webershandwick

2014 GRI CONTENT INDEX

GRI G4 guidelines were used as a reference. The below table includes those aspects that were found material.

GRI Description Locations & Comments
Strategy and Analysis
G4-1 Statement from the most senior decision maker of the organization about the relevance of sustainability to the organization and its strategy for addressing sustainability. Letter from Our Executive Leadership (CSR Report p. 3)
Organizational Profile
G4-3 Name of the organization. Weber Shandwick 
G4-4 Primary brands, products, and/or services.  What We Do
G4-5 Location of organization’s headquarters. New York, NY
G4-6 Number of countries where the organization operates, and names of countries with either major operations or that are specifically relevant to the sustainability issues covered in the report. Global Network
G4-7 Nature of ownership and legal form. CMGRP, Inc. is a wholly-owned unit of The Interpublic Group of Companies (NYSE: IPG).
G4-8 Markets served (including geographic breakdown, sectors served, and types of customers/beneficiaries). Global Network
G4-9 Scale of the reporting organization.  Weber Shandwick's global employees totaled approximately 3,500, and core operations included 76 offices in 35 countries as of June 2015.
G4-10 Total workforce by employment type, employment contract, and region.   The majority of Weber Shandwick's workforce is composed of full-time workers, and there are no significant seasonal fluctuations in employment numbers. The company does not disclose employee gender information. 
G4-11 Percentage of employees covered by collective bargaining agreements.   Weber Shandwick employees are not covered by a collective bargaining agreement. 
G4-12 Describe the organization’s supply chain. Weber Shandwick is a professional services firm. Our services are commercially available, and our business doesn't typically involve use of raw goods and materials. Our company relies on vendors to provide the supplies we require to perform our jobs. We are committed to managing our procurement function and supply chain proactively, in such a way as to deliver environmental benefits alongside financial ones. (CSR report p. 7)
G4-13 Significant changes during the reporting period regarding the organization’s size, structure, ownership, or its supply chain. In 2014, Weber Shandwick expanded its operations into Stockholm and Malmo, Sweden, and Sacramento, California. (Global Network)
Organizational Profile: Commitments to External Initiatives
G4-14 Explanation of whether and how the precautionary approach or principle is addressed by the organization. Environmental Policy (CSR Report p. 7)
G4-15 Externally developed economic, environmental, and social charters, principles, or other initiatives to which the organization subscribes or endorses. Weber Shandwick is committed to complying with all applicable legal environmental requirements and industry standards, striving to go beyond compliance through our ISO 14001 and LEED certifications as well as ongoing advancement in our operations. (CSR Report p. 12)
G4-16 Memberships in associations and/or national/international advocacy organizations in which the organization:
* Holds a position on the governance body;
* Participates in projects or committees;
* Provides substantive funding beyond routine membership dues; or
* Views membership as strategic.
Weber Shandwick is a member of the U.S. Green Building Council. In North America, the firm makes a contribution to Carbonfund.org to offset non-billable travel. Weber Shandwick Chairman Jack Leslie serves as Chairman of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Advisory Committee on Voluntary Foreign Aid (ACVFA).  
Report Scope and Boundary
G4-17 Operational structure of the organization, including main divisions, operating companies, subsidiaries, and joint ventures. What We Do and Global Network
G4-18 Explain the process for defining the report content and the Aspect Boundaries. Explain how the organization has implemented the Reporting Principles for Defining Report Content. In defining the report content, we took materiality into consideration by addressing the issues of greatest relevance to our business and our stakeholders. 
G4-23 Changes from previous reports in terms of scope and/or boundaries In 2014, Weber Shandwick expanded its operations into Stockholm and Malmo, Sweden, and Sacramento, California. It closed its offices in Amsterdam and Portland, Oregon. (Global Network)
Stakeholder Engagement
G4-24 List of stakeholder groups engaged by the organization. The firm's key stakeholders include employees, clients and vendors. 
Report Profile
G4-28 Reporting period for information provided. January - December 2014
G4-29 Date of most recent previous report. 2013
G4-30 Reporting cycle. Annual
G4-31 Contact point for questions regarding the report or its contents. csr@webershandwick.com
Report Profile: GRI Content Index
G4-32 Report the ‘in accordance’ option the organization has chosen.
Report the GRI Content Index for the chosen option.
Report the reference to the External Assurance Report, if the report has been externally assured. 
This report contains Standard Disclosures from the GRI G4 Sustainability Reporting Guidelines. 
Governance
G4-34 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. Weber Shandwick Leadership Team; Weber Shandwick North America CSR Committee and U.K. Enviroronmental Committee (CSR Report p. 9)
Ethics and Integrity
G4-56 Describe the organization’s values, principles, standards and norms of behavior such as codes of conduct and codes of ethics.  Weber Shandwick values include strategic creativity, dedication to success, executional excellence, collaboration and growth, and integrity and transparency. (CSR Report p. 4) As part of Interpublic Group (IPG) we comply with IPG’s Code of Conduct, which serves as the foundation of how we do business on a day-to-day basis, and provides us with guidelines on how to work with our colleagues, suppliers, clients and others with whom we may interact as we do business. We operate globally and our world has become increasingly complex, so the Code of Conduct is updated regularly and all employees are required to participate in training. We take pride in our reputation and high moral and ethical standards, and ensure 100% compliance with our Code of Conduct, dedication to success, executional excellence, collaboration and growth.
G4-57 Helplines or advice lines for employees IPG Code of Conduct
G4-58 Mechanisms for reporting concerns about unethical or unlawful behavior Interpublic Alert Line

Specific Standard Disclosures

Generic Disclosures on Management

GRI Description Locations & Comments
Economic
Aspect - Economic Performance
G4-EC1 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.   IPG 2014 Annual Report
Aspect - Indirect Economic Impacts 
G4 - EC8 Significant indirect economic impacts and extent of impacts.  A Green Mindset (CSR Report p. 6); Our Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion (CSR Report p. 14); Our Work and Partnerships (CSR Report p. 22).
Environmental 
Aspect - Materials
G4-EN1 Materials used by weight or volume.   Unable to quantify at this time. 
G4-EN2 Percentage of materials used that are recycled input materials.   Measurement is on a case by case basis. Procurement of office supplies considers use of recycled and recyclable materials. In our office buildings that are LEED certified, construction is done with LEED principles in mind.
Aspect - Energy
G4-EN3 Energy consumption within the organization. In 2014, we began requiring all new North American leases to provide electricity sub-metering to incentivize tenant-driven energy efficiency. We aim to be able to report on this in North America by the end of 2018.
G4-EN4 Energy consumption outside of the organization. Unable to quantify at this time.
G4-EN5 Energy intensity. Unable to quantify at this time.
G4-EN6 Reduction of energy consumption. Unable to quantify at this time.
G4-EN7 Reductions in energy requirements of products and services. Unable to quantify at this time.
Aspect - Biodiversity
G4-EN11 Operational sites owned, leased, managed in, or adjacent to, protected areas and areas of high biodiversity value outside protected areas.  The firm's global office leases are located in major metropolitan areas.
Aspect - Emissions
G4-EN15 Direct greenhouse gas emissions. Unable to quantify at this time.
G4-EN16 Energy indirect greenhouse gas emissions. Unable to quantify at this time.
G4-EN17 Other indirect greenhouse gas emissions.  Unable to quantify at this time.
G4-EN18 Greenhouse gas emissions intensity. Unable to quantify at this time.
G4-EN19 Initiatives to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and reductions achieved.   In 2014, Weber Shandwick achieved or was in the process of achieving LEED certification for 50% of its offices in North America, making up 65% of the region's total headcount. In North America, the firm makes a contribution to carbonfund.org to offset non-billable travel (CSR Report pg. 12).
G4-EN21 NOx, SOx, and other significant air emissions. Unable to quantify at this time.
Aspect - Effluents and Waste 
G4-EN22 Total water discharge by quality and destination.   Unable to quantify at this time. 
G4-EN23 Total weight of waste by type and disposal method.   Unable to quantify at this time. 
G4-EN24 Total number and volume of significant spills.   No spills to report. 
G4-EN25 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.  Unable to quantify at this time. 
Aspect - Products and Services 
G4-EN27 Extent of impact mitigation of environmental impacts of products and services. Weber Shandwick purchased carbon offset certificates for its non-billable airline travel. In 2014 the offset was 2979.78 metric tonnes. (CSR Report pg. 12)
G4-EN28 Products and packaging materials reclaimed Most of our offices are located in commercial properties, which we share with other companies. We're unable to report on this given that we are only tenants and share our space. We look for properties that have recycling programs and are LEED certified.
Aspect - Compliance 
G4-EN29 Monetary value of significant fines and total number of non-monetary sanctions for non-compliance with environmental laws and regulations.   No fines to report.
Aspect - 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.   Weber Shandwick purchased carbon offset certificates for its non-billable airline travel. In 2014 the offset was 2979.78 metric tonnes. (CSR Report pg. 12)
Aspect - Overall 
G4-EN31 Total environmental protection expenditures and investments by type.   In North America, our CSR committee funds office Green Teams $25 per employee per year to further green initiatives. Green Team members receive billable hours credit to encourage participation. Our carbon offset cost $30,000. When we build according to LEED certification, it requires a larger investment.
Aspect - Supplier Environmental Assessment
G4-EN32 Percentage of new suppliers that were screened using environmental criteria. IPG Supplier Code of Conduct. ISO 14001 certifications across Weber Shandwick offices require evaluation and auditing. 
Aspect - Environmental Grievance Mechanisms
G4-EN34 Number of grievances about environmental impacts filed, addressed and resolved through formal grievance mechanisms. No grievances to report on. 
Labor Practices and Decent Work
Aspect - Training and Education 
G4-LA10 Programs for skills management and lifelong learning that support the continued employability of employees and assist them in managing career endings.   WeberShandwick.edu offers a targeted learning and development approach, with classroom training, instructor-led webinars, on-the-job learning and external development opportunities.
G4-LA11 Percentage of employees receiving regular performance and career development reviews, by gender and by employee category. Our policy is to review all employees annually for performance and career development.
Human Rights
Aspect - Investment 
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.   All employees receive annual online training on our Code of Conduct.
Aspect - 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 at significant risk.  None. 
Aspect - Child Labor 
G4-HR5 Operations and suppliers identified as having significant risk for incidents of child labor.  None.
Aspect - Forced or Compulsory Labor 
G4-HR6 Operations and suppliers identified as having significant risk for incidents of forced or compulsory labor.  None.
Aspect - Indigenous Rights 
G4-HR8 Total number of incidents of violations involving rights of indigenous people and actions taken.   None. 
Aspect - Supplier Human Rights Assessment
G4-HR10 Percentage of new suppliers that were screened using human rights criteria. IPG Supplier Code of Conduct
G4-HR11 Significant actual and potential negative human rights impacts in the supply chain and actions taken. None. 
Society
Aspect - Local Communities 
G4-SO1 Percentage of operations with implemented local community engagement, impact assessments, and development programs.   Impact Project (CSR Report p. 38)
G4-SO2 Operations with significant potential or actual negative impacts on local communities. None. 
Aspect - Anti-Corruption
G4-SO4 Communication and training on anti-corruption policies and procedures. As part of Interpublic Group (IPG) we comply with IPG's annual online Code of Conduct training which covers anti-corruption policies and procedures.
Aspect - Anti-Competitive Behavior
G4-SO7 Total number of legal actions for anti-competitive behavior, anti-trust, and monopoly practices and their outcomes.   No legal actions to report on. 
Aspect - Compliance 
G4-SO8 Monetary value of significant fines and total number of non-monetary sanctions for non-compliance with laws and regulations.   No fines to report on. 
Aspect - Supplier Assessments for Impacts on Society
G4-SO9 Percentage of new suppliers that were screened using criteria for impacts on society. IPG Supplier Code of Conduct.
G4-SO10 Significant actual and potential negative impacts on society in the supply chain and actions taken. None. 
Aspect - Grievance Mechanisms for Impacts on Society
G4-SO11 Number of grievances about impacts on society filed, addressed and resolved through formal grievance mechanisms. None. 
Product Responsibility
Aspect - Marketing Communications
G4-PR6 Sale of banned or disputed products. None. 
Aspect - Customer Privacy
G4-PR8 Total number of substantiated complaints regarding breaches of customer privacy and losses of customer data.   None.
Aspect - Compliance 
G4-PR9 Monetary value of significant fines for non-compliance with laws and regulations concerning the provision and use of products and services.   None.