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. Since 2012, Filcams-CGIL has asked itself how to cope with the continuous changes and evolutions occurring in multinational companies and the economic context as a whole, developing European projects, with the aim of supplying tools to improve knowledge, participation and action among trade union actors, workers and company representatives.
The main output of the project is the OpenCorporation Ranking, through which the main stakeholders of a multinational company, in primis employees, can raise their awareness about the corporate conduct and access a set of information useful to improve participation and negotiation processes.
In contrast with the growing tendency to position TNCs (Transnational companies) in rankings based on economic, productive and market performances, the trade union ranking compares companies based on criteria which are able to interpret the communication with their attitude and their social dimension.
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.