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.
 

Our progress
Gender diversity (% female)
  2013 2012 2011 2010 2009
WPP Board
29
19 19 19 21
Executive leaders
32
32 31 31 32
Senior managers
47 47 47 48 46
Other employees 56 57 57 57 57
All staff 54 54 54 54 54


Ethnicity in the UK & US (% ethnic minority)
  2013 2012 2011 2010 2009
Executive leaders
10 11 11 11 8
Senior managers 18 18 17 16 16
Other employees 27 25 26 26 26
All staff
25 23 23 23 23


Age diversity (%)
  2013 2012 2011 2010 2009
19 or under 1 1 1 1 1
20-29 36 36 38 38 38
30-39 37 37 37 37 37
40-49 18 18 17 17 16
59-59 7 7 6 6 7
60 and over 1 1 1 1 1


Training and welfare (£m)
  2013 2012 2011 2010 2009
  64.4 57.8 58.3 48.9 40

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