Interested in a particular company's bottom line? Check out Wikirate aka the Wikipedia for corporations that looks to shed a little light on companies and their operations via user-generated content and updates.
The platform looks to make the goings on of the business world a little more transparent. In an age when PR spin and corporate cover ups keep some businesses cloaked in secrecy, Wikirate wishes to present the facts as they are and allow users easy access to information about particular companies.
How Does It Work?
Just like Wikipedia, anyone can contribute to the platform however any contribution or claim must be supported by a source. For example, say you take an article (such as this one from RESET) about Apple and the use of conflict minerals in their products. This article could be used as a source and you, or someone else, can summarise the most important information from it and assign it one or more categories – this is how claims are created on Wikirate. These claims can then be used to build entire pages about one company or a particular issue.
The key focus of the whole process is objectivity. It's easy to say talk badly about companies, particularly big multinationals with bad reputations. Wikirate's mandate lies upon portraying the facts fairly and accurately regardless of whether it puts the company in question in a positive or negative light. This of course means that employees can also make claims and contributions but they must follow the community rules by remaining neutral and providing sources to back their claims.
Should I Get Involved?
There are many reasons to use Wikirate both as a reader and as a contributor. For one, you can check how producers stack up on the sustainability scale as well as clear up (or confirm) any misgivings you might have about a company while for all those who deal with sustainability issues on a daily basis, it is a simple way to exchange and share information and knowledge.
Take a peek here.
This article was translated, in part, from an article by Jana on our German platform.