The issue

Clients, investors and employees are showing increased interest in our approach to environmental issues. Reducing our environmental impact enhances our credibility as communications advisors on sustainability issues. It enables us to demonstrate to stakeholders that we have strong environmental principles. Using energy and other resources more efficiently also helps us to reduce costs and respond to new regulations. Cutting our impact on the environment as our business grows is important but challenging.

Our response

We aim for WPP to be a low-carbon and resource efficient Group.

We set strategy at a Group level, covering energy and climate change, resource use and waste management. To implement our strategy, we have established Environmental Action Teams in North America, Europe, Asia Pacific and Latin America. These include members of key Group functions, such as IT, real estate and procurement. They work closely with our operating companies, identifying environmental best practices through pilot projects and providing support and technical guidance. Our network of Climate Champions, together with local IT, facilities and purchasing managers, help to implement the strategy in our companies.

WPP's environmental policy is included in the Group's Sustainability Policy which is reviewed annually by the Sustainability Committee. To find out more about how we manage sustainability issues at WPP, click here.
Climate change
Reducing our carbon emissions per person by 47% to 1.8 tonnes per person by 2020

Carbon offsetting
Offsetting unavoidable carbon emissions through renewable energy projects

Improving the energy efficiency of our buildings and IT

Minimising the impact of our business travel 

Resource use and waste
Using natural resources more efficiently while reducing waste to landfill

Case studies
Read about environmental initiatives across the Group

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For more information see the latest Sustainability report