January 9, 2018

GroupM UK Verified By ABC to JICWEBS Brand Safety Principles

London, 9 January 2018 -  GroupM UK Digital Programmatic Service has been verified to the JICWEBS Digital Trading Standards Group (DTSG) Good Practice Principles by independent industry body ABC. The aim of the Good Practice Principles is to inject greater transparency into the UK digital display advertising market, ultimately giving brands greater confidence that their advertising will reach the right audience and will not be associated with content that could jeopardise brand reputation.

GroupM is the leading global media investment management company for WPP’s media agencies including Mindshare, MediaCom, Wavemaker, Essence and m/SIX. Responsible for UK billings of £8.1bn, approximately 43% of all UK media spend (RECMA), GroupM UK supports its agencies and clients across trading expertise, data, technology, and an array of specialty services including addressable TV, content, and sports. 

As a JICWEBS approved Verification Provider, ABC supplies the online media industry with a trusted and robust currency on which media space can be bought and sold. For more information on ABC’s Verification Service please go to: www.abc.org.uk/verification/brand-safety.

Bethan Crockett, Senior Director of Brand Safety and Digital Risk, GroupM EMEA, said, “We have always championed JICWEBS and our support of the DTSG Good Practice Principles. Verification, compliance and enforced standards are essential to ensuring our industry operates at the best level possible and to reassure advertisers of the provision of quality brand safe environments for digital campaigns. We can’t stress enough the importance of agreed standards and the recognition the entire industry should give them.”

Simon Redlich, Chief Executive at ABC, said: “We are delighted to have verified GroupM UK to the JICWEBS Digital Trading Standards Group (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.”

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About GroupM

GroupM is the leading global media investment management company for WPP’s media agencies including Mindshare, MediaCom, Wavemaker, Essence and m/Six, and the outcomes-driven programmatic audience company, Xaxis. 

Responsible for more than US $108B in annual media investment by some of the world’s largest advertisers, GroupM agencies deliver an advantage to clients with unrivaled insights into media marketplaces and consumer audiences. GroupM enables its agencies and clients with trading expertise, data, technology, and an array of specialty services including addressable TV, content, and sports. 

GroupM works closely with WPP’s data investment management group, Kantar, and together they account for almost 50% of WPP’s group revenues of more than US $19B. GroupM delivers unrivaled marketplace advantage to its clients, stakeholders and people.

Discover more about GroupM at www.groupm.com.

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About ABC

ABC delivers a stamp of trust for the media industry. We are owned and developed jointly by media owners, advertisers and agencies to set industry-agreed standards for media brand measurement across print, digital and events.

ABC is also a trusted verification provider. We audit media brand measurement data and the adoption of good practice and process to industry-agreed standards.

Established in 1931, ABC was the first UK Joint Industry Currency (JIC) and is a founder member of the International Federation of ABCs.

For more information please visit www.abc.org.uk

For press enquiries, please contact Native Consultancy: Richard Edwards and Sophie Kennedy on 01442 200971 or abcpressoffice@nativethinking.co.uk

About JICWEBS 

JICWEBS is the UK's Joint Industry Committee for Web Standards and is made up of the following trade bodies: Association of Online Publishers (AOP), Internet Advertising Bureau (IAB) UK, News Media Association, ISBA – the voice of British advertisers – and the Institute of Practitioners in Advertising (IPA). 

For more information please visit www.jicwebs.org

 About the Digital Trading Standards Group (DTSG) 

The DTSG comprises representatives from the following sectors of the digital display trading ecosystem: advertisers, agencies, agency trading desks (ATDs), demand side platforms (DSPs), advertising networks, sales houses, advertising exchanges, supply side platforms (SSPs) and publishers.


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