WPP does not make political contributions from corporate resources with the occasional exception of very small, lawful contributions to local candidates in the US.
In countries where it is consistent with applicable law, individuals working at WPP make personal voluntary political contributions directly to candidates for office. Three of our businesses – Wexler & Walker, Hill & Knowlton and Burson-Marsteller – also maintain political action committees (PACs) which accept voluntary donations from employees to support political candidates.
On occasion, WPP engages in the debate on public policy issues relevant to our business, sometimes operating through our public affairs companies. For example, during 2011 Sir Martin Sorrell is participating in a round table advising the UK Government’s communications review. Our operating companies also engage on relevant issues. For example, our digital and research companies give their views on proposed changes to privacy and data protection regulation.
Several WPP companies have public affairs practices which lobby governments on behalf of clients.