Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) at Workiva
Our commitment to building a better future.
Environment, Social, and Governance (ESG) goes far beyond Workiva's standards for financial and sustainability reporting. We are building a comprehensive approach focused on delivering business and social value driven by truth, trust, and transparency. We know the world is complex. Doing the right thing shouldn't be.
How Workiva performs as a steward of the environment including, energy emissions, waste management, resource depletion and climate change.
How Workiva manages its relationships with employees, suppliers, customers and the community—including employee relations, diversity, health and well-being, privacy and cybersecurity, and impact on communities.
How Workiva is governed, including executive compensation, board diversity, ethics and compliance, and structure audits.
Workiva is committing to ESG through authentic and purposeful action—supporting our people and customers, protecting the environment, and conducting good business practices.
Our ESG Roadmap
We’ve accelerated our ESG journey in 2021. We are completing our stakeholder engagement and materiality assessment to determine our ESG strategy and set forward-looking goals. These will be affirmed by the Executive Management Group and a committee of the Board of Directors. The ESG Task Force will shape our organization strategy and strengthen our ESG commitment.
We value and account for all of our stakeholders in our journey to building a better future.
Our ESG Governance
The ESG Task Force reports to Nominating & Governance Committee of the Board of Directors in fulfilling its oversight responsibilities relating to our company’s long-term ESG strategy and goals.
The ESG Task Force will ensure alignment with strategy, goals, regulation, and third-party standards, including Sustainability Accounting Standards Board (SASB), Global Reporting Initiative (GRI), United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs) and Task Force on Climate-Related Financial Disclosure (TCFD). Their aim is to build a comprehensive approach to align business value, decisions, and ethics with ESG considerations. Each executive member is accountable for leading an activation work stream of the strategy.
Executive Chair: Jill Klindt, Chief Financial Officer
Task Force Members:
Mitz Banarjee, Executive Vice President and Chief Customer Officer
Darcie Brossart, Vice President, Communications
Emily Forrester, Vice President, Human Resources
David Haila, Senior Vice President, Head of Product
Mandi McReynolds, Senior Director, Environment, Social, and Governance
Mike Rost, Vice President, Corporate Development & Investor Relations
Brandon Ziegler, Chief Legal Officer
Our Materiality Assessment
A materiality matrix is a visual tool used to demonstrate how the priority topics for Workiva map in terms to the business and importance to society. Each topic listed below is considered important to Workiva and will be addressed in our ESG strategy.
Our Strategic Pillars
Our Value Chain
As a cloud-based platform provider, our value chain is simple. It demonstrates the priority issues we identified in our materiality assessment, and where our business practices create value impact to our stakeholders and society in alignment with the UN Sustainability Development Goals.
Workiva is on the cutting edge of ensuring data is driving good decisions for companies as they work towards creating a stronger company, and ultimately, a better world.
At Workiva, we always strive to be a part of the solution for creating a better tomorrow. We were honored to be the first SaaS company to join the UN Global Compact CFO Task Force where we work alongside and support global CFOs to achieve greater transparency and accountability in their non-financial reporting, like ESG. With transparent data, companies who are prioritizing ESG initiatives will be able to use their efforts as a differentiator when presenting their performance to company stakeholders.
I am an accountant by trade, and had previously worked at a large, global accounting firm. I chose Workiva because of its culture. Everyone at Workiva is passionate about what they do and they want to help others succeed. Now, I’m doing what I love with the support of an inclusive and hardworking team!
Awards and Recognition
Our ESG Data Center
All of our reporting will be prepared in accordance with the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) and the Sustainable Accounting Standards Board (SASB) standards and in alignment with United Nations SDGs (UN SDGs) and the Task Force on Climate-Related Financial Disclosures (TCFD). Indexes will be available in our ESG Data Center in December 2021.
Anti-bribery and Corruption Policies
Cybersecurity and Privacy
Security and Compliance Portal (Wdesk login required)
Codes of Conduct
Employee and Workplace Policies
Environmental Statement (Coming November 2021)
Power Technology with 100% Renewable Cloud Based Energy
Renewable energy for facilities
Employee public transportation reimbursement and bike program
Reduce employee travel and commuting for GHG
GHG Scope 1
GHG Scope 2
GHG Scope 3
100% of Employees complete Information Security & Securities Trading Course within their first 48 hours as a new employee. Employees continue to repeat this training annually.
100% of employees complete code of conduct training, annually
100% of employees complete anti corruption and bribery training, annually
100% of employees complete data security training, annually
100% of employees complete workplace harassment training, annually
500 manager and above level employees have been trained in Inclusive Leadership Training, we are continuing to expand it for all our employees to be trained
2020 Great Place to Work® Trust Index© Survey Trust Index
95% of employees responded positively to the statement “I am treated as a full member here regardless of my position.”
93% of employees responded positively to the statement “Management recognizes honest mistakes as part of doing business.”
93% of employees responded positively to the statement “Management trusts people to do a good job without watching over their shoulder.”
97% of employees believe management is honest and ethical in its business practices
97% of employees also believe people care about each other here
98% of employees believe when you join the company, you are made to feel welcome.
More ways to discover sustainability at Workiva.
BlogIt’s Proxy Season, and All Eyes Are on ESG Reporting
Environmental, social, and governance (ESG) matters are getting more face time at annual shareholder meetings. As proxy season rolls on, Workiva CEO Marty Vanderploeg, Senior Director of ESG Mandi McReynolds, and Financial Services Industry Principal Arthy Kumar riff on their perspectives. Watch the video.
Webinar On DemandHow Innovation Will Unlock Authentic ESG and Stakeholder Capitalism
How can organizations introduce innovation to drive real business value—instead of simply managing ESG data? We dig into this topic and more with our Sr. Director of Environmental, Social & Governance at Workiva. Catch a replay of the session from The Economist’s Sustainability Week.
Webinar On Demand2021 Sustainability Week: How Workiva Integrates ESG
Future-proof your ESG reporting—utilize innovative technology to drive real business value. Watch this session from The Conference Board’s 2021 Sustainability Summit to see how you can meet increased demands for integrated, transparent, and real-time ESG reporting.