Workforce Disclosure Initiative

Improving data from listed companies on how they manage workers in their direct operations and supply chains.

More than 125 investors, with over $14 trillion AUM, back the Workforce Disclosure Initiative (WDI). These investors are calling for transparency from companies on how they manage workers. 90 global companies disclosed to the 2018 WDI survey. The ultimate goal is to improve the quality of jobs in companies’ operations and supply chains.

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Why this is important and what we’re doing about it

There are too many poor quality and precarious jobs around the world. The United Nations recognised this in the 2015 Sustainable Development Goals. Goal 8 calls for ‘decent work for all’. Multinational companies have a key role to play in meeting this goal. Through their operations and supply chains, they are responsible for the pay and wellbeing of millions of workers.

Importantly, it’s been shown that both companies and workers can benefit from creating better quality jobs.

As shareholders of these companies, institutional investors are well placed to make a difference. The Workforce Disclosure Initiative (WDI) mobilises these investors to push for better jobs. The first step is to make sure companies disclose comparable workforce information. Investors can then use this data to engage with companies and drive a race to the top.

The WDI brings investors together to request comparable data from companies via an annual survey. Its ultimate goal is to improve the quality of jobs in multinational companies’ operations and supply chains.

The WDI is funded by the Department for International Development (DFID) and run in partnership with Canada’s Shareholder Association for Research and Education (SHARE) and the Responsible Investment Association Australasia (RIAA). In addition, a range of civil society and private sector organisations are helping to shape the WDI. The initiative is also endorsed by the Pensions and Lifetime Savings Association (PLSA).

Why this is important and what we’re doing about it

There are too many poor quality and precarious jobs around the world. The United Nations recognised this in the 2015 Sustainable Development Goals. Goal 8 calls for ‘decent work for all’. Multinational companies have a key role to play in meeting this goal. Through their operations and supply chains, they are responsible for the pay and wellbeing of millions of workers.

Importantly, it’s been shown that both companies and workers can benefit from creating better quality jobs.

As shareholders of these companies, institutional investors are well placed to make a difference. The Workforce Disclosure Initiative (WDI) mobilises these investors to push for better jobs. The first step is to make sure companies disclose comparable workforce information. Investors can then use this data to engage with companies and drive a race to the top.

The WDI brings investors together to request comparable data from companies via an annual survey. Its ultimate goal is to improve the quality of jobs in multinational companies’ operations and supply chains.

The WDI is funded by the Department for International Development (DFID) and run in partnership with Canada’s Shareholder Association for Research and Education (SHARE) and the Responsible Investment Association Australasia (RIAA). In addition, a range of civil society and private sector organisations are helping to shape the WDI. The initiative is also endorsed by the Pensions and Lifetime Savings Association (PLSA).

The WDI is already providing real insights into how to enhance workforce reporting and incentivise best practice.

James Gomme

We believe integrating ESG issues into our investment process will lead to favourable long-term outcomes for our members. By collaborating with other investors through the WDI we want to encourage companies, both in Australia and further afield, to improve their reporting on workforce and supply chain related topics.

Liza McDonald

ESG investing has gone mainstream. Investor appetite for ESG data is growing, and for social data in particular. We want to access* reliable, relevant and comparable data on companies’ workforce, their suppliers and sub-contractors, and the WDI offers a great opportunity for us to access this data.

Sophie Deleuze  Senior SRI Analyst, Engagement Specialist, Candriam
Sophie Deleuze

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Meet the WDI team

Aine Clarke

Aine Clarke

Engagement Officer - WDI
Aine Clarke

Aine Clarke

Engagement Officer - WDI

Aine works on the WDI team, engaging and developing relations with companies and investors to promote and standardise decent workplace and supply chain practices.  She has an M.A in International Political Economy from Warwick University and B.A in European Studies. Prior to joining ShareAction she worked as a research analyst at a financial research company and as operations manager in the sustainable resource economy.

Chara de Lacey

Chara de Lacey

Research Officer - WDI
Chara de Lacey

Chara de Lacey

Research Officer - WDI

Chara joined the Workforce Disclosure Initiative team in May 2019 to work on WDI reporting and support with research and analysis. She has worked for various human rights organisations including Advocates for International Development, where she led business and human rights capacity-building projects, and the International Bar Association. Chara is a UK-qualified solicitor (non-practising) and holds a LLM in Law, Globalisation and Development with distinction from SOAS, University of London.

Charlie Crossley

Charlie Crossley

Project Coordinator - WDI
Charlie Crossley

Charlie Crossley

Project Coordinator - WDI

Charlie joined ShareAction in November 2015, working in the digital team. He moved to the Workforce Disclosure Initiative in late 2016. Previously he worked in a policy role focused on financial inclusion at Toynbee Hall. He has a First Class BA in Politics from the University of Sussex and an MA in International Relations from the Institut Barcelona d’Estudis Internacionals.

James Coldwell

James Coldwell

Investor Engagement Manager - WDI
James Coldwell

James Coldwell

Investor Engagement Manager - WDI

James joined ShareAction in January 2017 as part of the Workforce Disclosure Initiative, an investor-backed programme to increase transparency and improve job quality in listed companies. He manages relationships with the institutional investors supporting the programme – currently 120 institutions with assets valued at $13.5 trillion – and ensures investors make the most of the WDI as a tool to engage with investee companies and improve disclosure. He previously worked for a social finance intermediary, and has been an elected councillor since 2016.

Rachel Hargreaves

Rachel Hargreaves

Intern - Good Work
Rachel Hargreaves

Rachel Hargreaves

Intern - Good Work

Rachel joined ShareAction in April 2019 as an intern for the good work programme, assisting with tasks for both the WDI and the UK workforce campaigns. Prior to joining ShareAction, Rachel worked as a support worker for young adults with learning disabilities and has previously interned for a social housing organisation completing a short research project. Rachel holds a BA in Sociology from the University of Nottingham.

Rosie Mackenzie

Rosie Mackenzie

Company Engagement Manager - WDI
Rosie Mackenzie

Rosie Mackenzie

Company Engagement Manager - WDI

Rosie joined ShareAction in August 2018 to work as the Company Engagement Manager for the Workforce Disclosure Initiative (WDI). As such, she coordinates the corporate engagement and support of companies taking part in the programme. She previously worked at CDP, the environmental reporting NGO, and she holds a BSc in Natural Sciences from the University of Bath.

Vaidehee Sachdev

Vaidehee Sachdev

Senior Research Manager - WDI
Vaidehee Sachdev

Vaidehee Sachdev

Senior Research Manager - WDI

Vaidehee joined ShareAction in November 2016. She is working on the new Workforce Disclosure Initiative building on ShareAction’s work on the Living Wage. She previously worked for a number of organisations including Global Witness, Womankind and Global Justice Now. She holds a BA in Philosophy and an MA in International Politics at Manchester University.