GRI table

The content of this report is prepared in accordance with the core option of the Global Reporting Initiative’s (GRI) G4 guidelines.

We have also referred to the GRI Media Sector Supplement and include disclosures for the indicators relevant to our business. These are marked (M). However, the Media Sector Supplement has been developed primarily for content-generating organisations such as broadcasters and newspapers, and issues such as editorial independence and freedom of expression are not material for our business. This means the majority of the indicators in the Media Sector Supplement are not relevant to our reporting and are not included in this Index.

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STRATEGY AND ANALYSIS

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G4-1 Statement from most senior decision maker.
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G4-2 Key impacts, risks and opportunities.
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ORGANISATIONAL PROFILE

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G4-3 Name of the organization.
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WPP plc

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G4-4 Primary brands, products and services.
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WPP – What we do, rapturecity.info/wpp/ about/whatwedo/

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G4-5 Location of the organisation’s headquarters.
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WPP – Where we are, rapturecity.info/wpp/ about/whereweare/

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G4-6 Number of countries where the organisation operates, and names of countries where either the organisation has significant operations or that are specifically relevant to the sustainability topics covered in the report.
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G4-7 Nature of ownership and legal form.
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WPP Annual Report and Accounts 2016, rapturecity.info/ annualreports/2016/

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G4-8 Markets served (including geographic breakdown, sectors served, and types of customers and beneficiaries).
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G4-9 Scale of organisation.
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WPP – At a glance, rapturecity.info/wpp/ about/wppataglance/

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G4-10 (M) Total workforce by employment contract and gender.
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We do not currently report employee numbers by contract type or the number of freelance workers.
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G4-11 Percentage of total employees covered by collective bargaining agreements.
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Our people/Monitoring progress/ Labour relations

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G4-12 Describe the organisation’s supply chain.
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Supply chain

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G4-13 Significant changes during the reporting period regarding the organisation’s size, structure, ownership, or its supply chain.
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No major changes during the year.
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About this report

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G4-14 Whether and how the precautionary approach or principle is addressed by the organisation.
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G4-15 Externally developed economic, environmental and social charters, principles, or other initiatives to which the organisation subscribes or which it endorses.
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G4-16 Memberships in associations (such as industry associations) and/or national/international advocacy organisations in which the organisation:
  • has positions in governance bodies
  • participates in projects or committees
  • provides substantive funding beyond routine membership dues; or
  • views membership as strategic.
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IDENTIFIED MATERIAL ASPECTS AND BOUNDARIES

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G4-17 All entities included in the organisation’s consolidated financial statements or equivalent documents and whether any of these entities is not covered by the report.
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The data in our Sustainability Report covers all subsidiaries of the Group. A subsidiary is an entity which we control and/or have a majority shareholding. Associates and joint ventures, where the Group may have influence or joint control, but not outright control, are not included. Data in our financial reporting will include associate companies not covered in our Sustainability Report.
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G4-18 Explain the process for defining the report content and the Aspect Boundaries and how the organisation has implemented the Reporting Principles for Defining Report Content.
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G4-19 All the material Aspects identified in the process for defining report content.
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G4-20 The Aspect Boundary within the organisation for each material Aspect.
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All Material Aspects selected in this report apply equally to all of our operations and entities as listed in G4-17, unless otherwise noted.
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G4-21 The Aspect Boundary outside the organisation for each material Aspect.
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Our materiality assessment diagram indicates the relative importance of each of our material issues to stakeholders. The material Aspects apply equally across stakeholder groups and geographies unless otherwise noted.
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G4-22 The effect of any restatements of information provided in previous reports, and the reasons for such restatements.
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G4-23 Significant changes from previous reporting periods in the Scope and Aspect Boundaries.
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There have been no significant changes from previous reporting periods.
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Stakeholder engagement

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G4-24 A list of stakeholder groups engaged by the organisation.
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G4-25 The basis for identification and selection of stakeholders with whom to engage.
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G4-26 The organisation’s approach to stakeholder engagement, including frequency of engagement by type and by stakeholder group, and an indication of whether any of the engagement was undertaken specifically as part of the report preparation process.
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G4-27 Key topics and concerns that have been raised through stakeholder engagement, and how the organisation has responded to those key topics and concerns, including through its reporting. The stakeholder groups that raised each of the key topics and concerns.
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The topics raised by our stakeholders are included on our materiality matrix and the issues of high importance to our stakeholders are all addressed in our Sustainability Report. The issues covered in our reporting are all topics that are of interest to our two most important external stakeholder groups – clients and investors. We do not report on the specific points raised by individual stakeholders.
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REPORT PROFILE

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G4-28 Reporting period for information provided.
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About this report
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G4-29 Date of most recent previous report (if any).
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Sustainability Report Archive
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G4-30 Reporting cycle.
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About this report
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G4-31 The contact point for questions regarding the report or its contents.
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Get in touch
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G4-32 Report the ‘in accordance’ option the organization has chosen; the GRI Content Index for the chosen option and the reference to the External Assurance Report, if the report has been externally assured.
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G4-33 The organisation’s policy and current practice with regard to seeking external assurance for the report.
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GOVERNANCE

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G4-34 (M) The governance structure of the organisation, including committees of the highest governance body. Identify any committees responsible for decision-making on economic, environmental and social impacts.
 
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G4-36 Whether the organisation has appointed an executive-level position or positions with responsibility for economic, environmental and social topics, and whether post holders report directly to the highest governance body.
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ETHICS AND INTEGRITY

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G4-56 (M) The organisation’s values, principles, standards and norms of behaviour such as codes of conduct and codes of ethics.
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G4-58 The internal and external mechanisms for reporting concerns about unethical or unlawful behaviour, and matters related to organisational integrity, such as escalation through line management, whistleblowing mechanisms or hotlines.
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G4-DMA for all material economic impacts
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INDICATORS BY ASPECTS

CATEGORY: ECONOMIC

Economic Performance

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G4-EC1 Direct economic value generated and distributed
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G4-EC2 Financial implications, risks and opportunities due to climate change
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Market Presence

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G4-EC6 Portion of senior management hired from the local community at significant locations of operation
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Indirect Economic Impacts

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G4-EC7 (M) Development and impact of infrastructure investments and services supported
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We provide pro bono services, donate money to charity and negotiate free media space on behalf of pro bono clients which can have a positive social impact.
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G4-EC8 Significant indirect economic impacts, including the extent of impacts
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Quantifying our impacts

CATEGORY: ENVIRONMENTAL

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G4-DMA for all material environmental aspects
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Energy

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G4-EN3 Energy consumption within the organisation.
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G4-EN4 Energy consumption outside of the organisation.
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G4-EN6 Reduction of energy consumption.
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G4-EN7 (M) Reduction in energy requirements of products and services.
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Environment/Our wider carbon impact.

Emissions

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G4-EN15 Direct greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions (scope 1).
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This data is externally assured.
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G4-EN16 Energy indirect greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions (scope 2).
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This data is externally assured.
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G4-EN17 Other indirect greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions (scope 3).
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Data for business air travel is externally assured.
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G4-EN18 Greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions intensity.
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G4-EN19 Reduction of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.
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Effluents and Waste

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G4-EN23 Total weight of waste by type and disposal method.
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Waste to recycling data is externally assured.
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Products and Services

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G4-EN27 Extent of impact mitigation of environmental impacts of products and services.
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Transport

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G4-EN30 Significant environmental impacts of transporting products and other goods and materials used for the organisation’s operations, and transporting members of the workforce.
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Supplier Environmental Assessment

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G4-EN32 Percentage of new suppliers that were screened using environmental criteria.
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G4-EN33 Significant actual and potential negative environmental impacts in the supply chain and actions taken.
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Environment/Our wider carbon impact

CATEGORY: SOCIAL

LABOUR PRACTICES AND DECENT WORK

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G4-DMA
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Employment

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G4-LA1 Total number and rates of new employee hires and employee turnover by age group, gender, and region.
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We do not currently report turnover rates.
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G4-LA3 Return to work and retention rates after parental leave, by gender.
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Our people/Diversity and inclusion/Flexible working and support for working parents

Occupational Health and Safety

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G4-LA6 Type of injury and rates of injury, occupational diseases, lost days, and absenteeism, and total number of work-related fatalities, by region and by gender.
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Health and safety data is externally assured.
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G4-LA8 Health and safety topics covered in formal agreements with trade unions
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Health and safety data is externally assured.
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Our people/Health, safety and well-being

Training and Education

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G4-LA9 (M) Average hours of training per year per employee by gender, and by employee category.
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We report training spend per person and by gender but not by category.
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G4-LA10 Programs for skills management and lifelong learning that support the continued employability of employees and assist them in managing career endings.
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Our people/Training and development
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G4-LA11 Percentage of employees receiving regular performance and career development reviews, by gender and by employment category.
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We do not report data by gender.
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Our people/Training and development/Appraisals and performance development

Diversity and Equal Opportunity

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G4-LA12 Composition of governance bodies and breakdown of employees per employee category according to gender, age group, minority group membership, and other indicators of diversity.
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Our data on age, gender and ethnic diversity is externally assured.
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Supplier Assessment for Labour Practices

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G4-LA14 Percentage of new suppliers that were screened using labour practices criteria.
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Labour Practices Grievance Mechanisms

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G4-LA16 Number of grievances about labour practices filed, addressed, and resolved through formal grievance mechanisms.
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Our people/Monitoring progress/Employment infringements

HUMAN RIGHTS

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G4-DMA for all material human rights related aspects
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Investment

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G4-HR1 Total number and percentage of significant investment agreements and contracts that include human rights clauses or that underwent human rights screening.
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Human rights issues are covered in our Code of Business Conduct – Supplier Version, which supplier partners are asked to sign.
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Supply chain
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G4-HR2 (M) Total hours of employee training on policies and procedures concerning aspects of human rights that are relevant to operations, including the percentage of employees trained.
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Human rights issues, including in relation to the impact of advertising on human rights, are covered in our online ethics training.
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Non-discrimination

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G4-HR3 Total number of incidents of discrimination and corrective actions taken.
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We do not report separate data on this. Any cases involving allegations of discrimination against our people are included in the data on employment infringements.
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Forced or Compulsory Labour

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G4-HR6 Operations and suppliers identified as having significant risk for incidents of forced or compulsory labour, and measures to contribute to the elimination of all forms of forced or compulsory labour.
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Assessment

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G4-HR9 Total number and percentage of operations that have been subject to human rights reviews or impact assessments.
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Supplier Human Rights Assessment

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G4-HR10 Percentage of new suppliers that were screened using human rights criteria.
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SOCIETY

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G4-DMA
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Anti-corruption

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G4-SO4 Communication and training on anti-corruption policies and procedures.
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Our client work/Our ethical standards.

Public Policy

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G4-SO6 Total value of political contributions by country and recipient/beneficiary.
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WPP the parent company does not make political contributions.
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Our client work/Public policy and lobbying, Political contributions

PRODUCT RESPONSIBILITY

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G4-DMA
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Marketing communications

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G4-PR7 (M) Total number of incidents of non-compliance with regulations and voluntary codes concerning marketing communications, including advertising, promotion, and sponsorship by type of outcomes.
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We do not currently report data in this area.
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Our client work/Our ethical standards/Compliance with marketing standards

Customer Privacy

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G4-PR8 Total number of substantiated complaints regarding breaches of customer privacy and losses of customer data.
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We do not currently report data in this area.
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Our client work/Privacy and data security