November 17, 2016


LONDON, 17 November 2016 - GroupM, the world’s leading media investment management group, today announced that it has attained the JICWEBS DTSG Brand Safety Accreditation for its UK Programmatic Business. 

GroupM offers holistic and agnostic real time programmatic media investment management to clients and alongside Xaxis, GroupM’s leading programmatic audience company which renewed its JICWEBS DTSG Brand Safety Accreditation in June, this certification demonstrates GroupM’s commitment to protecting clients’ brands. 

Under the JICWEBS (Joint Industry Committee for Web Standards in the UK and Ireland) remit to develop independent standards for benchmarking best practice for online ad trading, the DTSG (Digital Trading Standards Group) has set out the Brand Safety Good Practice Principles for all businesses involved in the buying, selling or facilitating of display advertising.  

The principles focus on policy and process with the parameters ranging from clearly agreed contracts, controls on where adverts will appear, proactive management of inventory sources, to clarity on issue resolution and contractual consequences in the event of ad misplacement. 

Accredited companies must demonstrate fulfilment and agree to independent verification of adherence to all principles to achieve certification. The DTSG UK Brand Safety Good Practice Principles certificate attributed to GroupM for 12 months, has been validated by ABC, the industry body for media measurement. 

“We take brand safety very seriously at GroupM as it’s an ever-present challenge in the industry. It is essential to keep our clients brands protected and to uphold digital supply integrity. We have a robust multi-tier process for brand safety and work closely with key industry bodies to guarantee brand safety for clients,” said Bethan Crockett, Digital Risk Director at GroupM UK. “There will always be more work to be done in this space, which is why we are supportive of the JICWEBS initiative and pleased to have attained the DTSG brand safety accreditation.” 

JICWEBS' Chairman Richard Foan said, "Trust in the digital marketing industry will continue to increase as organisations such as GroupM support JICWEBS' cross-industry initiatives that provide greater transparency in online ad trading. The DTSG seal is also a valuable business tool as advertiser body ISBA recommends their members use intermediaries which have been certified in this way, as it provides them with much needed reassurances over online brand safety." 

Simon Redlich, Chief Executive at ABC, said, “We are pleased to have verified GroupM’s UK Programmatic Business to the JICWEBS DTSG Good Practice Principles. ABC’s verification service gives our industry confidence about compliance with JICWEBS industry-agreed standards and raises the bar in the important area of brand safety, a key milestone in the evolution of digital display advertising.” 

About GroupM:  

GroupM is the leading global media investment management company serving as the parent to WPP media agencies including Mindshare, MEC, MediaCom, Maxus, and Essence, as well as the programmatic digital media platform, Xaxis, each global operations in their own right with leading market positions. GroupM’s primary purpose is to maximize the performance of WPP’s media agencies by operating as leader and collaborator in trading, content creation, sports, digital, finance, and proprietary tool development. GroupM’s focus is to deliver unrivalled marketplace advantage to its clients, stakeholders and people, and is increasingly working closely for the benefit of clients with WPP’s data investment management group, Kantar. Together GroupM and Kantar account for over 50% of WPP’s group revenues of more than $20 billion.   

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