Michael Roth on Earth Day and Sustainability

In honor of the 46th anniversary of the first Earth Day, Michael Roth, IPG's Chairman and CEO, issued the following note to corporate staff today:

This Friday is the 46th anniversary of Earth Day, a day that marked the beginning of the modern environmental movement. And while some of the language around environmentalism may have changed, its main tenets remain. This anniversary of Earth Day seems an opportune time to reflect a bit on what IPG is doing in this important area we now call sustainability.

At IPG, we define sustainability broadly – it encompasses environmental issues and our commitment to a diverse and inclusive workforce. Our sustainability programs also include the pro bono commitments that we make to communities around the world where our employees live and work.

To foster a healthy business for the long-term, we’re committed to ensuring that our environment and our communities remain healthy and thriving. That’s not the only reason IPG is committed to sustainability – quite simply, it’s the right thing to do.

Later this year, IPG will become the first U.S.-based ad holding company to issue a sustainability report utilizing the GRI-G4 framework, the most widely accepted standard around sustainability reporting. In preparation for this report, we also embarked on the first formal measurement of our emissions and other environmental impacts using Green House Gas Protocol Corporate Standards. This past year, we also became the first U.S.-based ad holding company to sign onto the U.N. Global Compact, a set of principles about the environment, human rights and anti-corruption. And, our sustainability program is featured in the new Business Roundtable Report, Create, Grow, Sustain: People and Technology at Work.

Much of what our company does in sustainability is captured on our STRONGER website. When you look at the site, you get a broad picture of who we are and what we are doing as a company in this area including raising awareness around tuberculosis, debunking gender stereotypes and supporting the UN Sustainable Development Goals. Company-sponsored, large scale projects like those featured on STRONGER are key to our sustainability initiatives, as are individual efforts.

Many of our office buildings are sponsoring programs in honor of Earth Day. For example, our new corporate headquarters at 909 Third Avenue in New York is holding its semi-annual electronics waste drive, accepting small electronics, used cell phones, laptops and cabling in the lobby all week. Please check with your facilities manager to see what efforts may be underway at your location.

IPG is proud of the work that we are doing around sustainability and we’re committed to growing and broadening this commitment in the year ahead.


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