Using data to drive workforce stewardship

Using comprehensive and comparable data to drive a race to the top

2020 has been a defining year for workforce issues. In the wake of Covid-19, and the uncovered abuses of workers’ rights, societal expectations of business have increased. The crisis has shone a spotlight on the role good businesses play in society. The evidence is clear, good management of people is vital for a company’s reputation, resilience and long-term success.

As shareholders, investors are uniquely equipped to make a difference – and they are increasingly demanding change. At the heart of this change will be data. The Workforce Disclosure Initiative (WDI) mobilises investors to ensure companies disclose comparable and comprehensive data of their workforce practices. Investors use the data to engage with companies on key issues impacting their business and workers, and by driving the mainstreaming of workforce reporting they help raise standards and an increase in the quality of jobs globally.

The benefits of becoming an investor signatory

Access to WDI’s exclusive investor dashboard, including privately reported data and company scorecards, covering a range of workplace issues, and all major industry sectors for use in stewardship activities;

Access to both company level and aggregate data, to improve quality and efficiency of company engagement around workforce issues;

Opportunity to feed into company selection and questionnaire development to ensure company disclosure aligns with your priorities;

Access to public and non-public reports and analyses produced by the WDI team;

Year round opportunities to participate in roundtables, workshops and webinars bring investors and investee companies together to discuss workforce issues;

Opportunities to speak and share strategic approach to workforce issues with networks of peers and companies;

Opportunity to be leader on workforce issues and to contribute to the improvement of the conditions of workers globally;

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

James Gomme, World Business Council for Sustainable Development

Tools and resources

WDI: An Introduction

What is the Workforce Disclosure Initiative and why you should get involved. 

2020 events and webinars

Get practical tips to navigating the survey and why investors support workforce disclosure.


Read more on the terms and conditions of becoming an investor signatory. 

Become an investor signatory

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    Investor signatories

    Aberdeen Standard Investments

    Achmea Investment Management


    Ardevora Asset Management 


    Barrow Cadbury Trust

    BMO Global Asset Management

    Border to Coast Pensions Partnership

    Boston Trust Walden Company

    Brunel Pension Partnership


    Castlefield Investment Partners


    Church Investors Group (CIG)

    Church of England Pensions Board

    CtW Investment Group

    Dana Investment Advisors

    Domini Impact Investments

    EdenTree Investment Management

    Ethos Engagement Pool International

    Ethos Foundation

    Friends Provident Foundation

    Hermes Investment Management



    IG4 Capital

    Independent Franchise Partners

    Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust

    Jupiter Asset Management

    Lankelly Chase Foundation

    Liontrust Asset Management

    Local Authority Pension Fund Forum (LAPFF)/ PIRC

    Local Pensions Partnership Investments  (LPPI)

    Meeschaert Asset Management 

    MFS Investment Management


    Neuberger Berman

    Newton Investment Management

    Northern LGPS

    NorthStar Asset Management


    PKA Denmark

    Polden-Puckham Charitable Foundation

    Rathbone Greenbank

    RPMI Railpen

    Sarasin & Partners


    Strathclyde Pension Fund

    Sycomore Asset Management

    Teamsters Union

    Unison Staff Pension Fund

    United Food and Commercial Workers International Union (UFCW)

    Universities Superannuation Scheme (USS)

    Vision Super