Reporting Level General Standard Disclosures Reported Where to find the information External Assurance
STRATEGY AND ANALYSIS
Core G4-1 Statement from most senior decision maker. Fully Introduction - From our CEO  
Comprehensive G4-2 Key impacts, risks and opportunities. Partially Risks and Opportunities

Sustainability and our business

Governance and management: Risk management, audit and assurance
 
ORGANIZATIONAL PROFILE
Core G4-3 Name of the organization. Fully WPP PLC  
Core G4-4 Primary brands, products and services. Fully What we do  
Core G4-5 Location of the organization's headquarters.  Fully Where we are  
Core G4-6 Number of countries where the organization operates, and names of countries where either the organization has significant operations or that are specifically relevant to the sustainability topics covered in the report. Fully All Countries  
Core G4-7 Nature of ownership and legal form. Fully WPP Annual Report: Who we are  
Core G4-8 Markets served (including geographic breakdown, sectors served, and types of customers and beneficiaries). Fully All Countries  
Core G4-9 Scale of organization. Fully At a glance  
Core G4-10 Total workforce by employment contract and gender. Partially Employment: Inclusion and diversity

Data summary
Assurance statement
Core G4-11 Percentage of total employees covered by collective bargaining agreements. Not reported    
Core G4-12 Describe the organization’s supply chain.  Fully Supply chain  
Core G4-13 Significant changes during the reporting period regarding the organization’s size, structure, ownership, or its supply chain. Fully WPP Annual Report  – Financial summary  
Core G4-14 Whether and how the precautionary approach or principle is addressed by the organization. Fully Environment  
Core G4-15 Externally developed economic, environmental and social charters, principles, or other initiatives to which the organization subscribes or which it endorses. Fully Governance and management: Human rights

Governance and management: Corporate governance
 
Core G4-16 Memberships in associations (such as industry associations) and/or national/international advocacy organizations in which the organization:
  • Has positions in governance bodies;
  • Participates in projects or committees;
  • Provides substantive funding beyond routine membership dues; or
  • Views membership as strategic.
Fully Marketing standards: Privacy

Employment: Inclusion and diversity
 
IDENTIFIED MATERIAL ASPECTS AND BOUNDARIES
Core G4-17 All entities included in the organization’s consolidated financial statements or equivalent documents and whether any of these entities is Not reported by the report. Fully WPP Annual Report - Our companies and associates  
Core G4-18 Explain the process for defining the report content and the Aspect Boundaries and how the organization has implemented the Reporting Principles for Defining Report Content. Fully Sustainability and our business: Our key sustainability issues  
Core G4-19 All the material Aspects identified in the process for defining report content. Fully Sustainability and our business: Our key sustainability issues  
Core G4-20 The Aspect Boundary within the organization for each material Aspect.  Fully All Material Aspects selected in this report apply equally to all of our operations and
entities as listed in G4-17, unless otherwise noted.

 
Core G4-21 The Aspect Boundary outside the organization for each material Aspect.  Fully Because of the nature of our work, all of the Material Aspects apply equally outside of our organisation, unless otherwise noted.    
Core G4-22 The effect of any restatements of information provided in previous reports, and the reasons for such restatements. Fully About this report  
Core G4-23 Significant changes from previous reporting periods in the Scope and Aspect Boundaries.  Fully There have been no significant changes from previous reporting periods.   
  STAKEHOLDER ENGAGEMENT      
Core G4-24 A list of stakeholder groups engaged by the organization.  Fully Governance and management: Stakeholder engagement

Stakeholder Engagement
 
Core G4-25 The basis for identification and selection of stakeholders with whom to engage.  Fully Governance and management: Stakeholder engagement  
Core G4-26 The organization’s approach to stakeholder engagement, including frequency of engagement by type and by stakeholder group, and an indication of whether any of the engagement was undertaken specifically as part of the report preparation process. Partially Governance and management: Stakeholder engagement  
Core G4-27 Key topics and concerns that have been raised through stakeholder engagement, and how the organization has responded to those key topics and concerns, including through its reporting. The stakeholder groups that raised each of the key topics and concerns. Partially Stakeholder Engagement

Sustainability and our business: Our key sustainability issues
 
REPORT PROFILE
Core G4-28 Reporting period for information provided. Fully About this report  
Core G4-29 Date of most recent previous report (if any). Fully Sustainability Report Archive  
Core G4-30 Reporting cycle. Fully About this report  
Core G4-31 The contact point for questions regarding the report or its contents. Fully WPP's carbon emissions statement 2013

About this report

Get in touch
 
Core G4-32 Report the 'in accordance' option the organization has chosen; the GRI Content Index for the chosen option and the reference to the External Assurance Report, if the report has been externally assured. Fully About this report Assurance statement
Core G4-33 The organization's policy and current practice with regard to seeking external assurance for the report. Fully Detailed Carbon Footprint

About this report
 
GOVERNANCE
Core G4-34 The governance structure of the organization, including committees of the highest governance body. Identify any committees responsible for decision-making on economic, environmental and social impacts. Fully Governance and management

Governance and management: Corporate governance

WPP Annual Report: Who runs WPP
 
Comprehensive G4-35 The process for delegating authority for economic, environmental and social topics from the highest governance body to senior executives and other employees. Partially Marketing standards: Management approach

Environment: Management approach

Employment: Management approach
                  
Supply chain: Management approach
 
Comprehensive G4-36 Whether the organization has appointed an executive-level position or positions with responsibility for economic, environmental and social topics, and whether post holders report directly to the highest governance body. Fully Governance and Management

Marketing standards: Management approach

Environment: Management approach

Employment: Management approach
                      
Supply chain: Management approach
 
Comprehensive G4-37 Processes for consultation between stakeholders and the highest governance body on economic, environmental and social topics. If consultation is delegated, describe to whom and any feedback processes to the highest governance body. Fully Governance and management: Stakeholder engagement  
Comprehensive G4-38 Report the composition of the highest governance body and its committees by:
  • Executive or non-executive,
  • Independence,
  • Tenure on the governance body,
  • Number of each individual’s other significant positions and commitments, and the nature of the commitments,
  • Gender,
  • Membership of under-represented social groups,
  • Competences relating to economic, environmental and social impacts,
  • Stakeholder representation.
Fully Governance and management

WPP Annual Report: Who Runs WPP
 
Comprehensive G4-39 Whether the Chair of the highest governance body is also an executive officer (and, if so, his or her function within the organization’s management and the reasons for this arrangement). Fully WPP Leadership  
Comprehensive G4-40 The nomination and selection processes for the highest governance body and its committees, and the criteria used for nominating and selecting highest governance body members. Fully WPP Annual Report: Review of the Company's Governance and Nomination and Governance Committee  
Comprehensive G4-41 Processes for the highest governance body to ensure conflicts of interest are avoided and managed. Report whether conflicts of interest are disclosed to stakeholders. Partially WPP Annual Report: Directors' Conflicts of Interest  
Comprehensive G4-42 The highest governance body’s and senior executives’ roles in the development, approval, and updating of the organization’s purpose, value or mission statements, strategies, policies, and goals related to economic, environmental and social impacts. Fully Governance and management

WPP Leadership
 
Comprehensive G4-43 The measures taken to develop and enhance the highest governance body’s collective knowledge of economic, environmental and social topics.  Not reported    
Comprehensive G4-44
a. The processes for evaluation of the highest governance body’s performance with respect to governance of economic, environmental and social topics and whether such evaluation is independent or not, and its frequency.
b. Actions taken in response to evaluation of the highest governance body’s performance with respect to governance of economic, environmental and social topics, including, as a minimum, changes in membership and organizational practice.
Not reported    
Comprehensive G4-45
a. The highest governance body’s role in the identification and management of economic, environmental and social impacts, risks, and opportunities. Include the highest governance body’s role in the implementation of due diligence processes.
b. Whether stakeholder consultation is used to support the highest governance body’s identification and management of economic, environmental and social impacts, risks, and opportunities.
Fully Governance and management: Risk management, audit and assurance  
Comprehensive G4-46 The highest governance body’s role in reviewing the effectiveness of the organization’s risk management processes for economic, environmental and social topics. Fully Governance and management: Risk management, audit and assurance  
Comprehensive G4-47 The frequency of the highest governance body’s review of economic, environmental and social impacts, risks, and opportunities. Fully Governance and management: Risk management, audit and assurance  
Comprehensive G4-48 The highest committee or position that formally reviews and approves the organization’s sustainability report and ensures that all material Aspects are covered. Not reported    
Comprehensive G4-49 The process for communicating critical concerns to the highest governance body. Fully Governance and management: Risk management, audit and assurance

Marketing standards: Ethical decision-making
 
Comprehensive G4-50 The nature and total number of critical concerns that were communicated to the highest governance body and the mechanism(s) used to address and resolve them. Fully Marketing standards: Ethical decision-making  
Comprehensive G4-51
a. The remuneration policies for the highest governance body and senior executives.
b. How performance criteria in the remuneration policy relate to the highest governance body's and senior executives' economic, environmental and social objectives.
Partially Employment: Remuneration, benefits and share ownership

WPP Annual Report: How we behave and how we're rewarded
 
Comprehensive G4-52 The process for determining remuneration. Whether remuneration consultants are involved in determining remuneration and whether they are independent of management. Report any other relationships which the remuneration consultants have with the organization. Fully WPP Annual Report: How we behave and how we're rewarded

 
Comprehensive G4-53 How stakeholders’ views are sought and taken into account regarding remuneration, including the results of votes on remuneration policies and proposals, if applicable. Fully WPP Annual Report: Relations with Share Owners  
Comprehensive G4-54 The ratio of the annual total compensation for the organization’s highest-paid individual in each country of significant operations to the median annual total compensation for all employees (excluding the highest-paid individual) in the same country. Not reported    
Comprehensive G4-55 The ratio of percentage increase in annual total compensation for the organization’s highest-paid individual in each country of significant operations to the median percentage increase in annual total compensation for all employees (excluding the highest-paid individual) in the same country. Not reported    
ETHICS AND INTEGRITY
Core G4-56 The organization’s values, principles, standards and norms of behaviour such as codes of conduct and codes of ethics.  Fully Marketing standards: Culture and ethics
          
WPP Code of Business Conduct

Sustainability Policy
 
Comprehensive G4-57 The internal and external mechanisms for seeking advice on ethical and lawful behaviour, and matters related to organizational integrity, such as helplines or advice lines.  Fully Marketing standards  
Comprehensive G4-58 The internal and external mechanisms for reporting concerns about unethical or unlawful behaviour, and matters related to organizational integrity, such as escalation through line management, whistleblowing mechanisms or hotlines. Fully Marketing standards  
SPECIFIC STANDARD DISCLOSURES
  G4-DMA Disclosures on Management Approach
a. Why the Aspect is material, and the impacts that make this Aspect material.
b. How the organization manages the material Aspect or its impacts.
c. The evaluation of the management approach, including: Ÿ
  • The mechanisms for evaluating the effectiveness of the management approach;
  • The results of the evaluation of the management approach;
  • Any related adjustments to the management approach.
Partially Sustainability and our business: Our key sustainability issues  
Indicators by Aspects
CATEGORY: ECONOMIC
Economic Performance
  G4-EC1
a. The direct economic value generated and distributed (EVG&D) on an accruals basis including the basic components for the organization’s global operations as listed below. If data is presented on a cash basis.
b. EVG&D separately at country, regional, or market levels, where significant, and the criteria used for defining significance.
Fully Understanding our impact

WPP Annual Report: Our Financial Statements
 
  G4-EC2  Risks and opportunities posed by climate change that have the potential to generate substantive changes in operations, revenue or expenditure. Fully Risks and Opportunity

See our response to the Carbon Disclosure Project at www.cdp.net
 
  G4-EC3 Coverage of the organization's defined benefit plan obligations.  Fully Employment: Remuneration, benefits and share ownership  
  G4-EC4 Financial assistance received from government. Not material No assistance was received.   
Market Presence
  G4-EC5 Ratios of standard entry level wage by gender compared to local minimum wage at significant locations of operation. Not reported    
  G4-EC6 Portion of senior management hired from the local community at significant locations of operation. Not reported    
Indirect Economic Impacts
  G4-EC7 Development and impact of infrastructure and services supported. Not material    
  G4-EC8 Significant indirect economic impacts, including the extent of impacts. Partially Understanding our impact

Social investment: Our performance in 2013

The impact of our work

Employment: Education, apprenticeships and internships
 
Procurement Practices
  G4-EC9 Proportion of spending on local suppliers at significant locations of operation. Not reported    
CATEGORY: ENVIRONMENTAL
Materials
  G4-EN1 The total weight or volume of materials that are used to produce and package the organization’s primary products and services during the reporting period. Not material    
  G4-EN2 The percentage of recycled input materials used to manufacture the organization’s primary products and services. Fully Environment: Resource use and waste  
Energy
  G4-EN3 Energy consumption within the organization. Fully Environment: Energy and climate change

Environment: Carbon emissions statement 2013
Assurance statement
  G4-EN4 Energy consumption outside of the organization. Partially Environment: Energy and climate change, Performance in 2013 Assurance statement
  G4-EN5 Energy Intensity. Fully Environment: Energy and climate change, Performance in 2013 Assurance statement
  G4-EN6 Reduction of energy consumption. Fully Environment: Energy and climate change, Performance in 2013 Assurance statement
  G4-EN7 Reduction in energy requirements of products and services. Not reported    
Water
  G4-EN8 Total water withdrawal by source. Fully Environment: Water use  
  G4-EN9 Water sources significantly affected by withdrawal of water. Not material    
  G4-EN10 Percentage and total volume of water recycled and reused. Not material    
Biodiversity
  G4-EN11 Operational sites owned, leased, managed in, or adjacent to, protected areas and areas of high biodiversity value outside protected areas. Not material    
  G4-EN12 Significant impacts of actives, products, and services on biodiversity in protected areas and areas of high biodiversity value outside protected areas. Not material    
  G4-EN13 Habitats protected or restored. Not material    
  G4-EN14 Total number of IUCN red list species and national conservation list species with habitats in areas affected by operations, by level of extinction risk. Not material    
Emissions
  G4-EN15 Direct greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions (Scope 1). Fully Environment: Energy and climate change, Performance in 2013 Assurance statement
  G4-EN16 Energy indirect greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions (Scope 2). Fully Environment: Energy and climate change, Performance in 2013 Assurance statement
  G4-EN17 Other indirect greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions (Scope 3). Fully Environment: Energy and climate change, Performance in 2013 Assurance statement
  G4-EN18 Greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions intensity. Fully Environment: Energy and climate change, Performance in 2013 Assurance statement
  G4-EN19 Reduction of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. Fully Environment: Energy and climate change, Performance in 2013 Assurance statement
  G4-EN20 Emissions of ozone-depleting substances (ODS). Not material    
  G4-EN21 Nox, Sox, and other significant air emissions. Not material    
Effluents and Waste
  G4-EN22 Total water discharge by quality and destination. Not material    
  G4-EN23 Total weight of waste by type and disposal method. Partially Environment: Resource use and waste  
  G4-EN24 Total number and volume of significant spills. Not material    
  G4-EN25 Weight of transported, imported, exported, or treated waste deemed hazardous under the terms of the Basel Convention2 Annex I, II, III, and VIII, and percentage of transported waste shipped internationally. Not material    
  G4-EN26 Identity, size, protected status, and biodiversity value of water bodies and related habitats significantly affected by the reporting organization's discharges of water and runoff.  Not material    
Products and Services
  G4-EN27 Extent of impact mitigation of environmental impacts of products and services. Fully Environment: Energy and climate change

 
  G4-EN28 Percentage of products sold and their packaging materials that are reclaimed by category.  Not material    
Compliance
  G4-EN29 Monetary value of significant fines and total number of non-monetary sanctions for non-compliance with environmental laws and regulations.  Not material No fines or non-monetary sanctions.   
Transport
  G4-EN30 Significant environmental impacts of transporting products and other goods and materials used for the organization's operations, and transporting members of the workforce.  Fully Environment: Air travel
 
Overall
  G4-EN31 Total environmental protection expenditures and investments by type. Not reported    
Supplier Environmental Assessment
  G4-EN32 Percentage of new suppliers that were screened using environmental criteria. Fully Supply chain  
  G4-EN33 Significant actual and potential negative environmental impacts in the supply chain and actions taken. Partially Supply chain  
Environmental Grievance Mechanisms
  G4-EN34 Number of grievances about environmental impacts filed, addressed, and resolved through formal grievance mechanisms. Not material    
CATEGORY: SOCIAL
LABOR PRACTICES AND DECENT WORK
Employment
  G4-LA1 Total number and rates of new employee hires and employee turnover by age group, gender, and region. Not reported    
  G4-LA2 Benefits provided to full-time employees that are not provided to temporary or part-time employees, by significant locations of operations. Not reported    
  G4-LA3 Return to work and retention rates after parental leave, by gender. Not reported    
Labor/Management Relations
  G4-LA4 Minimum notice periods regarding operational changes, including whether these are specified in collective agreements. Not reported    
Occupational Health and Safety
  G4-LA5 Percentage of total workforce represented in formal joint management-worker health and safety committees that help monitor and advise on occupational health and safety programs. Partially Employment: Health, safety and wellbeing  
  G4-LA6 Type of injury and rates of injury, occupational diseases, lost days, and absenteeism, and total number of work-related fatalities, by region and by gender. Partially Employment: Health, safety and wellbeing Assurance statement
  G4-LA7 Workers with high incidence or high risk of diseases related to their occupation. Not reported    
  G4-LA8 Health and safety topics covered in formal agreements with trade unions.  Not reported    
Training and Education
  G4-LA9 Average hours of training per year per employee by gender, and by employee category.  Not reported    
  G4-LA10 Programs for skills management and lifelong learning that support the continued employability of employees and assist them in managing career endings.  Fully Employment: Training and development  
  G4-LA11 Percentage of employees receiving regular performance and career development reviews, by gender and by employment category. Partially Employment: Employee appraisals  
Diversity and Equal Opportunity
  G4-LA12 Composition of governance bodies and breakdown of employees per employee category according to gender, age group, minority group membership, and other indicators of diversity. Fully Employment: Inclusion and diversity Assurance statement
Equal Remuneration for Women and Men
  G4-LA13 Ratio of basic salary and remuneration of women to men by employee category, by significant locations of operation.  Not reported    
Supplier Assessment for Labor Practices
  G4-LA14 Percentage of new suppliers that were screened using labor practices criteria. Fully Supply chain  
  G4-LA15 Significant actual and potential negative impacts for labor practices in the supply chain and actions taken. Not reported    
Labor Practices Grievance Mechanisms
  G4-LA16 Number of grievances about labor practices filed, addressed, and resolved through formal grievance mechanisms. Fully  Employment: Employment infringements  
HUMAN RIGHTS
Investment
  G4-HR1 Total number and percentage of significant investment agreements and contracts that include human rights clauses or that underwent human rights screening. Not reported    
  G4-HR2 Total hours of employee training on policies and procedures concerning aspects of human rights that are relevant to operations, including the percentage of employees trained.  Not reported    
Non-discrimination
  G4-HR3 Total number of incidents of discrimination and corrective actions taken. Not reported    
Freedom of Association and Collective Bargaining
  G4-HR4 Operations and suppliers identified in which the right to exercise freedom of association and collective bargaining may be violated or at significant risk and measures taken to support these rights. Not reported    
Child Labor
  G4-HR5 Operations and suppliers identified as having significant risk for incidents of child labor, and measures taken to contribute to the effective abolition of child labor. Not reported    
Forced or Compulsory Labor
  G4-HR6 Operations and suppliers identified as having significant risk for incidents of forced or compulsory labor, and measures to contribute to the elimination of all forms of forced or compulsory labor.   Not reported    
Security Practices
  G4-HR7 Percentage of security personnel trained in the organization's human rights policies or procedures that are relevant to operations.  Not material    
Indigenous Rights
  G4-HR8 Total number of incidents of violations involving rights of indigenous people and actions taken. Not material No incidents or violations.   
Assessment
  G4-HR9 Total number and percentage of operations that have been subject to human rights reviews or impact assessments. Not reported    
Supplier Human Rights Assessment
  G4-HR10 Percentage of new suppliers that were screened using human rights criteria. Fully Supply chain  
  G4-HR11 Significant actual and potential negative human rights impacts in the supply chain and actions taken. Not reported    
Human Rights Grievance Mechanisms
  G4-HR12 Number of grievances about human rights impacts filed, addressed, and resolved through formal grievance mechanisms. Not reported    
SOCIETY
Local Communities
  G4-SO1 Percentage of operations with implemented local community engagement, impact assessments, and development programs. Not material    
  G4-SO2 Operations with significant actual and potential negative impacts on local communities. Not material    
Anti-corruption
  G4-SO3 Total number and percentage of operations assessed for risks related to corruption and the significant risks identified. Not reported    
  G4-SO4 Communication and training on anti-corruption policies and procedures. Fully Marketing Standards: Management approach

Marketing Standards: Culture and ethics
 
  G4-SO5 Confirmed incidents of corruption and actions taken. Not reported    
Public Policy
  Total value of political contributions by country and recipient/beneficiary. Partially met Governance and management: Lobbying and political contributions  
Anti-competitive Behaviour
  G4-SO7 Total number of legal actions for anti-competitive behaviour, anti-trust, and monopoly practices and their outcomes.  Not reported    
Compliance
  G4-SO8 Monetary value of significant fines and total number of non-monetary sanctions for non-compliance with laws and regulations.  Not reported    
Supplier Assessment for Impacts on Society
  G4-SO9 Percentage of new suppliers that were screened using criteria for impacts on society. Fully Supply chain  
  G4-SO10 Significant actual and potential negative impacts on society in the supply chain and actions taken. Not reported    
Grievance Mechanisms for Impacts on Society
  G4-SO11 Number of grievances about impacts on society filed, addressed, and resolved through formal grievance mechanisms. Not material    
PRODUCT RESPONSIBILITY
Customer Health and Safety
  G4-PR1 Percentage of significant products and service categories for which health and safety impacts are assessed for improvement. Not material    
  G4-PR2 Total number of incidents of non-compliance with regulations and voluntary codes concerning health and safety impacts of products and services during their life cycle, by type of outcomes.  Not material    
Product and Service Labelling
  G4-PR3 Type of product and service information required by the organization's procedures for product and service information and labeling, and percentage of significant product and service categories subject to such information requirements.  Not material    
  G4-PR4 Total number of incidents of non-compliance with regulations and voluntary codes concerning product and service information and labeling, by type of outcomes.  Not material    
  G4-PR5 Results of surveys measuring customer satisfaction. Not reported    
Marketing Communications
  G4-PR6 Sale of banned or disputed products. Not material    
  G4-PR7 Total number of incidents of non-compliance with regulations and voluntary codes concerning marketing communications, including advertising, promotion, and sponsorship by type of outcomes.  Partially Marketing Standards: Management approach

 
Customer Privacy
  G4-PR8 Total number of substantiated complaints regarding breaches of customer privacy and losses of customer data.  Not reported    
Compliance
  G4-PR9 Monetary value of significant fines for non-compliance with laws and regulations concerning the provision and use of products and services. Not reported    

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