How Scorecards Work

Responsible 100 currently has over 50 scorecards grouped into 8 categories.

The policies and practices that businesses and other organisations adopt in response to the social, environmental or governance issue the scorecard addresses are graded as either POOR, OKAY, GOOD or EXCELLENT.

3 Ways To Assess Against The Scorecards

There are three ways organisations can assess their performance against the R100 scorecards:

  • Instant Assessment – By selecting the statements which best reflect its performance, and providing a short explanation where appropriate, an organisation can generate an Instant Assessment score within minutes. Scores generated by the IA may only be shared internally.
  • Full Assessment – This provides the opportunity for much more rigorous scrutiny against the scorecards. Organisations gain an in-depth assessment of their policies, practices and their impact. They provide detailed information against a number of defined disclosure requirements, describing their performance in their own words. Once all the relevant information has been acquired, the organisation’s response is assessed and verified by R100. The results may be shared internally. If the organisation wishes to publish its information and scores on the R100 website, then it must assure its information as complete, accurate and verifiable, and commit to maintaining it as such at all times.
  • Roundtable Peer Review – Roundtables enable organisations to share their policy and practice details, and be assessed against the scorecard by their peers and ‘critical friends’. Roundtable meetings include 15-30 participants from across business and civil society. Organisations choosing to disclose their information within this challenging yet collaborative and constructive environment receive an assessment and preliminary score against the scorecard from their critical friends, results remain confidential.

R100 participants are free to choose - according to their needs and preferences - which methods to use to assess against the scorecards.

The more widely a businesses wishes to share its scores and information, the greater the scrutiny it is subjected to. When assessing policies and practices, R100 - and sometimes ‘critical friends’ - will scrutinise an organisation’s performance and impact. Participants are required to paint a complete picture of what they do, how and why. They may be prompted to disclose the metrics and indicators they use to evaluate and improve their performance for example.

Many R100 scorecards reflect differences in organisation size and sector. Not all issues are material to every organisation. Some are more important for larger organisations or particular sectors, for example.

In time, all scorecards will account for differences in materiality which result from differences in size and/or the particulars of the sector in which a business or organisation operates.