By Bahar Gidwani
We are often asked “Who uses CSRHub?” In some cases, the question has been prompted by curiosity. In other cases, a prospective user may want the reassurance that “everyone else” is using our sustainability metrics and decision-making tools.
We recently signed up our 7,000th user. While the largest group came from the US, more than half of our visitors come from outside the US. We don’t force our users to tell us a lot of details about themselves. To do so would violate the general trend for web sites to protect and preserve the privacy of their users. However, we do know that more than 400 major corporations use CSRHub, along with all of the major consulting and accounting firms who are involved in sustainability.
As the chart above shows, about 27% of our users work in large corporations. Another 12% work in the accounting, consulting, and engineering firms, lawyers, ad agencies, and public relations professionals who serve large corporations. Another 44% of our users did not announce an affiliation with a company. We believe that many of these users are businesspeople who join our site because they have a personal interest in sustainability. Others within this group are activists and individuals who need to research corporate social responsibility (CSR) issues.
About 8% of our users work for non-governmental or government organizations. Last, but not least, 9% of our users are students and academics. A number of major universities have begun integrating CSRHub’s tools and data into their curriculum. We provide their students the information they need to understand how sustainability is viewed in the “real world.”
Some of our users have volunteered data on their “demographics.” For instance, 18% of our US users report themselves to be Democrats, 5% are Republicans, 42% call themselves “Liberal” and 34% are Independents. 53% of our users are men, 45% are women and 2% describe themselves as transgender. We have partnered with a number of “social networks” in our area and hope they will help us learn more about our users and their interests.
Bahar Gidwani is a Cofounder and CEO of CSRHub. Formerly, he was the CEO of New York-based Index Stock Imagery, Inc, from 1991 through its sale in 2006. He has built and run large technology-based businesses and has experience building a multi-million visitor Web site. Bahar holds a CFA, was a partner at Kidder, Peabody & Co., and worked at McKinsey & Co. Bahar has consulted to both large companies such as Citibank, GE, and Acxiom and a number of smaller software and Web-based companies. He has an MBA (Baker Scholar) from Harvard Business School and a BS in Astronomy and Physics (magna cum laude) from Amherst College. Bahar races sailboats, plays competitive bridge, and is based in New York City.
CSRHub provides access to corporate social responsibility and sustainability ratings and information on over 6,700 companies from 135 industries in 82 countries. By aggregating and normalizing the information from over 185 data sources, CSRHub has created a broad, consistent rating system and a searchable database that links millions of rating elements back to their source. Managers, researchers and activists use CSRHub to benchmark company performance, learn how stakeholders evaluate company CSR practices and seek ways to change the world.