Employee infringements

We strive to treat all our people fairly and with respect. Occasionally things do not go according to plan. We may get things wrong or the overall interests of a company or the Group may be incompatible with requirements of local employment legislation.

We monitor the number of employment cases involving WPP. In 2008 there were 122 new cases, compared to 79 cases in 2007. During the year 139 cases were concluded. Of these 16 were withdrawn, 40 agreed between parties, 62 judged against WPP and 21 judged in our favour.

All cases are carefully evaluated to ensure that we have the right policies and procedures in place to reduce infringements wherever possible.