Sustainable Development Goal 8 calls for ‘decent work for all’ by 2030. With millions of workers across their operations and supply chains, multinational companies have a vital part to play in achieving this goal, and there are growing calls for them to take action.
Key to this is transparency and by reporting through the Workforce Disclosure Initiative (WDI) companies can get ahead of the curve by demonstrating to their investors, clients and other stakeholders that they are effectively managing their staff and supply chain workers. In 2021, 173 global companies took part in the Initiative, demonstrating their commitment to transparency – a 23 per cent increase on 2020.
Why disclose to the WDI
Effectively showcase how you are managing your workforce to investors via a single, easy-to-use reporting platform;
Demonstrate your leadership on workforce issues to a range of stakeholders, including civil society, governments and regulators;
Demonstrate that workers’ rights are at the centre of your business, and attract new potential employees and customers;
Receive a tailored Disclosure Scorecard which allows you to benchmark yourself against your peers;
Participate in a series of year-round workshops and webinars covering key workforce issues, featuring investors, trade unions and subject matter experts;
Link up teams internally, stimulating detailed and constructive conversations on workforce topics within your organisation;
Build resilience and increase profitability by using the data collected to improve workforce conditions across your business.
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.
Senior SRI Analyst, Engagement Specialist, Candriam
Key dates to consider
2022 Survey will be finalised and made public for disclosing companies
4 July 2022
Reporting season begins and online reporting platform opens for submissions
28 October 2022
Deadline for all 2022 submissions
WDI 2021-2022 Resources
Below we have a number of resources to make your disclosure journey simple.
Download the 2021 data
In 2021, the WDI welcomed submissions from 173 companies from 25 countries. For the fifth in a row, we saw 11 sectors report to the WDI. Submissions covered 11 million people employed in companies’ direct operations and many more in supply chains.
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Requested companies 2017-2021
Below is a dynamic list of all the companies the WDI signatories have requested take part in the project, each year from 2017 with their corresponding response status. Companies are selected based on a combination of:
- Market capitalisation
- Significance of the company (in terms of sector, local market and scale)
- As well as those of specific interest to the WDI investor group