Shops agree to diversify recruiting; can skip hearings

09/7/2006 | Advertising Age (tiered subscription model)

Seeking to avoid having to testify at hearings examining ad-industry employment diversity, several WPP Group agencies reportedly have signed pledges with the New York City Human Rights Commission to improve their minority hiring practices, with more such pacts under negotiation with Interpublic Group, Publicis Groupe and Omnicom Group shops. Indeed, all 15 of the agencies that were summoned to appear before the commission during Advertising Week are expected to enter into diversity pacts, which in turn will excuse their executives from having to testify.

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