Sustainability – conducting our business ethically, and in line with the long-term health of the communities where our employees live and work – is a key to IPG’s business strategy… Doing what’s right for our communities is an important part of our DNA and of our history. It’s also critical to our continued success.
During 2016, we released our first sustainability report that was conducted in accordance with the Global Reporting Initiative and expanded the measurement of our emissions and other environmental impacts using GHG Protocol Corporate Standards. We now track and measure emissions at our largest offices in North America as well as 90% of our leased facilities and 100% of our owned facilities in the UK. IPG continues to make strides in our areas of focus – energy usage, recycling, travel and green building practices, as outlined in our sustainability policy – with a 35% reduction in square foot per employee from 2004 to 2016 and a 70% reduction in power consumption in our central IT operations since 2008.
We also renewed our support of the United Nations Global Compact and committed to uphold the Compact’s ten principles in the areas of environmental sustainability, fair labor practices, human rights and anti-corruption.
This year, IPG signed onto Common Ground, an initiative that brings together the major marketing and advertising holding companies in support of the UN Sustainable Development Goals. IPG adopted UN Sustainable Development Goal Number 6, ensuring universal access to clean water and sanitation. Our agencies are engaged in many initiatives that foster the advancement of goal number 6. In addition to raising awareness and funds for the global water crisis, we’ve partnered with clients to help save children’s lives via hand washing, and we are part of a consortium that is bringing freshwater research – and the sport of rowing – to the Kafue River in Zambia. IPG has produced a video to capture this commitment.
Doing what’s right for our communities is an important part of our DNA and of our history. It’s also critical to our continued success.
We look forward to continuing to deepen and broaden our commitment to sustainability during the year ahead. More about IPG’s commitment to communities where our employees live and work is captured on our sustainability website, STRONGER.