Sustainability and Purpose Results
Dow Jones Sustainability Index
In 2020, IPG was named to the Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI), North America, in recognition of its commitment to sustainable business practices. The DJSI North America tracks the performance of leading companies in terms of economic, environmental and social criteria. The ranking provides stakeholders, including investors, insight into corporate sustainability practices considered critical for generating long-term societal and shareholder value. This index recognizes the top 20% sustainability performers among the 600 largest U.S. and Canadian companies. IPG is the only U.S.-based advertising holding company named to this prestigious list.
As part of our commitment to the United Nations SDG 6, access to water and sanitation, IPG has partnered with charity: water on several initiatives that bring water to those in need. In 2017 IPG fully funded a drilled well for an entire community in Tigray, Ethiopia, and in 2018 IPG funded a rehabilitated well with a hand pump in Ethiopia that provides water to nearly 200 people. In addition, our employees have contributed to the cause, bringing clean water to hundreds of people around the world.
Measuring Our Impact and Setting Goals for Reduction
IPG is measuring its energy use and emissions, and we have set a reduction target to lower our emissions 10 percent by 2030 from our 2015 baseline. Each year we have increased our boundary for measurement, meaning where and how we formally track our energy usage and GHG emissions. In 2018, IPG began measuring its emissions and other environmental impacts using GHG Protocol Corporate Standards at all of its buildings in North America and those globally that were larger than 50,000 square feet. As of 2018, this expanded boundary includes approximately 150 buildings and 75 percent of the company’s worldwide portfolio.
Sustainability and Purpose Initiatives
Global Reporting Initiative
Since 2015, IPG has published sustainability reports utilizing the GRI framework—and we were the first U.S.-based holding company to do so.
Sustainable Development Goals
IPG is committed to advancing the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). We have adopted SDG 6, access to water and sanitation, as part of our role in Common Ground, the initiative that brings together the largest holding companies in the advertising and marketing sector in support of the SDGs.