With the adoption of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development it is of high relevance to governments, companies and their stakeholders to track and assess the contributions of business to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Business Contributions to the SDGs – A Student Assessment, a project led by WikiRate and PRME, aims to aggregate and analyse corporate environmental, social and governance (ESG) data to better understand private sector contributions to the SDGs.
There are four main components to this exercise:
- Defining the list of metrics you want to research for SDG 2
- Collecting and adding data to WikiRate for your allocated company over the years 2013, 2014 and 2015
- Peer review of the data you have added.
- A final analysis on how companies perform on SDG 2.
Create a WikiRate profile. Click the “join” button on wikirate.org. Create a username [name/student number/etc], add your email address and password, then click submit.
When you are signed into WikiRate, join the ICESI Research Group by clicking this link, and clicking on "Join Group."
- Find the company in your project to research and click the "Research" button.
- Choose a metric and year to research and click the Metric details tab to read the methodology.
- In the "Sources" tab, check if the source you need is already on WikiRate. If it is, check this report for the data you need, and click the "cite" button. Otherwise you may add a new report or other sourcetype to the platform for citing.
- Once you have found the data, make sure the correct year is selected, and that the value is in the correct unit of measurement, and add it as your answer. If you cannot find the relevant value click Unknown.
- Cite your source on the right-hand side of the window.
- Add a comment to your answer detailing the page number where you found your metric value (if applicable) and relevant excerpts from the report. If you did any conversions or calculations, explain how you did so in the comments.
- Click Submit
- Then, click Next to move onto the next metric, or choose another Year.
Below are some frequently asked questions that might be useful for you if queries come up during your research.
What is a metric? 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.
- What is a Communication on Progress (COP) report? Communication on Progress reports, or COPs, are reports that companies participating in the UN Global Compact must submit annually to the organization.The reports show how much progress companies have made in 10 sustainability categories that cover a range of environmental, social and governance indicators.
What do I do if the company I am researching doesn't provide the information I need? When you are trying to answer a WikiRate metric question but you cannot find the right information in a company’s report or website, answer the question with Unknown. This may be frustrating at first, but you should actually feel good about adding Unknown because you’re shining a light on a gap in that company’s reporting.
What do I do if I enter a wrong value or year? Click on the value, then click the edit icon next to the year. Change your value or year, and click Submit.
What do I do if I encounter a technical problem? Go to Technical support to report the bug.
- For all other questions or suggestions email firstname.lastname@example.org