Global Reporting Initiative Reports

GRI Indicator 413-1
Reporting Level Complete
Sustainable Development Goals

Operations with local community engagement, impact assessments, and development programs

IPG aims to strengthen the communities where we live, where we work, and where we vote.

IPG aims to strengthen the communities where we live, where we work, and where we vote.

Nearly every day in every corner of the globe, people from IPG and from our companies are lending their talents and expertise to causes near and dear to them. The work that we do helps build stronger communities, a cleaner world and more diverse and inclusive workplaces. What’s more, this work strengthens our organization, wins awards and grows our business, while making us an employer of choice.

IPG has continued our purpose-driven work that aligns with our role as a member of the Business Roundtable, and a signatory to its new Statement on the Purpose of a Corporation, which aims to promote an economy that serves all Americans. IPG’s global community initiatives are informed by the priorities of our employees, clients, and investors.

For example, IPG has been involved in projects around clean water and sanitation, as do several IPG clients who also support the UN Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) #6.. In 2019, IPG continued our long-standing support of SDG 6: Clean water and sanitation for all – by directing resources to our partner charity:water, which uses 100% of all donations to bring clean and safe drinking water to people around the world. Each year we launch a campaign to raise money for clean water, and so far, IPG employees have funded six projects, including areas in Bangladesh, Ethiopia, Mali, and Mozambique.

IPG has sponsored the creation of a fresh water well in Tigray, Ethiopia, where non-well sources are often contaminated by open defecation practices. In December 2019, construction was completed on the rehabilitation of a hand pump well, providing access to safe drinking water. The project also included training democratically elected community leaders in the day-to-day operation and management of their water point, and forming a water user committee to support long-term upkeep of the well and pump. On every committee, the membership must be 50% women or girls. We have also helped fund a piped system tap stand for a community in Mali, implemented by local partner World Vision, Inc.

Additionally, we believe in promoting opportunities to engage and donate time to communities at all our agencies. Each agency implements these programs in their own unique ways using their specific skills and expertise. IPG and our agencies create work that makes a difference on issues important to so many of us and our communities, like protecting democracyencouraging mask wearingraising awareness around mental health and so much more. Such purpose-driven projects can be found on IPG’s Sustainability and Purpose webpage.

Each year, IPG contributes financially through in-kind donations to many organizations focused on economic justice, environmental, health, and social impact, having a positive effect on our communities. Below is a list of some of the organizations to which IPG has contributed during the past year.

  • Advertising Educational Foundation
  • A lot to Grow
  • American Advertising Federation
  • American Red Cross
  • Baruch College Fund
  • Business Council for International Understanding
  • Catalyst
  • Center for Talent Innovation
  • Central Park Conservancy
  • charity: water
  • Chief Executives For Corporate Purpose
  • Committee for Economic Development
  • Diabetes Research Institute Foundation
  • Holy Apostles Soup Kitchen
  • James Lenox House Association
  • John A. Reisenbach Foundation
  • League of American Bicyclists
  • Lincoln Center Corporate Fund
  • Live Out Loud
  • Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
  • Mothers 2 Mothers
  • Naomi Berrie Diabetes Center
  • New York City Center
  • New York City Police Foundation
  • New York Presbyterian Hospital
  • NYC Outward Bound Center
  • NY Urban League
  • NYWICI Foundation
  • Partnership for New York City Foundation
  • Partnership to End Addiction (Center on Addiction)
  • Ronald McDonald House of New York
  • Ron Brown Scholarship Fund
  • Saakhi
  • She Runs It
  • Francis Food Pantries & Shelters
  • Johns University
  • The Advertising Council, Inc.
  • The Fund for Public Schools – IPG Scholarships
  • The New York Pops
  • The New York Women’s Foundation
  • The Paley Center for Media
  • United Nations Foundation
  • Unstereotype Alliance/UN Women
  • Whitney Museum of American Art