Responsibility & Sustainability

CARING FOR OUR ENVIRONMENT

OUR VISION

Sustainable options are a fundamental part of the decision making process at an individual and organizational level throughout Nielsen.

OUR MISSION

To continuously identify, bring awareness to, and advocate for, sustainable options in an effort to manage and reduce Nielsen’s impact on the environment by driving operational efficiencies.

In other words…making sustainability part of our DNA.

OUR FOCUS

Nielsen understands the demand of the environment, and through Nielsen Green, has built a sustainability program that makes a global commitment to save, protect and restore our natural environment. With a portfolio that focuses on efforts to reduce emissions and improve our resource management, Nielsen takes a holistic approach, empowering our colleagues, clients and vendors to lead environmental projects where we can have a material impact.

Nielsen’s environmental focus spans three key areas:

Understanding our business impact on the environment across markets

Working with our clients and vendors to influence and drive sustainable change

Building on-site Green Teams to identify and launch initiatives to drive impact across Nielsen offices

HOW WE DO IT

OUR FOOTPRINT

While Nielsen has identified seven green pillars to drive our environmental work forward, as stated below, our non-financial materiality assessments continue to highlight the focus areas as fundamental “table stakes” for our company to drive sustainable operations. For us these include, but are not limited to, Energy, Business Travel & Waste as the primary material areas for our environmental strategic focus.

We further translate our commitment to the prioritized areas through our environmental sustainability goals, and continue to measure our Greenhouse Gas emissions and resource consumption globally. Read more about our goals, emissions, and green initiatives in our Nielsen Global Environmental Policy & Guidelines Across Functions.

WASTe MANAGEMENT

Promote programs to reduce landfill and other waste; increasing recycling and composting across Nielsen offices

ENERGY MANAGEMENT

Implement building energy management strategies to drive efficiencies in performance

MATERIALS AND RESOURCES

Encourage use of sustainable building materials, such as recycled furniture and carpets made from recycled materials

TRAVEL

Reduce our carbon emissions by focusing on ways to reduce, optimize and offset our travel

EDUCATION

Share knowledge & drive awareness on climate change with all stakeholders, educate on the urgent need for action and plans

WATER MANAGEMENT

Promote smarter and more efficient use of water through controlled or reduced consumption

INDOOR ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY

Maintain productive workspaces through better indoor air quality, unobstructed access to daylight, using no Volatile Organic Compound cleaning supplies, ensuring reduced concentrations of air pollutants, to name a few

OUR VALUE CHAIN

Supply Chain Sustainability

Learn more about Nielsen’s commitment to good corporate citizenship and sustainability in our supply chain, managing the environmental, social, governance (ESG) and ethical impacts of purchasing.

OUR GRASSROOTS IMPACT

Nielsen’s commitment to sustainability is activated at the grassroots level by volunteers who come together to lead and participate in environmental initiatives; and through locally established Green Teams. Through simple but impactful initiatives, our associates and these office-based teams are changing our behavior and interaction with the environment every day.

Learn more in the Nielsen in Action section and our Global Environmental Policy & Guidelines Across Operations.  

NIELSEN IN ACTION

OTHER GREEN INITIATIVES

GLOBAL

  • Earth Week: 20,000+ associates globally came together for five days to celebrate Nielsen’s fifth annual Earth Week in April 2018, leading a range of efforts to elevate our global sustainability impact in their offices and cities. Primary focus: Waste management; and the week kicked off with the celebration of Global E-waste Recycling Day. Over 7,000 pounds of electronics were collected for responsible recycling. 
  • World Cleanup Day: Nielsen celebrated its first World Cleanup Day in September 2018, joining the global movement addressing the challenge of waste. While the focus was clean-up, our inaugural event emphasized the importance of awareness; 80 events across 36 countries, with 2,000+ volunteer hours spent on local clean-up activities. 
  • Trash Blindness Survey: Nielsen volunteers engaged in a Data for Good project to lead a pro-Bono Trash Blindness Survey to assess consumer perceptions about trash, and learn about “trash blindness.” 

REGIONAL & local efforts

  • Green certifications for Nielsen offices: 
    • Nielsen Los Angeles, California office received Green Biz certification
    • Nielsen Malaysia office is GreenRE Bronze certified
    • Nielsen Tel Aviv, Israel office is LEED Gold pre-certified
    • Nielsen Chicago, Illinois office is LEED Silver certified

Learn more about how Nielsen teams’ are ensuring that globally, at the grassroots and across our value chain, we are driving sustainable initiatives for a responsible environmental footprint

OUR ASSOCIATES IN ACTION AROUND THE WORLD

RESOURCES

NIELSEN GLOBAL ENVIRONMENTAL POLICY AND GUIDELINES ACROSS FUNCTIONS

A look at Nielsen’s global environmental sustainability program and policies, the vision, our committed goals and emission numbers, and an overview of our operational processes to drive responsible resource management.

Read the program and policies >

Global Responsibility Report

A report sharing the way Nielsen measures its performance as a corporate citizen, how we serve our clients, manage our supply chain, treat our associates, and contribute to our communities and environment.

2018 Report: Redefining Value >
2016 Report: Measuring What Matters >

MEASURING THE IMPACT OF CLIMATE CHANGE

Nielsen understands the implications of climate change on how we do business, and continues to be mindful of the related risks as a necessary part of operating responsibly. Here is a look at the findings from our first global Climate Risk Assessment. 

Measuring the Impact of Climate Change

Global Responsibility & Sustainability Team

Materiality Assessment >
Environmental, Social & Governance Highlights >
2017 Infographic >

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