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MDC Partners Joins Cross-Industry Coalition to Advance Diversity and Inclusion in the Workplace, Reinforcing Ongoing Diversity and Inclusion Efforts

More Than 270 CEOs Have Joined Hands in the CEO Action for Diversity & Inclusion

NEW YORK, JULY 25, 2017– MDC Partners Inc. (NASDAQ:MDCA) has joined the growing coalition pledging to advance diversity and inclusion in the workplace. By signing on to the CEO Action for Diversity & Inclusion ™, MDC Partners joins a group of over 270 CEOs who are committing themselves – and the organizations they lead – to advance diversity and inclusion in the workplace. This commitment builds on the energy and momentum of MDC Partners’ ongoing diversity and inclusion efforts, and grows the potential impact of the cross-industry pledge.

With this commitment, MDC Partners is pledging to take action to cultivate a workplace where diverse perspectives and experiences are welcomed and respected and where employees feel encouraged to discuss diversity and inclusion. The collective of more than 270 signatories have already shared nearly 200 best known actions, exchanging tangible learning opportunities and creating collaborative conversations via the initiative’s unified hub, CEOAction.com.

“I can think of no industry that is more dependent on its people than ours,” said Scott Kauffman, Chairman and CEO of MDC Partners. “Our clients depend on us to make meaningful connections with their prospects and customers.  To be effective in that mission and to thrive as an organization, it is essential that we build diverse and inclusive workplaces, with voices that represent all members of society.  Diversity is critical to achieving our business objectives, and we have a responsibility as leaders to insist on environments that help people of all backgrounds succeed.  In our shared commitments made through this pledge, we as leaders can accelerate and strengthen the impact that we make.”

Organizations joining the pledge are taking a step towards effecting positive change. New research from the Center for Talent Innovation, a nonprofit think tank, found that when employees can discuss the topic of race relations at work, they feel significantly more included and that their ideas are heard and recognized.

CEO Action for Diversity & Inclusion™ is cultivating a new type of ecosystem centered around collaboration and sharing. The actions, available via CEOAction.com, showcase real-life examples of the open and transparent conversations to cultivate more diverse and inclusive workplace environments. The addition of new signatories will expand the impact of this work beyond the office to communities and industries.

MDC Partners, by joining this growing group of signatories, has expanded its opportunity to take a meaningful role in addressing this critical issue. And in doing so, MDC Partners can help ensure that the advertising, marketing, and communications industry is a place where talented people of all backgrounds and experiences can thrive.

The CEO Action for Diversity & Inclusion™ is led by a steering committee of CEOs and leaders from Accenture, BCG, Deloitte US, The Executive Leadership Council, EY, General Atlantic, KPMG, New York Life, Procter & Gamble, and PwC. The coalition represents nearly 70 industries, all 50 US States, and millions of employees globally.

“We are so proud that we are continuing to build momentum and support for the CEO Action for Diversity & Inclusion™ across companies, industries and regions. This collaboration expands our reach and brings in unique values, actions and perspectives to continue to raise the bar for the entire business community,” said Tim Ryan, U.S. Chairman and Senior Partner of PwC and chair of the steering committee for the CEO Action for Diversity & Inclusion™. “The overwhelming support for the coalition has been amazing to see and with each and every new organization signing on, we have the opportunity to put our commitments into action by working together to improve diversity and inclusion in our workplaces and communities.”

The CEO Action for Diversity & Inclusion™ coalition will come together for the first-ever 2017 CEO Action for Diversity & Inclusion™ Summit in November. It will be an opportunity for the signatories to act on the commitments within the pledge, share best known actions, and look toward developing additional commitments for advancing diversity and inclusion within the workplace.

To learn more about the pledge, visit CEOAction.com. The website serves as a hub for information sharing, idea generation, and program development. With nearly 200 best known actions shared, companies that are not currently implementing the elements of the pledge can use it as an opportunity to learn from others that are already doing so. Learning from, and sharing, actions help companies drive greater engagement within their own programs, as well as mentor others on their journey.


About CEO Action for Diversity & Inclusion™

CEO Action for Diversity & Inclusion™ is the largest CEO-driven business commitment to advance diversity and inclusion within the workplace. Bringing together more than 270 CEOs of America’s leading organizations, the commitment outlines actions that participating companies pledge to take to cultivate a workplace where diverse perspectives and experiences are welcomed and respected, employees feel comfortable and encouraged to discuss diversity and inclusion, and where best known—and unsuccessful—actions can be shared across organizations. Learn more at CEOAction.com and connect with us on Facebook: CEO Action for Diversity & Inclusion and Twitter: @CEOAction.


About MDC Partners Inc.

MDC Partners is one of the fastest-growing and most influential marketing and communications networks in the world. Its 50+ advertising, public relations, media, branding, digital, social and event marketing agencies are responsible for some of the most memorable and engaging campaigns for the world’s most respected brands. As “The Place Where Great Talent Lives,” MDC Partners is known for its unique partnership model, empowering the most entrepreneurial and innovative talent to drive competitive advantage and business growth for clients. By leveraging technology, data analytics, insights, and strategic consulting solutions, MDC Partners drives measurable results and optimizes return on marketing investment for over 1,700 clients worldwide.

For more information about MDC Partners and its partner firms, visit https://www.mdc-partners.com and follow us on Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/mdcpartners.