Specific Standard Disclosures: Environment
GRI Indicator G4-EN17 Reporting Level
IPG’s nearly 50,000 employees around the world travel more than 290 million miles each year on airplanes. In 2014, the IPG travel department developed a new way to track carbon emissions related to that travel and a way for our business travelers to play a role in reducing those emissions.
While we work to limit our travel where possible, in a client services business, some of our travel is absolutely essential. Smart travel policies – traveling less where possible, traveling lighter and traveling smarter – is a shared goal that we have committed to. To help ensure that travel across our organization is as sustainable as possible, we have enhanced our online booking tool to allow business travelers to sort air travel by carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions as well as by time and cost. We have tracked the annual CO2 emissions of IPG business travel in the past. And this new system – for the first time – gives us a viable, strong lever to effect change. This new tracking system has been turned on in nearly all countries where online booking is available.
CO2 emissions are one of the main contributors to global warming, with aviation and work-related travel being a significant carbon emitter. With this new enhancement to our online travel booking tool, our business travelers can now assess comparative CO2 emissions between IPG preferred carriers, allowing us to make smarter travel choices that are also less damaging to the environment.
By understanding the impact each of us can have upon the economic, environmental, and social sustainability of our communities, our employees can contribute in small ways to the ongoing health of our communities. Our travel program that takes carbon emissions into consideration was one of the first of its kind to be instituted at a Fortune 500 company, helping make IPG a leader for our industry in this important area of sustainability.
In 2015, IPG employees around the world traveled a total of 296,957,350 miles, with total emissions of 60,899 tCO2e (metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent).