Diversity and inclusion


A diverse workforce adds value to our businesses. It helps us understand consumers from all walks of life and create compelling marketing for our clients. An inclusive workplace culture helps us attract the most talented people from all backgrounds.

We introduced a non-discrimination policy in 1992. This commits all WPP companies to select, develop and promote people based on merit and regardless of race, religion, national origin, colour, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age or disability. Our Code of Conduct contains policies on harassment and non-discrimination. Where existing employees become disabled, our policy is to provide continuing employment and training wherever practicable.
 
Employees can report any concerns or suspected violations of our policies confidentially and anonymously through our Right to Speak helpline.

The CEOs of our operating companies are ultimately responsible for diversity and inclusion.

We review our companies’ diversity programs as part of our annual talent review process. There are currently three women on WPP’s Board, Esther Dyson, Orit Gadiesh and Lubna Olayan; and a female Company Secretary, Marie Capes; Group communications director, Feona McEwan; and Group chief counsel, Andrea Harris.

Our progress
Gender diversity (%female)
  2008 2009 2010 2011 2012
Board members 32 32 31 31 32
Senior managers 47 46 48 47 47
Total employees 54 54 54 54 54


Ethnicity in the UK & US (% ethnic minority)
  2008 2009 2010 2011 2012
Board members 12 8 11 11 11
Senior managers 16 16 16 17 18
Total employees 23 23 24 24 23


Age diversity (%)
  2008 2009 2010 2011 2012
19 or under 1 1 1 1 1
20-29 42 38 38 38 36
30-39 36 38 37 37 37
40-49 15 16 17 17 18
59-59 5 6 6 6 7
60 and over 1 1 1 1 1

For more information about gender, ethnicity and age diversity see our latest Sustainability report.






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For more information about diversity & inclusion see the latest Sustainability report