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RC-DC will feature responsible ‘hackathon’ to gather corporate social and environmental performance data

context_reportingA new effort to make open — and free to the public — environmental, social and governance records of U.S. and global corporations will launch at Rules Change-The DC Gathering.


Bill Baue

“Companies are disclosing more and more information about their social and environmental performance,” says Bill Baue, an Amherst, Mass.-based corporate sustainability engagement consultant, who is running the project, called “ContextReporting.com” with co-founder Tom O’Malley. “But this data deluge is locked in individual pdf reports, creating a big logjam for activists and the public being able scrutinize and compare sustainability impacts among companies.”

Baue says Rules Change-The DC Gathering will feature a ‘hackathon’ to begin crowdsourcing data-gathering to upload into the ContextReporting online platform. it enables year-to-year and company-to-company benchmarking as a means of holding companies accountable.

Baue says there are several high-priced sources of data about how corporations are performing on social- and environmental-progress indicators – such things as toxic and greenhouse-gas emissions or wages and working conditions.  But there is no free, open source for that data.

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