We focus our CR efforts on preferred suppliers that provide centrally purchased goods and services such as IT, travel, telecommunications, professional services (e.g. consultancy and recruitment) and facilities management. We spend around $1.5 billion with these suppliers each year and contracts are negotiated by WPP Procurement & Commercial Services. The size of these contracts, and the fact that they are negotiated centrally, means that we can use our commercial influence to bring improvements.
We also spend around $1.5 billion on goods and services for use in client work, such as film and print production, post production and market research services. These contracts are usually negotiated by individual operating companies. Suppliers of these goods and services are currently not included in our Group CR program, although individual operating companies may engage these companies on CR.