The Ipsos approach to Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) has always incorporated three critical elements – Social, Societal and Environmental. The information we collect not only gives us insight into benchmarking our performance, around the world, but also provides a basis for our improvement.
Those matters have also been at the heart of the Company's strategic orientations as envisaged by the Board of Directors, which had decided in 2014 to create a specialized committee called the "CSR Committee". In 2022, this committee was renamed the "Strategy and ESG Committee". The Board of Directors formalised the Company's purpose in 2019 as follows.
Our Raison d’être: “ Deliver reliable information for a true understanding of Society, Markets and People ”
Ipsos was the first research company in the world to subscribe to the UN Global Compact, in 2008. The Group has subscribed for respecting ten universal principles concerning human rights, labour, the environment and combating corruption.
The CSR policy management tools include The Ipsos Professional Code of Conduct and Ethics, and the “Book of Policies and Procedures”, supplemented by a whistle-blowing procedure.
The Ipsos Professional Code of Conduct and Ethics
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Established in 2014, the mission of the Ipsos Foundation is to “Develop a global outreach program to support and implement educational programs for underprivileged children and adolescents around the world”.
Since its creation, the Ipsos Foundation has funded 98 projects in 43 different countries, for a total amount of over €2.6M. Over the years, we have built schools in Nepal, Ghana and Zambia, provided books in the USA, Hong Kong, South Africa and Haiti, supported the education of children with severe illnesses in Russia, the Philippines and Kazakhstan. And these are only a few examples.
Promote the integration of refugees
In September 2018, Ipsos signed a partnership agreement with Tent Foundation, established in 2016 by Hamdi Ulukaya, to mobilize businesses around the world to improve the lives and livelihoods of over 25 million men, women and children forcibly displaced from their countries of origin and with refugee status. Ipsos currently employs over 60 refugees worldwide.
Committed to the planet
In 2008, Ipsos embarked on a structured approach to manage its environmental footprint. To this end, a report is compiled on its greenhouse gas emissions. In addition, Ipsos has implemented environmental policies in most countries aimed at reducing waste and energy consumption.
Ipsos' Taking Responsibility program covers the societal aspect of the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) independent standards, which help organizations of all types to report their impact in terms of climate change, human rights and corruption.
The involvement of our countries and our employees in societal and community issues is growing year-on-year.
Disseminate the lessons learned from our research to support positive change in societies
As part of our commitments to society, Ipsos partnered with the World Economic Forum (WEF) to produce and publish to global economic decision-makers some of our data on sustainable development and economic and societal trends.
Extra-financial performance report 2022