Workforce Disclosure in 2019

The findings from the third annual cycle of the Workforce Disclosure Initiative

Global inequality has doubled over the last decade, precarious work is increasingly becoming the new norm and it will be 100 years before we close the gender pay gap. Despite progress in improving working conditions and pay in some parts of the world, there remains a huge gap in the amount of meaningful and publicly available corporate data on workforce matters worldwide.

With estimates that hundreds of millions of jobs could be lost as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic in the coming year, meaningful and comparable data has never been more important in ensuring the fair treatment of workers. It is in this context that we review the data submitted by the 118 pioneering companies that participated in the Workforce Disclosure Initiative 2019 survey.

More companies each year are submitting data to the Workforce Disclosure Initiative.

Making more workforce data available

Central to the WDI’s mission is making more data on workforce policies and practices available publicly. The WDI encourages increased transparency on important areas of workforce reporting such as workforce composition (including contingent workers), wage levels and pay gaps, human rights due diligence processes and steps taken to monitor and address supply chain risks, that companies traditionally do not consistently disclose.

Releasing more workforce data into the public domain opens up company practice to increased scrutiny from investors, civil society organisations, media and consumers. It improves investor understanding of an organisation’s approach to its workforce and can enable companies to learn from each other. Taken together these measures help increase the provision of good jobs and fair wages worldwide.

The longer companies take part in the WDI, the more data they are able to provide.

Public Data

The WDI asks 34 questions, the responses to which are made available to the public through the WDI website. Companies can choose to make more data available publicly however.

In 2019, 32 per cent of data submitted was done so under the “public” option. Download the 2019 public data. 

Private data 

For all questions which are not marked as “mandatory public”, companies have the choice whether they submit their answer publicly or privately.

Data submitted privately is only available to investor signatories to help target their engagement activities with companies they invest in.

Thematic findings from the 2019 WDI data

Six thematic findings were identified based on governance, staff turnover, Living Wages, grievance mechanisms, contingent workers and sourcing practices.

For the findings in full, download the complete report.

List of the 118 participating companies

Search by name, geography, or sector. Or to sort the companies by any column click on the column header.