The project promoter is Filcams-CGIL, the Italian Commerce, Tourism, Services Workers' Federation, affiliated to CGIL – The Italian General Confederation of Labour, the European Federations EFFAT and UNI-Europa, and the global ones IUF-UITA and UNI Global.
OpenCorporation is an observatory that analyzes and compares the behavior of multinational companies, the perimeter of observation are all global companies with at least 1,000 employees with a focus also on start-up companies and Unicorn companies, also ones of smaller size.
The objective of the OpenCorporation Observatory project, and of the related #OpenCorporationRanking, is to monitor the continuous and sudden changes of multinational companies in their economic, social and geo-political context, encouraging them to an increasing transparency and accessibility of data and information.
The company rating given by OpenCorporation provides additional tools for knowledge, participation and action to trade unions, workers and those who represent them in the company's bodies - e.g. European Works Councils, Supervisory Boards -, non-governmental organizations, institutions, citizens and the company's managers themselves.
Thanks to the OpenCorporation Ranking everyone can compare information, data and behaviors in order to push every multinational company towards a constant responsible and sustainable improvement of its own behaviors and those in their supply and distribution chain.
The main output of the Observatory is the OpenCorporation Ranking, through which the stakeholders of a multinational company, workers first and foremost, can gain greater awareness of the company's work and access a mass of comparative information useful to improve participatory and negotiation processes.
In contrast to the tendency to place TNCs (Transnational companies) in rankings constructed on the basis of their economic, production and market performance, the OpenCorporation Ranking has a predominantly " trade union " viewpoint, favoring criteria and indicators that compare companies not only on how and to what extent they "communicate" about themselves, but on their actual sustainability behavior from a social perspective.
Having a close relation with the document by the European Trade Union Federation on Corporate Responsibility (ETUC Toolkit on Corporate Social Responsibility), this trade union ranking aims at enabling a synergic dialogue among the elements that take part to industrial relations and social responsibility, avoiding the contrast that usually characterizes the relation between these two thematic areas.
This model of trade union ranking is not developed upon one single synthetic indicator, but on the interaction of more thematic indicators according to a multidimensional approach, appropriate to studying working conditions. The dimensions of a thematic indicator, which by interaction will result in the synthetic indicator:
Social Dialogue, Job Conditions, Social responsibility, Finance, Diversity, Accessibility and Environment.
In addition to these indicators, the structure itself of the TNC data collection sheet allows to establish a Transparency indicator to measure the degree of openness and accessibility of information on the company profile, financial statements and governance structure. Since 2020 an additional "Fiscal Impact" indicator has been introduced, linked to the calculation of the indicator on finance: the score expresses an assessment of the fiscal behaviour of a company with respect to the others observed.
How to use OpenCorporation.org
The Use OpenCorporation section can give you an overview of how to better access the results, sources and other information available on this site.
In order to ease the reading of the contents, a Glossary page is available that contains a list of definitions for the technical terms used in the platform..
The section Open Data contains links to download our working documents in open file formats..
Publication edited by Stefania Radici | Giorgio Verrecchia.
Il volume “Be open, be accountable” ricostruisce il percorso di creazione di Open Corporation e i risultati raccolti nel 2017. The book is freely available, browse it online or download the version in PDF format.
The section About us and Credits contains further information on the Scientific Committee and on the organizations and people who have collaborated on the project since its creation.