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Why CR is important to WPP


Strategy and goals

Our vision is for WPP and its companies to be known for environmental, ethical and social leadership. We have a four-point strategy for achieving this:

  • Provide leading advice – Be the centre of excellence for environmental and social communication.
  • Minimise our impact – Measure and reduce our CO2 emissions and continue to purchase high quality carbon offset to be a carbon neutral company. In 2007 we established a goal to reduce our energy consumption by 20% by 2010.
  • Manage risk in our operations – Comply with all laws and industry codes governing marketing material. Improve standards and measurement in marketing practices, employment, supply chain and environment.
  • Make a contribution – Continue to leverage pro bono work, contributing up to 0.4% of revenue.

Business benefits from our CR strategy

We believe that our CR strategy will benefit our business in a number of ways:

  • Generate new business opportunities. Increasingly, leading companies are looking for marketing services agencies to help them communicate their social and environmental achievements to a wide audience. Our CR program enhances our understanding of CR issues and supports our businesses in competitive pitches.
  • Attract, retain and motivate the best people. There is strong competition for talent in our industry and questions relating to CR are frequently raised by existing employees and new candidates during job interviews. Creating a diverse company culture, adopting leading employment practices and demonstrating our commitment to social and environmental issues can help us to attract the best people. A diverse workforce also enhances our understanding of consumers in all markets.
  • Enhance our reputation. We will reduce the risk of adverse publicity by ensuring that our work complies fully with regulations and marketing standards and carefully evaluating the risk associated with new commissions. Our pro bono work and support for charities and community organisations reinforces our reputation for making a positive contribution in society.
  • Meet investor expectations. WPP share owners continue to show interest in our CR practices and we aim to respond constructively to their requests for information.