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WPP Policy
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WPP Code of Business Conduct WPP and its companies operate in many markets and countries throughout the world. In all instances, we respect national laws and any other laws with an international reach, such as the UK Bribery Act and the US Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, where relevant, and industry codes of conduct. We are committed to acting ethically in all aspects of our business and to maintaining the highest standards of honesty and integrity. • We, the officers and staff of all companies in the WPP group (“the Group”), recognise our obligations to all who have a stake in our success including share owners, clients, staff and suppliers; • Information about our business shall be communicated clearly and accurately in a non-discriminatory manner and in accordance with local regulations; • We select and promote our people on the basis of their qualifications and merit, without discrimination or concern for race, religion, national origin, colour, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age or disability; • We believe that a workplace should be safe and civilised; we will not tolerate sexual harassment, discrimination or offensive behaviour of any kind, which includes the persistent demeaning of individuals through words or actions, the display or distribution of offensive material, or the use or possession of weapons on WPP or client premises; • We will not tolerate the use, possession or distribution of illegal drugs, or our people reporting for work under the influence of drugs or alcohol; • We will treat all information relating to the Group’s business, or to its clients, as confidential. In particular, “insider trading” is expressly prohibited and confidential information must not be used for personal gain; • We are committed to protecting consumer, client and employee data in accordance with national laws and industry codes; • We will not knowingly create work which contains statements, suggestions or images offensive to general public decency and will give appropriate consideration to the impact of our work on minority segments of the population, whether that minority be by race, religion, national origin, colour, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age or disability; • We will not undertake work which is intended or designed to mislead, including in relation to social, environmental and human rights issues; • We will consider the potential for clients or work to damage the Group’s reputation prior to taking them on. This includes reputational damage from association with clients that participate in activities that contribute to the abuse of human rights; • We will not for personal or family gain directly or indirectly engage in any activity which competes with companies within the Group or with our obligations to any such company; • We will not give, offer or accept bribes, whether in cash or otherwise, to or from any third party, including but not restricted to government officials, clients and brokers or their representatives. We will collectively ensure that all staff understand this policy through training, communication and by example; • We will not offer any items of personal inducement to secure business. This is not intended to prohibit appropriate entertainment or the making of occasional gifts of minor value unless the client has a policy which restricts this; • We will not accept for our personal benefit goods or services of more than nominal value from suppliers, potential suppliers or other third parties; • We will not have any personal or family conflicts of interest within our businesses or with our suppliers or other third parties with whom we do business; • No corporate contributions of any kind, including the provision of services or materials for less than the market value, may be made to politicians, political parties or action committees, without the prior written approval of the WPP board; and • We will continue to strive to make a positive contribution to society and the environment by: maintaining high standards of marketing ethics; respecting human rights; respecting the environment; supporting community organisations; supporting employee development; and managing significant sustainability risks in our supply chain. Our Sustainability Policy provides more detail about our commitments in these areas. WPP Data Code of Conduct Our principles WPP, its companies and its people are committed to responsible collection, management, use and protection of data. WPP recognises its obligations to all its stakeholders including share owners, clients, its own people, suppliers and consumers. WPP works with many categories of data and uses the term data in its broadest sense. We include within this definition client data, consumer data and all information and data related to the operation of our businesses. Our practices • We will be transparent with consumers. • We will treat data in accordance with all applicable laws, regulations and treaties. • We will implement fair and reasonable data policies and procedures. • We will treat data as confidential. • We will understand not only what data we hold but also its relevance to stakeholders. • We will secure, collect, process, use and store data appropriately. • We will ensure that data is retained appropriately. • We will implement necessary and appropriate technical measures to secure data. • We will delete data when required to do so. • We will ensure our people understand their role in upholding these principles and practices.   WPP Sustainability Policy We believe our business can make a positive contribution to society and the environment by managing our activities with care and by working with responsible organisations that promote social and environmental causes. Our operating companies are required to comply with this Sustainability Policy and report performance to the parent company quarterly. We recognise that many different stakeholders have an interest in our business and we welcome discussion of our policies and performance. Social investment WPP companies are encouraged to: • Undertake pro bono work for not-for-profit organisations involved in tackling social and environmental issues. • Make appropriate financial and other donations to social and environmental organisations. Managing relationships In all our relationships we will be open, honest and transparent and will not pay or receive bribes or inducements of any kind. Employee development WPP companies: • Will select and promote our people on the basis of qualifications and merit, without discrimination or concern for race, religion, national origin, colour, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age or disability. • Will support training and career development for our people. • Will provide a safe and civilised workplace free from sexual harassment or offensive behaviour. Marketing ethics WPP companies: • Will comply with applicable regulations and self-regulatory codes of practice in the countries in which they operate. • Will not knowingly create work which contains statements, suggestions or images offensive to general public decency and will give appropriate consideration to the impact of our work on minority segments of the population, whether that minority be by race, religion, national origin, colour, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age or disability. • Will not undertake work designed to mislead in any respect, including social, environmental and human rights issues. Environment WPP companies will respect the environment by minimising their impact from: • Energy use • Transport • Consumption of paper and other resources • Water use • Managing any significant sustainability risks in our supply chains. WPP sets quantitative targets for reducing our key environmental impacts. We aim to minimise the environmental impacts associated with the advertising and communications campaigns we create for clients. Our operating companies are encouraged to help achieve these goals. Human rights WPP companies will uphold the principles contained in the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the International Labour Organisation's fundamental conventions on core labour standards. We support the right of our people and their families to basic human rights, including the right to organise, the right to collective bargaining, the right to fair conditions of work, freedom of opinion and expression and freedom from forced labour and child labour.  
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WPP Code of Business Conduct WPP and its companies operate in many markets and countries throughout the world. In all instances, we respect national laws and any other laws with an international reach, such as the UK Bribery Act and the US Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, where relevant, and industry codes of conduct. We are committed to acting ethically in all aspects of our business and to maintaining the highest standards of honesty and integrity. • We, the officers and staff of all companies in the WPP group (“the Group”), recognise our obligations to all who have a stake in our success including share owners, clients, staff and suppliers; • Information about our business shall be communicated clearly and accurately in a non-discriminatory manner and in accordance with local regulations; • We select and promote our people on the basis of their qualifications and merit, without discrimination or concern for race, religion, national origin, colour, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age or disability; • We believe that a workplace should be safe and civilised; we will not tolerate sexual harassment, discrimination or offensive behaviour of any kind, which includes the persistent demeaning of individuals through words or actions, the display or distribution of offensive material, or the use or possession of weapons on WPP or client premises; • We will not tolerate the use, possession or distribution of illegal drugs, or our people reporting for work under the influence of drugs or alcohol; • We will treat all information relating to the Group’s business, or to its clients, as confidential. In particular, “insider trading” is expressly prohibited and confidential information must not be used for personal gain; • We are committed to protecting consumer, client and employee data in accordance with national laws and industry codes; • We will not knowingly create work which contains statements, suggestions or images offensive to general public decency and will give appropriate consideration to the impact of our work on minority segments of the population, whether that minority be by race, religion, national origin, colour, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age or disability; • We will not undertake work which is intended or designed to mislead, including in relation to social, environmental and human rights issues; • We will consider the potential for clients or work to damage the Group’s reputation prior to taking them on. This includes reputational damage from association with clients that participate in activities that contribute to the abuse of human rights; • We will not for personal or family gain directly or indirectly engage in any activity which competes with companies within the Group or with our obligations to any such company; • We will not give, offer or accept bribes, whether in cash or otherwise, to or from any third party, including but not restricted to government officials, clients and brokers or their representatives. We will collectively ensure that all staff understand this policy through training, communication and by example; • We will not offer any items of personal inducement to secure business. This is not intended to prohibit appropriate entertainment or the making of occasional gifts of minor value unless the client has a policy which restricts this; • We will not accept for our personal benefit goods or services of more than nominal value from suppliers, potential suppliers or other third parties; • We will not have any personal or family conflicts of interest within our businesses or with our suppliers or other third parties with whom we do business; • No corporate contributions of any kind, including the provision of services or materials for less than the market value, may be made to politicians, political parties or action committees, without the prior written approval of the WPP board; and • We will continue to strive to make a positive contribution to society and the environment by: maintaining high standards of marketing ethics; respecting human rights; respecting the environment; supporting community organisations; supporting employee development; and managing significant sustainability risks in our supply chain. Our Sustainability Policy provides more detail about our commitments in these areas. WPP Data Code of Conduct Our principles WPP, its companies and its people are committed to responsible collection, management, use and protection of data. WPP recognises its obligations to all its stakeholders including share owners, clients, its own people, suppliers and consumers. WPP works with many categories of data and uses the term data in its broadest sense. We include within this definition client data, consumer data and all information and data related to the operation of our businesses. Our practices • We will be transparent with consumers. • We will treat data in accordance with all applicable laws, regulations and treaties. • We will implement fair and reasonable data policies and procedures. • We will treat data as confidential. • We will understand not only what data we hold but also its relevance to stakeholders. • We will secure, collect, process, use and store data appropriately. • We will ensure that data is retained appropriately. • We will implement necessary and appropriate technical measures to secure data. • We will delete data when required to do so. • We will ensure our people understand their role in upholding these principles and practices.   WPP Sustainability Policy We believe our business can make a positive contribution to society and the environment by managing our activities with care and by working with responsible organisations that promote social and environmental causes. Our operating companies are required to comply with this Sustainability Policy and report performance to the parent company quarterly. We recognise that many different stakeholders have an interest in our business and we welcome discussion of our policies and performance. Social investment WPP companies are encouraged to: • Undertake pro bono work for not-for-profit organisations involved in tackling social and environmental issues. • Make appropriate financial and other donations to social and environmental organisations. Managing relationships In all our relationships we will be open, honest and transparent and will not pay or receive bribes or inducements of any kind. Employee development WPP companies: • Will select and promote our people on the basis of qualifications and merit, without discrimination or concern for race, religion, national origin, colour, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age or disability. • Will support training and career development for our people. • Will provide a safe and civilised workplace free from sexual harassment or offensive behaviour. Marketing ethics WPP companies: • Will comply with applicable regulations and self-regulatory codes of practice in the countries in which they operate. • Will not knowingly create work which contains statements, suggestions or images offensive to general public decency and will give appropriate consideration to the impact of our work on minority segments of the population, whether that minority be by race, religion, national origin, colour, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age or disability. • Will not undertake work designed to mislead in any respect, including social, environmental and human rights issues. Environment WPP companies will respect the environment by minimising their impact from: • Energy use • Transport • Consumption of paper and other resources • Water use • Managing any significant sustainability risks in our supply chains. WPP sets quantitative targets for reducing our key environmental impacts. We aim to minimise the environmental impacts associated with the advertising and communications campaigns we create for clients. Our operating companies are encouraged to help achieve these goals. Human rights WPP companies will uphold the principles contained in the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the International Labour Organisation's fundamental conventions on core labour standards. We support the right of our people and their families to basic human rights, including the right to organise, the right to collective bargaining, the right to fair conditions of work, freedom of opinion and expression and freedom from forced labour and child labour.