We refer to the Global Reporting Index (GRI) when compiling our report. This index shows which GRI indicators are covered fully or partially in our reporting.

    GRI guideline Where to find information
Strategy and analysis
1.1 Core Statement from the most senior decision-maker of the organisation (e.g., CEO, chair, or equivalent senior position) about the relevance of sustainability to the organisation and its strategy. CEO letter
1.2 Core Description of key impacts, risks and opportunities. Organisation should provide two concise narrative sections on key impacts, risks and opportunities. Section 1 should focus on organisation's key impacts on sustainability and effects on stakeholders, including rights as defined by national laws and relevant internationally agreed standards. This should take into account the range of reasonable expectations and interests of the organisation’s stakeholders. Section 2 should focus on impact of sustainability trends, risks and opportunities on long-term prospects and financial performance of the organisation. Should concentrate specifically on information relevant to financial stakeholders or that could become so in the future. CR and our business strategy,
How we manage risk and opportunity   
Profile
2.1   Name of reporting organisation. WPP PLC
2.2   Primary brands, products and or services. Who we are,
What we do 
2.3   Operational structure of the organisation including main divisions, operating companies, subsidiaries and joint ventures. Our companies,
WPP at a glance,
WPP fast facts,
Where we are
2.4   Location of organisation’s headquarters. Where we are 
2.5   Number of countries where organisation operates, and names of countries with either major operations or that are specifically relevant to the sustainability issues covered in the report. Our companies 
2.6   Nature of ownership and legal form. Annual Report - Our companies & associates 
2.7   Markets served (including geographic breakdown, sectors served and types of customers/beneficiaries). Our companies,
WPP fast facts
2.8   Scale of the reporting organisation including:
  • Number of employees
  • Number of operations
  • Net sales or net revenues
  • Total capitalisation broken down in terms or debt and equity; and
  • Quantity of products or services provided
WPP at a Glance,
Annual Report - Consolidated balance sheet  
2.9   Significant changes during the reporting period regarding size, structure or ownership, including:
  • Location of, or changes in operations, including facility operations, closings, and expansions; and
  • Changes in the share capital structure and other capital formation, maintenance, and alteration operations.
Annual Report - Financial summary charts,
Annual Report - Letter to share owners 
2.10   Awards received in the reporting period. Stakeholder engagement,
Impact of our work,
Development and training,
Health and wellbeing,
Awards,
Pro bono showcase,
Reading Room: Awards,
About share ownership 
Report Parameters
3.1   Reporting period (e.g., fiscal/calendar year) for information provided. About this report
3.2   Date of most recent previous report. CR report archive 
3.3   Reporting cycle. About this report
3.4   Contact point for questions regarding the report or its contents. About this report
Report scope and boundary
3.5   Process for defining report content, including:
  • Determining materiality.
  • Prioritising topics within the report; and
  • Identifying stakeholders the organisation expects to use the report.
How we manage risk and opportunity,
Stakeholder engagement 
3.6   Boundary of the report. About this report 
3.7   State any specific limitations on the scope or boundary of the report. Not reported
3.8   Basis for reporting on joint ventures, subsidiaries, leased facilities, outsourced operations, and other entities that can significantly affect comparability from period to period and/or between organisations. Not reported – data is for wholly-owned WPP companies only
3.9   Data measurement techniques and the bases of calculations, including assumptions and techniques underlying estimations applied to the compilation of the indicators and other information in the report. Monitoring performance,
Environment,
Social investment,
About this report 
3.10   Explanation of the effect of any re-statements of information provided in earlier reports, and the reasons for such re-statement. Environment 
3.11   Significant changes from previous reporting periods in the scope, boundary or measurement methods applied in the report. Environment 
GRI content index
3.12   Table identifying the location of the Standard disclosures in the report. This table
Assurance
3.13   Policy and current practice with regard to seeking external assurance for the report. If not included in the assurance report accompanying the sustainability report, explain the scope and basis of any external assurance provided. Also explain the relationship between the reporting organisation and the assurance provider. The report is not currently externally assured.
Governance, Commitments and Engagement
Governance
4.1   Governance structure of the organisation, including committees under the highest governance body responsible for specific tasks, such as setting strategy or organisational oversight. Corporate governance,
WPP Leadership,
Annual Report - Who runs WPP - Board of Directors 
4.2   Indicate whether the Chair of the highest governance body is also an executive officer (and if so, their function within the organisation’s management and the reasons for this arrangement). Annual Report - Who runs WPP - Board of Directors
4.3   For organisations that have a unitary board structure, state the number of members of the highest governance body that are independent and/or non-executive members. Annual Report - Who runs WPP - WPP Board of Directors 
4.4   Mechanisms for stakeholders and employees to provide recommendations or direction to the highest governance body. Include reference to processes regarding:
  • Use of shareholder resolutions or other mechanisms for enabling minority shareholders to express opinions to the highest governance body; and
  • Informing and consulting employees about the working relationships with formal representation bodies such as ‘work councils’ and representation of employees in the highest governance body.
Identify topics related to economic, environmental and social performance raised through these mechanisms during the reporting period.
CR at WPP,
Memorandum and Articles of Association,
Annual Report - Internal control 
4.5   Linkage between compensation for members of the highest governance body, senior managers, and executives (including departure arrangements) and the organisation’s performance (including social & environmental performance. CR at WPP,
Annual Report - Key elements of short- and long-term remuneration,
Annual Report - Directors’ remuneration and other statutory information 
4.6   Processes in place for the highest governance body to ensure conflicts of interest are avoided. Memorandum and Articles of Association,
Annual Report - Conflicts of interest 
4.7   Process for determining the composition,qualifications, and expertise of the members of the highest governance body and its committees, including any consideration of gender and other indicators of diversity. Annual Report - Review of the Company’s governance and the Nomination Committee 
4.8   Internally developed statements of mission or values, codes of conduct, and principles relevant to economic, environmental and social performance, and the status of their implementation.Explain the degree to which these:
  • Are applied across the organisation in different regions and departments/units; and
  • Relate to internationally agreed standards.
Code of Conduct,
CR policy,
Tax policy,
Privacy,
Non-discrimination policy,
Managing CR in our supply chain,
Sustainable sourcing
4.9   Procedures of the highest governance body for overseeing the organisation’s identification and management of economic, environmental and social performance, including relevant risks and opportunities, and adherence or compliance with internationally agreed standards, codes of conduct, and principles. Include frequency with which the highest governance body assesses sustainability performance. How we manage risk and opportunity,
Annual Report - How we behave - Board of directors,
Annual Report - Internal control 
4.10   Processes for evaluating the highest governance body’s own performance, particularly with respect to economic, environmental, and social performance. Not reported
Commitments to external initiatives
4.11   Explanation of whether and how the precautionary approach or principle is addressed by the organisation. How we manage risk and opportunity,
Ethical decision-making,
Annual Report - Internal control
4.12   Externally developed economic, environmental, and social charters, principles or other initiatives to which the organisation subscribes or endorses.Include date of adoption, countries/operations where applied and the range of stakeholders involved in the development. Differentiate between non-binding, voluntary initiatives and those with which the organisation has an obligation to comply. CR at WPP ,
Code of Conduct,
CR policy,
Compliance with marketing codes,
Energy and climate change,
Office energy efficiency 
4.13   Members in associations and/or national/international advocacy organisations in which the organisation:
  • Has positions in governance bodies
  • Participates in projects or committees
  • Provides substantive funding beyond routine membership dues; or
  • Views membership as strategic
Public affairs,
Privacy,
Diversity and inclusion 
Stakeholder engagement
4.14   List of stakeholder groups engaged by the organisation E.g. communities, civil society, customers, shareholders and providers op capital, suppliers and employees, other workers and their trade unions. Stakeholder engagement 
4.15   Basis for identification and selection of stakeholders with whom to engage. Includes process for defining stakeholder groups and for determining the groups with which to engage. Stakeholder engagement 
4.16   Approaches to stakeholder engagement, including frequency of engagement by type and by stakeholder group.E.g. surveys, focus groups, community panels, corporate advisory panels, written communication, management/union structures and other vehicles. Say whether any engagement was undertaken specifically as part of the report preparation process. Stakeholder engagement,
Communication
4.17   Key topics and concerns that have been raised through stakeholder engagement, and how the organisation has responded to those key topics and concerns, including through its reporting. Not reported
    Provide a concise disclosure on the Management Approach items outlined below with reference to the following economic aspects; economic performance, market presence and indirect economic impacts Tax policy,
Annual Report 
EC1 Core Direct economic value generated and distributed, including revenues, operating costs, employee compensation, donations and other community investments, retained earnings, and payments to capital providers and governments. Social investment,
Annual Report 
EC2 Core Financial implications and other risks and opportunities for the organisations activities due to climate change. Environment
EC3 Core Coverage of the organisation’s defined benefit plan obligations. Annual Report – Provision for post-employment benefits
EC4 Core Significant financial assistance received from government. Not material
EC5 Additional Range of ratios of standard entry level wage compared to local minimum wage at significant locations of operation. Not reported
EC6 Core Policy, practices, and proportion of spending on locally based suppliers at significant locations of operation. Not reported
EC7 Core Procedures for local hiring and proportion of senior management hired from the local community at locations of significant operation. Not reported
EC8 Core Development and impact of infrastructure investments and services provided primarily for public benefit through commercial, in-kind, or pro-bono engagement. Not material – WPP is not involved in infrastructure investments
EC9 Additional Understanding and describing significant indirect economic impacts, including the extent of impacts. Pro bono showcase
    Provide a concise disclosure on the management approach items outlined below with reference to the following environmental aspects: materials, energy, water, biodiversity, emissions, effluents and waste, products and services, compliance, transport and overall How we manage risk and opportunity,
Code of Conduct,
CR policy,
Energy and climate change,
Waste and recycling,
Water use,
Data summary Data file/Performance and plans/data summary
EN1 Core Materials used by weight or volume. Not reported
EN2 Core Percentage of materials used that are recycled input materials. Not reported
EN3 Core Direct energy consumption by primary energy source. Our carbon footprint in 2010 
EN4 Core Indirect energy consumption by primary source. Our carbon footprint in 2010 
EN5 Additional Energy saved due to conservation and efficiency improvements. Energy and climate change 
EN6 Additional Initiatives to provide energy-efficient or renewable energy based products and services, and reductions in energy requirements as a result of these initiatives. Not material
EN7 Additional Initiatives to reduce indirect energy consumption and reductions achieved. Office energy efficiency,
Sustainable IT,
Travel and videoconferencing
EN8 Core Total water withdrawal by source. Not material – WPP does not use large quantities of water, nor does the business depend on water
Water use 
EN9 Additional Water sources significantly affected by withdrawal of water.  
EN10 Additional Percentage and total water volume of water recycled and reused.  
EN11 Core Location and size of land owned, leased, managed in, or adjacent to, protected areas and areas of high biodiversity outside protected areas. Not material – WPP is an office based company and does not operate in areas of high biodiversity
EN12 Core Description of significant impacts of activities, products, and services on biodiversity in protected areas and areas of high biodiversity value outside protected areas.  
EN13 Additional Habitats protected or restored.  
EN14 Additional Strategies, current actions and future plans for managing impacts on biodiversity.  
EN15 Additional Number of IUCN Red List species and national conservation list species with habitats in areas affected by operations, by level of extinction risk.  
EN16 Core Total direct and indirect greenhouse gas emissions by weight. Our carbon footprint in 2010 
EN17 Core Other relevant indirect greenhouse gas emissions by weight. Not material
EN18 Additional Initiatives to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and reductions achieved. Energy and climate change
EN19 Core Emissions of ozone-depleting substances by weight. Not material
EN20 Core NOx, SOx, and other significant air emissions by type and weight. Not material
EN21 Core Total water discharged by quality and destination. Not material - WPP does not use large quantities of water, nor does the business depend on water
EN22 Core Total weight of waste by type and disposal method. Not reported
Waste and recycling 
EN23 Core Total number and volume of significant spills. Not material – there were no significant spills in 2010
EN24 Additional Weight of transported, imported, exported or treated waste deemed hazardous under the terms of the Basel Convention Annex I, II, III, and VIII, and percentage of transported waste shipped internationally. Not material
EN25 Additional Identity, size, protected status and biodiversity value of water bodies and related habitats significantly affected but the reporting organisation’s discharges of water and runoff. Not material
EN26 Core Initiatives to mitigate environmental impacts of products and services, and extent of impact mitigation. CR policy 
EN27 Core Percentage of products sold and their packaging materials that are reclaimed by category. Not material
EN28 Core Monetary value of significant fines and total number of non-monetary sanctions for non-compliance with environmental laws and regulations. Not material - There were no fines for environmental non-compliance.
EN29 Additional Significant environmental impacts of transporting products and other goods and materials used for the organisation’s operations, and transporting members of the workforce. Travel and videoconferencing 
EN30 Additional Total environmental protection expenditures and investments by type. Not reported
    Provide a concise disclosure on the management approach items outlined below with reference to the following labour aspects; employment, labour/management relations, occupational health and safety, training and education and diversity and equal opportunity.The ILO Tripartite Declaration Concerning Multinational Enterprises and Social Policy and the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises should be primary reference points CR at WPP,
How we manage risk and opportunity,
Code of Conduct,
CR policy,
Diversity and inclusion,
Development and training,
Health and wellbeing 
LA1 Core Total workforce by employment type, employment contract and region. Diversity and inclusion 
LA2 Core Total number and rate of employee turnover by age group, gender and region. Diversity and inclusion 
LA3 Additional Benefits provided to full-time employees that are not provided to temporary or part-time employees, by major operations. Not reported
LA4 Core Percentage of employees covered by collective bargaining agreements. Not reported
LA5 Core Minimum notice period(s) regarding operational changes, including whether it is specified in collective agreements. Not reported
LA6 Additional Percentage of total workforce represented in formal joint management-worker health and safety committees that help monitor and advise on occupational health and safety programmes. Not reported
LA7 Core Rates of injury, occupational diseases, lost days, absenteeism, and number of work related fatalities by region. Health and wellbeing 
LA8 Core Education, training, counselling, prevention, and risk-control programmes in place to assist workforce members, their families, or community members regarding serious diseases. Health and wellbeing 
LA9 Additional Health and safety topics covered in formal agreements with trade unions. Not reported
LA10 Core Average hours of training per year per employee by employee category. Development and training 
LA11 Additional Programmes for skills management and lifelong learning that support the continued employability of employees and assist them in managing their careers. Development and training 
LA12 Additional Percentage of employees receiving regular performance and career development reviews. Development and training   
LA13 Core Composition of governance bodies and breakdown of employees per category according to gender, age group, minority group membership and other indicators of diversity. Diversity and inclusion
LA14 Core Ratio of basic salary of men to women by employee category. Not reported
    Provide a concise disclosure on the management approach items outlined below with reference to the following human rights; investment and procurement practices, non-discrimination, freedom of association and collective bargaining, abolition of child labour, prevention of forced and compulsory labour, complaints and grievance practices, security practices and indigenous rights.The ILO Tripartite Declaration Concerning Multinational Enterprises and Social Policy and the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises should be primary reference points How we manage risk and opportunity,
Managing CR in our supply chain,
Code of Conduct,
CR policy,
Diversity and inclusion
HR1 Core Percentage and total number of significant investment agreements that include human rights clauses or that have undergone human rights screening. Not reported
HR2 Core Percentage of significant suppliers and contractors that have undergone screening on human rights and actions taken. Not reported
HR3 Additional Total hours of employee training on policies and procedures concerning aspects of human rights that are relevant to operations, including the percentage of employees that are trained. Business ethics
HR4 Core Total number of incidents of discrimination and actions taken. Not reported
HR5 Core Operations identified in which the right to exercise freedom of association and collective bargaining may be at significant risk, and actions taken to support these rights. Not reported
HR6 Core Operations identified as having a significant risk for incidents of child labour, and measures taken to contribute to the elimination of forced or compulsory labour. Not material – as a professional services business WPP does not have any operations at significant risk for incidents of child labourHowever our commitment to freedom from forced and child labour is communicated in our CR policy and Code of Business Conduct.
Code of Conduct,
CR policy
HR7 Core Operations identified as having significant risk for incidents of forced or compulsory labour, and measures to contribute to the elimination of forced or compulsory labour. Not material – as a professional services business WPP does not have any operations at significant risk of forced or compulsory labourHowever our commitment to freedom from forced and child labour is communicated in our CR policy and Code of Business Conduct.
Code of Conduct,
CR policy
HR8 Additional Percentage of security personnel trained in the organisation’s policies or procedures concerning aspects of human rights that are relevant to operations. Not material
HR9 Additional Total number of incidents of violations involving rights of indigenous people and actions taken. Not material
    Provide a concise disclosure on the management approach items outlined below with reference to the following society aspects; community, corruption, public policy, anti-competitive behaviour and compliance How we manage risk and opportunity,
Business ethics,
Lobbying and political contributions,
Code of Conduct,
CR policy,
Social investment,
Ethical decision-making
SO1 Core Nature, scope and effectiveness of any programmes and practices that assess and manage the impacts of operations on communities, including entering, operating and exiting. Not material
SO2 Core Percentage and total number of business units analysed for risks related to corruption. Not reported
SO3 Core Percentage of employees trained in organisation’s anti-corruption policies and procedures. Business ethics
SO4 Core Actions taken in response to incidents of corruption. Not reported
SO5 Core Public policy positions and participation in public policy development and lobbying. Lobbying and political donations,
Public affairs 
SO6 Additional Total value of financial and in-kind contributions to political parties, politicians and related institutions by country. None
SO7 Additional Total number of legal actions for anti-competitive behaviour, anti-trust and monopoly practices and their outcomes. Annual Report
SO8 Core Monetary value of significant fines and total number of non-monetary sanctions for non-compliance with laws and regulations. Not reported
    Provide a concise disclosure on the management approach items outlined below with reference to the following society aspects; customer health and safety, product and service labelling, marketing communications, customer privacy and compliance How we manage risk and opportunity,
Code of Conduct,
CR policy,
Impact of our work,
Marketing ethics 
PR1 Core Life cycle stages in which health and safety impacts of products and services are assessed for improvement, and percentage of significant products and services categories subject to such procedures. Not material
PR1 Additional Total number of incidents of non-compliance with regulations and voluntary codes concerning health and safety impacts of products and service during their life cycle, by type of outcomes. Not material
PR3 Core Type of product and service information required by procedures, and percentage of significant products and service subject to such information requirements. Not material
PR4 Additional Total number of incidents of non-compliance with regulations and voluntary codes concerning product and service information and labelling, by type of outcomes. Not material
PR5 Additional Practices related to customer satisfaction, including results of surveys measuring customer satisfaction. Not reported
PR6 Core Programmes for adherence to laws, standards and voluntary codes concerning marketing communications, including advertising, promotion and sponsorship. Marketing ethics
PR7 Additional Total number of incidents of non-compliance with regulations and voluntary codes of concerning marketing communications, including advertising, promotion, and sponsorship by type of outcomes. Compliance with marketing codes 
PR8 Additional Total number of substantiated complaints regarding breaches of customer privacy and losses of customer data. Not reported
Privacy
PR9 Core Monetary value of significant fines for non-compliance with laws and regulations concerning the provision and use of products and services. Not reported