Specific Standard Disclosures: Environment
GRI Indicator G4-EN7 Reporting Level
Reductions in energy requirements of products and services
- Report the reductions in the energy requirements of sold products and services achieved during the reporting period, in joules or multiples.
- Report the basis for calculating reductions in energy consumption such as base year or baseline, and the rationale for choosing it.
- Report standards, methodologies, and assumptions used.
To streamline our operations and reduce unnecessary usage of energy, water, and natural resources, IPG focuses on our people. Specifically, we are focused on increasing the efficiency of key employee processes: building operations (real estate occupied), travel and transportation, technology use, and supplier/vendor purchasing (sourcing).
Our Corporate Sustainability Policy was launched in 2010, and encourages employees to reduce impacts through four key behaviors:
- Using energy more efficiently.
- Instituting recycling programs where available.
- Managing travel more efficiently.
- Employing "green building practices" in IPG real estate holdings.
Over the years, IPG has achieved measurable results in our sustainability initiatives that include:
- 35% Reduction in Rentable Square Foot per Employee from 2004 to 2016
- 14 IPG offices are Leed certified
- All new tenant build outs conform to Leed-certified or better
- USD 5.5 Million in savings due to furniture recycling from 2007 to present
By re-utilizing furniture within the portfolio, IPG avoids purchasing new materials, while reducing landfill waste. As reported by the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) discarded furniture represented over 4% of U.S. landfill by weight in 2010, at over 10 million tons discarded per year.
Information Technology – to improve IT operational efficiencies and reduce energy consumption, IPG has migrated its IT infrastructure and applications operations to the state-of-the-art Scott Technology Center facilities located on the campus of the University of Nebraska at Omaha (State of Nebraska).
IPG consolidated its four Global IT Data Centers to this new facility, which utilizes energy-efficient technology and virtualization. As a result, since 2008, IPG IT has decreased the number of physical servers in our production and disaster recovery facilities by 30% while increasing its hosting services; more than doubling the amount of storage. IPG also achieved a 66% reduction in IT power consumption and reduced the Central IT data center square footage by half when we centralized our data centers (starting in 2008).
IPG IT continues to adopt new energy efficient technology as older servers and storage age out and need replacement, and over the years, we have been able to continue to reduce the number of server racks and power required to run IPG's enterprise infrastructure and applications while continually adding new feature functionality. Additionally, Central IT will be moving to Jersey City, NJ, and we are working toward LEED certification in our new building there.