2021 Nielsen Interim

RESPonsibility update

Welcome to Nielsen’s 2021 Interim Responsibility Update.

2020 was a pivotal and historic year that stands to leave lasting impacts on all our communities, as well as on many businesses. We collectively faced the deadly and disruptive COVID-19 pandemic, which brought personal, social and economic devastation to so many. In the U.S., the ongoing reality of deep systemic racism continued to be fully and painfully revealed, resulting in a social justice movement that has reverberated globally. At the same time, our company also underwent profound changes, as we announced the spin-off of Nielsen Global Connect (now known as NielsenIQ), which was completed in March 2021. Through these dramatic shifts, both internally and externally, we remained committed to improving our environmental, social and governance (ESG) performance. We now move forward as a media-focused Nielsen and look toward continuing our ESG strategy and setting new ESG goals aligned with our refreshed brand purpose and values.

Though we typically report biennially on our ESG work, we are releasing this 2021 Interim Responsibility Update to provide our stakeholders with a snapshot of our ESG journey through this unprecedented year. It provides an overview of the key areas of our ESG strategy, focusing primarily on calendar year 2020 data and highlights. This update also includes a refreshed Sustainability Accounting Standards Board (SASB) index. Unless otherwise noted, the content and data presented here covers the combined Nielsen company during 2020, prior to the sale of NielsenIQ and our transition to a media-only Nielsen. Our full Global Responsibility Report, released in May 2020, provides an account of our ESG approach through 2018 and 2019, including supplemental data for the reporting frameworks most relevant to Nielsen: the SASB, the Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD) and the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI).

Download our 2021 Interim Responsibility Update and SASB Index below.