value with a report source and explain the source was not available e.g. Siemens AG - Conflict minerals report not filed with SEC
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.
WikiRate has a voting system to help assess the credibility of sources, users can up-vote sources that are useful and down-vote sources that are not or do not appear to be credible, votes help make the best sources feature more on the platform.
Any number of sources could be associated to one company, so WikiRate uses tagging to create order. With tagging, sources can be linked to one or more companies, and linked to relevant metrics through Report Type. To avoid confusion see quick tips below:
If you are researching GRI metrics, or other sustainability metrics, add the “Corporate Social Responsibility Report” tag under Report Type (see example here).
Company profiles display both the performance and contributions from any organisation (including corporations, NGOs, Universities etc.) represented as a company on WikiRate.
WikiRate has more than 5000 companies on the platform, and this number is growing all the time.
If you would like to add a new company to WikiRate simply click here and enter the companies full name and upload their logo, then you can add sources relating to this company, research metric values and begin to build a picture of how they behave.
Join a Research Group
This new feature has been designed to facilitate users to join together around a specific topic, theme or area.
To join a research group, simply choose a research group 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.
Projects allow you and other WikiRate users to contribute research on company sustainability through the lens of a specific topic or interest.
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 (WFF), 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, this should provide a summary of the project, along with the aims and further information about the topic.
Once you are ready to research metric values, click the research button next to the company of your choice (at the bottom right of the project page). By selecting a company it will take you to a new page where you can see all the relevant metrics listed.
Under each metric question you can view the methodology (by clicking on the drop-down) and then click add answer to view and cite the relevant source (click Cite!), research the value from the source and enter the answer. When available, please add data for multiple years and include relevant comments below.
Further guidance on adding, editing and checking data is available here.
We have recently added a feature which allows you to export data for a project, metric, or company. If you go to a project page and add ".csv" to the end of the URL (e.g. http://wikirate.org/Amnesty_International+Conflict_Minerals_Policy.csv) this should download a csv file containing all of the data associated with the metric or company.
Please note that the feature is continuing to be developed and improved - your feedback is welcome.
If you encounter any problems when using WikiRate we encourage you to submit a ticket or see if other users have encountered similar problems.
This video demonstrates how to submit a ticket on WikiRate.
When possible include the URL of where the problem occurred and take a screen shoot, 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: