Shared value through social purpose: the compass that guides our work

Society is facing some of its greatest challenges. Climate change, biodiversity loss and extreme inequality are causing exponential disruption. Citizens are demanding change. And businesses are under pressure to respond.

As a global leader in media and digital communications, we understand the power we have to influence how people think, feel and act. We also recognise the role we play in driving consumption. That's why we're embedding sustainable behaviours and human-centric thinking into our strategy and planning processes – to develop work that is more reflective of the needs of society today.

We have the responsibility, opportunity and privilege to help guide our people, clients and society through this disruption. We will fuse data, technology and creativity in a way that helps create a brighter, more sustainable future for everyone.

Shared value through social purpose: the compass that guides our work

Our 2019 Social Impact Results

Climate change, biodiversity loss and inequality are global megatrends reshaping our world. In 2019 we saw a significant increase in both awareness and activity across all stakeholder groups, with employees, investors, clients and consumers all calling for change. Business and brands have no choice but to respond. Our industry is no exception. The impact of Covid-19 is likely to be profound and long-lasting. It is also likely to lead to a 'reset' of society's future priorities and the interconnections between business, society and government.

Find out more about Social Impact at dentsu in 2019 and how we are refreshing our Social Impact strategy.

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Our 2019 Social Impact Report

For lasting good

Digital skills

We’re sharing our skills and capabilities with young people from diverse backgrounds and supporting them to find careers in our industry. Our goal is to improve the digital skills of 100,000 people by the end of 2020.

Tomorrows leaders

We’re mentoring entrepreneurs and change makers to build successful, diverse and inclusive businesses. Our goal is to mentor 100 female entrepreneurs by the end of 2020.

Digital for society

We’re transforming the role of businesses and brands to deliver better outcomes for society. Our goal is to reach 1 billion people through campaigns related to the Sustainable Development Goals by the end of 2020.

Change starts at home

For the planet

We’ve transitioned to being a low-carbon business with 100% renewable energy.

For our communities

We’re helping our people share their time and talent with society.

For our people

We’re creating a diverse and inclusive workforce intent on making a difference.

dentsu is committed to making a positive impact in society and on the next generation of talent.

The Code

We're opening the doors of our industry to the next generation of diverse talent. The Code teaches young people the skills they need to thrive in the digital economy.

Our environment strategy

We're aiming to reduce our carbon footprint by 40% per full-time employee by the end of 2020. And we have set a Science-Based Target to reduce our emissions even further by 2030. 

We've committed to purchasing 100% of our electricity from renewable sources by 2020, which we have now achieved.

Our aim is to reduce our business travel by 25% per full-time employee by the end of 2020. And we're working with clients to find ways to further reduce our impact together. 

Our partners

  • UNEP Logo
  • Dow Jones Sustainability Index
  • Ecovadis logo
  • RE100 logo
  • UN Global Compact
  • Common ground logo
  • Sustainable development goals logo
  • Responsible media forum
  • CDP logo
  • Sedex logo