Supply chain

WPP spends around $3 billion with suppliers each year. We want to do business with suppliers that meet high standards on environment and employment practices. We are committed to managing CR risks in our supply chain, both for ourselves and for our clients.

We focus our CR efforts on preferred suppliers that provide centrally-purchased goods and services such as IT, travel, telecommunications, professional services (e.g. consultancy and recruitment) and facilities management.

WPP’s Global Procurement Policy contains ethical and environmental criteria, which our Group procurement teams use in supplier selection and management. We thoroughly evaluate companies against a set of business requirements before they can become a preferred supplier. These include assurance of supply, quality, service, cost, innovation and CR. We do not have a standard weighting for each criteria and they may vary from project to project. As part of this process we ask potential suppliers to complete a simple five-point CR questionnaire to raise awareness and make our requirements clear.