ESG Data Guide 2022

ShareAction - Workforce Disclosure Initiative

Data category

Social data

Brief description of the data offering

The Workforce Disclosure Initiative (WDI) generates new corporate data on workforce-related issues – the so-called “missing S of ESG”. Supported by 67 investors with $10.5 trillion in aum, WDI is the world’s leading workforce-related disclosure framework. Topics covered across 13 survey sections include turnover, pay, contract types, health & safety, grievance mechanisms, parental leave, supply chain transparency and human rights due diligence. In 2021, 173 companies headquartered in 25 countries disclosed data to WDI, including a majority of the FTSE 100. Investor signatories receive access to all disclosed data. They use this data in several ways: to assist engagement activities, to inform asset allocation decisions and as part of proxy voting policies. A significant portion of the data is publicly available.

The data offers solutions for:

  • Investment decisions and portfolio insight
  • Reporting: CSRD
  • Reporting: UN SDGs
  • Social impact analysis and insight

Where and how do you source your data?

WDI is a voluntary disclosure programme. Supported by its investor signatory coalition, WDI encourages new reporting from hundreds of the world’s largest listed companies across all sectors and geographies. Companies submit the data, after acquiring internal verification and sign-off from different business units. Increasingly, companies are building WDI into their annual corporate reporting  schedule – alongside CDP, TCFD and others. The disclosure window is open between July and October each year. Investor signatories underline the importance they place on the new data being requested via tailored communication to investee companies, while WDI staff offer technical support to simplify the reporting process.

Who are the data users?

  • Investors
  • Academics
  • Civil society organisations
  • Trade unions

What is the cost for your data offering?

For investor signatories there is a tiered membership fee structure according to the size and type of institution. Please visit xxx for more information.