Author Archives: Marjolein Hodes

Driving impact for inclusive digital development

With Asia at the forefront of technological innovation and digitally-powered development, we invite stakeholders from across the region for a virtual dialogue on how WBA’s upcoming Digital Inclusion Benchmark can be used to drive sustainable development. Speakers and participants from government, business, academia and civil society, will discuss how the Digital Inclusion Benchmark will enhance […]

Open for feedback now: Social transformation draft methodology and proposed indicators

We are happy to publish the social transformation draft methodology. It outlines the draft indicators that will be used to assess the 2,000 most influential companies globally on 15 core social topics. These include living wages, corporate taxation, lobbying, core labour standards and respect for human rights. A social lens will be applied to the […]

Putting people at the heart of the SDG2000 benchmarks

Last week, WBA launched the social transformation scoping report. The report sets out our thinking and proposed approach to ensuring appropriate social criteria are included in every WBA benchmark – across systems and industries – and is now open for consultation until September. On Wednesday 12 May we will hold two webinars at 11:00 and […]

WBA launches 15 core topics to assess the SDG2000 on social transformation

Today we launch our scoping report with the proposed model for the social transformation. While all companies should support human development through contributing to the 2030 Agenda, they must do it in a responsible way that respects the rights of workers, consumers and the wider community – that is, in a way that leaves no […]

Phased approach for the Gender Benchmark in times of COVID-19

Since the launch of our Gender Benchmark methodology on 31 March, we’ve connected with a number of target companies who have expressed concern around their ability to deliver to our original timelines given the immediate impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. Taking into account these concerns, we will undertake a phased approach and plan to publish […]

Digital inclusion through digital skills

Written by Samantha Ndiwalana, Research Analyst Digital Inclusion Benchmark Digital skills are an important, but often overlooked aspect of digital inclusion, which companies could leverage for inclusive development. The spectrum of digital skills goes from basic skills, such as copying files, to intermediate skills such as using basic formulas on spreadsheets, to advanced skills such […]

Methodology Digital Inclusion Benchmark covers four critical themes

The methodology outlines 16 indicators to examine and assess the 100 most influential ICT companies’ policies, processes, performance and disclosure across the breadth of the digital system, from hardware to software and telecommunication services to platforms. The critical digital inclusion themes covered by the benchmark include access, skills, use and innovation. Digital technology can be […]

Digital inclusion is more than just access

Written by Michael Lee, Research Analyst Digital Inclusion Benchmark As more and more countries enforce social distancing measures to contain or mitigate the COVID-19 pandemic, digital technologies become increasingly important in providing essential information as well as keeping economies afloat. At the same time, the pandemic also makes the digital divide starker: as interactions become […]

Benchmarking the 100 most influential ICT companies to drive digital inclusion globally 

We are taking the launch of the methodology for the Digital Inclusion Benchmark online. On Thursday 16 April from 16:00-18:00 CET we will hold a virtual landmark conversation, bringing together speakers and attendees from across the world. Register now by sending an email to Upon receipt of your registration, we will send you a placeholder with instructions for joining us […]

Gender Benchmark methodology addresses need for better data

Gender inequalities persist around the globe. Now more than ever, there is a need to close the global gender gap, and we believe companies are uniquely positioned to do so across their entire value chains.   While there are a growing number of resources available to support companies in their push for gender equality and women’s empowerment, stakeholders are still looking […]