Global Reporting Initiative Reports

GRI Indicator 305-3
Reporting Level Complete

Other indirect greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions (Scope 3) Report gross other indirect (Scope 3) GHG emissions in metric tons of CO2 equivalent, excluding indirect emissions from the generation of purchased or acquired electricity, heating, cooling, and steam consumed by the organization (these indirect emissions are reported in Indicator G4-EN16). Exclude any GHG trades, such as purchases, sales, or transfers of offsets or allowances. Report gases included in the calculation, if available. Report biogenic CO2 emissions in metric tons of CO2 equivalent separately from the gross other indirect (Scope 3) GHG emissions. Report other indirect (Scope 3) emissions categories and activities included in the calculation. Report the chosen base year, the rationale for choosing the base year, emissions in the base year, and the context for any significant changes in emissions that triggered recalculations of base year emissions.

Smart travel policies – traveling less where possible, traveling lighter and traveling smarter – is a shared goal that we have committed to.

Other indirect greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions (Scope 3)

IPG’s 50,200 employees around the world travel nearly 300 million miles each year on airplanes. Several years ago, 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 big part in reducing those emissions.

While we work to limit our travel where possible, in a client services business, some of our travel is essential.  Efficient 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. This tracking system has been turned on in nearly all countries where online booking is available, allowing our business travelers to 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.

In 2017, IPG employees around the world traveled a total of 298,386,176 miles, with total emissions of 59,842 tCO2e (metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent).