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 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 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
We put our employees first, listen to their voices, and respond to their needs. Our workplace is an accepting environment that supports our people and communities through Employee Resource Groups (ERGs), paid Volunteer Time-Off and community support through donations and grants. Our employees have a voice to make a change and cultivate an environment where we all belong.
Committing to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
We are committed to improving diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) at every opportunity. We know we have more work to do, and we are focusing on recruiting, supporting, and retaining diverse employees. With the help of our employees, customers, partners, and communities, we will continue on our journey to be successful together.
We are trusted partners to help our customers simplify the complexity of their work and build data transparency. The technology behind the Workiva platforms helps customers streamline complex data collection and reporting processes, automate repetitive tasks, orchestrate workflows and connect data sources across teams, systems and document types. The best part? We work closely with our customers to develop our fit-for-purpose solutions.
As a cloud-based software company, Workiva enables collaboration and control from anywhere with an internet connection—reducing our carbon footprint and committing to:
- Meeting all applicable environmental laws and regulations
- Measuring the environmental impacts of our operations
- Continuously improving our environmental impact targets
- Regularly reporting environmental performance to stakeholders
- Encouraging employees to think about environmental decisions
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
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.
PodcastThe ABCs of ESG
Never heard of environmental, social, and corporate governance (ESG)? Well, it likely won’t be long before your finance team will be required to report on it. Smart teams are already starting. Darcie Brossart joins Drew Deubner and Steve Soter to discuss what to look out for.