Using WikiRate

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.

Researching Metric Values

A metric measures an aspect of a company's performance. Metric values show how a company performed on the metric in a particular year and each metric value must have a source.

This video demonstrates how to convert, add, edit and check a community assessed metric value on WikiRate.

Further guidance on researching Global Reporting Initiative metrics is available here. We have some tips and tricks to finding metric values, doing conversions and adding comments.

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:

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:

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.

Tagging Sources

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

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

Research groups bring WikiRate users together to organize projects, design metrics, have conversations and track progress.

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.

Project Research

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.

WikiRate Support

Tickets are a quick and easy way to report issues with the platform.

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:

  • Start a new discussion if you have broader questions that you would like to discuss with the WikiRate community.

  • Get in touch with the WikiRate Team at and we will do our best to help.