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The WikiRate Update
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Dear friend,

2017 has started with some great engagements and additional tools to make sense of data on WikiRate.

Visualizing Company Data
Company data are easier to digest and compare when you can visualize them. We recently developed visualizations to show metric values across companies. Bar graphs, like the one shown below, are simple, but can help point to areas for further analysis. 
WikiRate in Numbers
 
To date 1,566 community members have utilized 735 metrics to analyze 7839 companies with an average of 25 data points per company on WikiRate.
Opening Access to Data
WikiRate has updated its licensing to ensure that metrics and metric data are held under creative commons licenses. You can view the exact licensing and understand more about why this matters at http://wikirate.org/Licensing. This is central to WikiRate’s mission: to spur corporations to be transparent and responsive by making data about corporate social and environmental impacts useful and available to all.
Engaging Students in Sustainability Research for the SDGs
Through our partnership with PRME, the next generation of business leaders is supporting and advancing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by proactively identifying, aggregating, analyzing, and sharing the achievements of companies contributions to the SDGs. The project now involves ten pilot universities, with more than 800 students researching 500+ companies, and kicked off in January with the first pilot cohort of 280 students. See the full list of participants and their projects here.

A recent article by Giselle Weybrecht describes this project in detail: Students Exploring Corporate Sustainability Reporting – WikiRate.
Other News
Webinar Recording 
  • In January WikiRate had the pleasure of contributing to a webinar on Freeing Human Rights Data: A Roundtable-Webinar on Classroom Uses of WikiRate - a New Transparency Tool, hosted by the Teaching Business & Human Rights Forum. During this session different academic use cases for the WikiRate platform were highlighted and a detailed account of the Modern Slavery Act project research was presented by Joanne Bauer and one of her students, who had been part of the classroom pilot researching corporate Modern Slavery Act statements. Watch the recording here.
Upcoming Events

Online forum - Creating impact with WikiRate

As WikiRate is nearing the end of its first phase of EU-funded development, we are inviting a small group of our supporters, contributors and partners to join us for an online dialogue to take stock, share lessons learned, and plan for taking WikiRate to the next level. If you are interested in joining us please email us at info@wikirate.org. This will be the first in a series of webinars, so suggestions for future topics are welcome.
WikiRate will be featured in a panel at RightsCon, where Richard Mills, WikiRate's Head of Research, and Research Associate at University of Cambridge, will be leading a discussion exploring "Crowdsourcing data and analysis for human rights organizations." If you're attending RightsCon, be sure to stop by and hear what the panel has to say.
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