A diverse workforce adds value to our businesses. It helps us understand consumers from all walks of life and create compelling marketing for our clients. An inclusive workplace culture helps us attract the most talented people from all backgrounds.
WPP introduced a non-discrimination policy in 1992, committing all our companies to select, develop and promote people based on merit and regardless of race, religion, national origin, colour, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age or disability.
In addition, many of our companies have established chief diversity officers and senior level Diversity Advisory Councils. These provide leadership and make sure that our commitment to diversity and inclusion is understood and integrated into how we work. Training, awareness campaigns and employee networks help our people understand the importance and business benefits of an inclusive workplace. Our companies also take a leading role in industry initiatives designed to overcome barriers to diversity such as the 4A’s Diversity Steering Committee.
At a Group level we are a member of many organisations working to improve diversity, such as the Business Disability Forum and Stonewall, the UK lesbian, gay and bisexual charity, and our companies work with a number of diversity organisations at the national and regional level.
More information can be found in our Sustainability Report, including diversity related data and initiatives. See http://www.wpp.com/sustainabilityreports/2014/employment/#creating-inclusive-workplaces-valuing-diversity.