2018 Sustainability Report


Wdesk modernizes the way people work.

We founded our company to transform the way people were managing disparate business data with numerous collaborators, documents and spreadsheets. Today, thousands of organizations, including over 70 percent of the FORTUNE 500®, use our Wdesk platform to improve data collaboration, accuracy and insight into their business data.

What makes Wdesk different is that all of the data inside the platform – in spreadsheets, documents and presentation decks – is linked together. And it's powered by one of the fastest, safest, and most sophisticated data-management engines in the world.

Wdesk enables teams to link narrative with numbers, which is critical when reporting to executives and boards.

Our customers are able to connect datasets with a history of every change down to the cell level.

Companies of all sizes, state and local governments and educational institutions use Wdesk to help mitigate risk, improve productivity and gain confidence in their data-driven decisions.

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Flexible and scalable

Our customers love Wdesk because we deliver a platform that they want and need.

Wdesk is so flexible and scalable that users can easily adapt it to optimize their business processes and work flows on the fly.

Wdesk gives our customers the same features at work – speed, access, and sharing – that they use at home. Even though Wdesk feels like a familiar consumer application to our users, it's powered by one of the fastest, safest, and most sophisticated data-management engines available today.


Customers have linked more than 3.7 billion data values among Wdesk documents to ensure data accuracy.

Data-linking pioneers

What makes Wdesk different is all of the data inside the platform – in spreadsheets, word-processing documents and presentation decks – is linked together. Wdesk records every change by every user, providing complete transparency with a full audit trail.

With a powerful data-collection tool, our users can gather data from any format and link it inside a centralized platform; no more emailing around rolling versions. Wdesk helps mitigate enterprise risk because data is entered just once and then available to be referenced or distributed wherever it’s needed.

As Wdesk expands across risk, audit, finance and compliance teams, time and resource efficiencies improve throughout the organization.

Companies of all sizes, state and local governments and educational institutions use Wdesk to help mitigate risk, improve productivity and gain confidence in their data-driven decisions.


Partner Ecosystem

From small teams to enterprise-wide projects, Workiva works with our partners to help our customers do more, see more and know more with Wdesk.

Our consulting and accounting partners offer our customers more services and capabilities to leverage Wdesk to improve a wide range of financial, regulatory and corporate performance management functions.

Our technology partners provide data and process integrations to enable our customers to directly connect the datasets they need into a central hub of trusted data, with powerful linking, auditability and control features. Wdesk gives users the ability to combine narrative with their data, which further amplifies the power of our platform throughout our customers’ organizations.

With the click of a button, Wdesk users add a layer of access, collaboration, control and accountability to their enterprise business data. Our data integration framework helps our customers greatly improve the business value of their ERP and other data.

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Clean Energy

Workiva is committed to taking every measure to protect natural resources.

We built our Wdesk platform to enable collaboration and control from anywhere with an internet connection, eliminating excess travel and excess paper. Plus, Wdesk helps our customers lower their carbon footprint and waste by reducing printing and delivery of physical documents.

One of our cloud providers is Amazon, which has a long-term commitment to achieve 100 percent renewable energy usage for its global infrastructure footprint. As an AWS customer, we use 84 percent less power and utilize a 28 percent cleaner power mix, for a total reduction in carbon emissions of 88 percent by using the AWS Cloud instead of operating our own data centers.

Google, our other cloud provider, has an infrastructure that is entirely carbon-neutral. Their data centers consume 50 percent less energy than the typical datacenter. In 2017, Google will purchase 100 percent renewable energy to match consumption for their global datacenter operations.

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The largest enterprises in the world trust us with their most sensitive data, and we take that responsibility very seriously. Wdesk employs stringent data security, reliability, integrity and privacy practices. In addition to our regular customer security assessments, we aggressively test the security of our operations by subjecting them to continuous and ongoing penetration and vulnerability testing (manual and automatic, internal and third-party). The quality of our data security efforts is validated by our annual completion of an independent audit process using the SSAE 16 standard. This standard is designed to determine whether a company has internal controls and safeguards that are suitably designed and effectively operating. The annual SSAE 16 examination includes coverage of security controls through performing SOC 1 Type 2 and SOC 2 Type 2 audits.


Customer-driven innovation

We don’t just develop technology; we listen to our customers and create solutions to meet their needs. We create light-weight data elements that store numbers and text so they can quickly be found and used in multiple ways.

We employ Agile Software Development methods that place customers at the heart of the design process. This includes constant collaboration and iteration that delivers new software functionality at a very fast pace.

At Workiva we are consistently recognized for our innovation, which wouldn’t be possible without dedicated employees and customers who are responsible for our success

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Workiva History

We founded WebFilings in 2008 to change the way corporations were managing and reporting business data. We released our first cloud-based solution in 2010 at a time when most companies were hesitant to place their trust in the cloud. That quickly changed.

Our Wdesk platform caught on like wildfire. Companies big and small adopted Wdesk because for the first time, they could collaborate with control and accountability.

We changed our company name to Workiva in 2014 to keep pace with growing demand for our solutions from finance, compliance, risk and audit teams.

Today, Wdesk is modernizing how people work across thousands of organizations around the globe, including more than 70 percent of the Fortune 500®.

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