Specific Standard Disclosures: Society

Communication and training on anti-corruption policies and procedures

​a. Report the total number and percentage of governance body members that the organization’s anti-corruption
    policies and procedures have been communicated to, broken down by region.
b. ​Report the total number and percentage of employees that the organization’s anti-corruption policies and
    procedures have been communicated to, broken down by employee category and region.
c. ​Report the total number and percentage of business partners that the organization’s anti-corruption policies
    and procedures have been communicated to, broken down by type of business partner and region.
d. Report the total number and percentage of governance body members that have received training on
    anti-corruption, broken down by region.
​e. Report the total number and percentage of employees that have received training on anti-corruption, broken
    down by employee category and region.

IPG regularly communicates its anti-corruption policies and procedures by a variety of methods. Some messages are intended for a broad audience (e.g., general announcement of any changes in anti-corruption policy; and anti-corruption messages which are included in the IPG Legal newsletter sent to all employees).  Other messages are targeted to specific audiences, such as live anti-corruption presentations at regional finance and legal conferences and webcasts. Communications are also tailored to specific jurisdictions or in connection with circumstances that may pose increased risks. For example, during the Mid-Autumn Festival (a Chinese holiday in which business associates traditionally exchange gifts), IPG sends a reminder to Chinese employees of the company’s Gift Policy. To have maximum impact, this reminder is sent by local management in the Chinese language.

All employees, worldwide, are required to take an annual Code of Conduct training, which includes anti-corruption matters. In addition, IPG Legal, Risk and Internal Audit personnel regularly conduct live, in-person training sessions for key personnel in significant, high-risk markets such as China, India, South Africa and Brazil. 

a. Report the total number and percentage of governance body members that the organization’s anti-corruption
    policies and procedures have been communicated to, broken down by region.

    • IPG’s Board of Directors is regularly apprised of our anti-corruption program.

b. Report the total number and percentage of employees that the organization’s anti-corruption
    policies and procedures have been communicated to, broken down by employee category and region.

    • 100% of employees are advised of the anti-corruption policies and procedures.

 c. Report the total number and percentage of business partners that the organization’s anti-corruption policies
     and procedures have been communicated to, broken down by type of business partner and region.

    • Our vendors are aware that we expect their compliance with IPG’s Supplier Code of Conduct as well as the IPG Code of Conduct.  It is referenced in invoices and/or contracts.  For business partners that present an elevated risk level, we include detailed provisions relating to anti-corruption in the relevant contracts.

d. Report the total number and percentage of governance body members that have received training on
    anti-corruption, broken down by region.

    • 100% of governance body members receive training on anti-corruption.

e. Report the total number and percentage of employees that have received training on anti-corruption,
    broken down by employee category and region

    • All employees, worldwide, are required to take an annual Code of Conduct training, which includes anti-corruption matters. In addition, IPG Legal, Risk and Internal Audit personnel regularly conduct live, in-person training sessions for key personnel in significant, high-risk markets such as China, India, South Africa and Brazil.