WikiCorporates is a free encyclopedia, focusing primarily on:
- Who Owns What: discover the connections, money and agendas behind organisations, who only too often drive govt policies. If you don't know where your money is ending up, you can't make informed decisions about whether to support a product. For examples, see Associated British Foods plc, or BGL Group Ltd.
- Reports: scores of organisations and groups fight on behalf of citizens, but many people don't know about their work. We map their reports to the companies. Examples: HSBC, J Sainsbury plc, or the Coca-Cola Company.
Alongside our main objective, we also aim to track government policies by mapping them to timelines; for examples, see Immigration Policy, or the National Probation Service in England and Wales.
Wikipedia is great - for some things. But its editorial policies mean it has a built-in blind spot on deep politics, often leading to rather superficial information. Additionally, it relies heavily on the official narrative as told by establishment-controlled sources. Worse, Wikipedia's censorship is obscured: as of Feb.2018 its
robots.txt file forbids archival programs from recording page histories. You can read more about Wikipedia's problems here.
Beginnings: WikiCorporates started life in early 2018 as a personal project to try to discover answers to questions such as: Why is there such a lack of political will to regulate corporations which break the law? Why are governments worldwide colluding with business to the point of destroying our planet? Who really makes government policy? Why do our governments lie to us, when they are well aware of the devastating consequences of their (in)action? We know all these things to be true, and yet we march to the polls every 5 years and cast our ballots for more of the same.
The project grew to a point where we felt it contained enough information that others would also find it useful; hence the decision to publish it online. WikiCorporates is very much a work in progress; we vastly under-estimated the amount of work, and the quantity of time, the project entails. You will find some messy, half-completed pages (we are working on tidying these up), but we hope that you will also find much useful and enlightening information unavailable easily elsewhere.
What WikiCorporates is not: We started out only covering UK-related companies and topics. However, because we live in a globalised world, there is a great deal of overlap with other countries.
We do not keep comprehensive, finely-detailed information - that's what Corporate Europe Observatory (lobbying), Powerbase (networks), SpinWatch (propaganda), Wikipedia and the many excellent CSOs are for. Rather, we aim for an overview, enabling readers to quickly grasp "the bare essentials".
Who We Are
- Editor: Grayan Adams, maintainance of the site's structure, day to day editorial overview.
- Editor: James Partridge, editorial responsibilities, contributor, content management.
- Administrator: Matt Smith, with responsibility for management of the site's content and users.
- Webmaster: Ben Lewis, responsible for technical issues.
- Contributors are currently limited to a very small group of people, but we plan to open the wiki up for collaborative editing as soon as possible. If you can't wait, you can contribute to articles, or request an article.