We have a global network of companies, with 3,000 offices in 110 countries. We are embedding sustainability into our working practices, at both Group and operating company level.
WPP's Sustainability Committee
Paul Richardson, WPP’s Group finance director, is the Board director responsible for corporate sustainability. Reflecting our decentralised structure, the practical work of implementation is devolved to WPP companies around the world, with strategic direction and policy principles – notably the WPP Code of Conduct and Group Sustainability Policy – set at Group level.
The WPP Sustainability Committee is made up of senior representatives from our companies and Group functions. The committee meets on our Sustainability Strategy Day each September to review progress on a variety of sustainability issues. Paul Richardson shares outcomes from this meeting with WPP’s Nomination and Governance Committee and Board of Directors.
Our central sustainability function develops strategy and coordinates data collection. It communicates on sustainability matters on behalf of the whole Group and works with Group functions (such as our talent team, legal, real estate, IT and procurement), to further our sustainability priorities. The head of sustainability reports directly to the Group finance director.
We have established key performance indicators to help us review and improve our performance. Sustainability data is collected quarterly through our Group financial reporting system, which supports integration into operating company management systems.
Our carbon and employment data is verified by Bureau Veritas, an independent assurance provider.
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