GroupM partners with Unilever to launch first of its kind ethics tool
GroupM, WPP’s media investment group, has announced the launch of the industry’s first tool to operationalize data ethics.
Available as a global web app, Data Ethics Compass uses a proprietary scoring logic to democratize ethical advertising, allowing advertisers to quickly and consistently evaluate the ethical risk level of data assets and decisions informed by that evaluation.
GroupM partnered with Unilever, a longstanding proponent for responsibility in media and data usage, to develop an iteration of the tool responsive to Unilever’s mission and vision.
Krystal Olivieri, Global SVP for Data Strategy and Partnerships, GroupM: “Our Data Ethics Compass provides clients a consistent approach on how best to navigate ethical risk and prioritize and respect the privacy of people on the other side of the screen. This new capability demonstrates GroupM’s belief that even though you have access to certain data, it doesn’t mean you should always use it. We have an obligation as an industry to re-establish an appropriate balance.”
A key benefit of Data Ethics Compass is that it removes subjectivity from ethical decisions and offers a single codified framework for all teams and all data types across the planning life cycle. A core feature is the proprietary scoring logic that examines data-related decisions to determine potential ethical risks of data-driven campaigns through the consumer’s lens.
Nicola McCormick, General Counsel, GroupM: “The burgeoning of privacy protection laws around the world reflects the widespread consumer demand to have the interests of the individual paramount in considerations concerning data usage. With ethics ranking three times more important to company trust than competence, binary decisions taken on whether data is ‘opted in’ or not are no longer sustainable in our industry. GroupM’s Data Ethics Compass enables us to think more holistically about data use and the impact on the end-user.”
Data Ethics Compass is GroupM’s latest innovation in its ongoing commitment to make advertising work better for people by creating a more united, whole and responsible technology and data approach through powerful analytics and performance capabilities.
In launching with Unilever, GroupM is working closely with its media agency, Mindshare, to apply the tool and framework to Unilever’s data-driven media activations. In service of the tool’s development, Mindshare has evaluated and collaborated on numerous active campaign and brand scenarios with Unilever to embed the ethical frameworks into everyday use.
Jennifer Gardiner, Senior Director of Media, Unilever: “Creating a responsible digital ecosystem continues to be a priority for Unilever and adding an ethical overlay for use of data in media is a key next step. Consumers are growing increasingly distrustful of advertising and lack clarity in how their data is being collected and used in profiling tactics. Our partnership with GroupM on the launch of this much-needed tool sends a reassuring and bold signal that we must all hold ourselves, our partners and agencies to the highest standards, truly putting consumers first.”