Transparency Report FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

If you want to find out more about the transparency data we report on corporate profile pages, you're in the right place. 

What is a transparency report?

TISCreport transparency reports are intended to provide a snapshot of contextual ESG data that is publicly available in relation to specific organisations/corporate bodies. The aim is to aggregate key indicators of corporate behaviour that enables the public and external organisations (buyers, suppliers, regulators, governments etc) to be able to assess self-reported information in the context of compliance and accreditation related behaviours. The informationis aggregated to enable our users to make their own judgements and check facts against other trusted third party sources. There are many conflicting data sets across multiple authority websites. We hope our work in bringing it all together will help us establish a baseline of truth in relation to corporate actions on human rights and climate change.  

Where do you get your data from?

TISCbots trawl many places, from the corporate websites we have on record for those organisations to government registers and third party registers. We also fold in information provided by both buyers and suppliers, and rely on human input to train our bots to improve the quality of data they find. Companies House in the UK is fantastic, along with Open Corporates, which enables us to be a global platform.  We attribute all public data sources with links where possible. 

How are you classifying company/organisation sizes?

We use the definitions detailed in the UK Companies Act 2006. Large companies are classified as meeting two out of the three following thresholds:

  • £36 million annual turnover
  • 250 employees
  • £18 million Balance Sheet Total

Medium sized enterprises are classified as such if meeting two out of three of the following thresholds:

  • Less than £36 Million turnover
  • Not more than £18 million balance sheet total
  • Not more than 250 employees

Small companies are classified as such if they meet two or more of the following requirements:

  • Less than £10.2 Million turnover
  • Not more than £5.1 million balance sheet total
  • Not more than 50 employees

The thresholds for medium-sized parent companies are as follows:

  • Aggregate turnover: Not more than £36 million net (or £43.2 million gross)
  • Aggregate balance sheet total: Not more than £18 million net (or £21.6 million gross)
  • Aggregate number of employees: Not more than 250