Our ESG Strategy


Driving ESG Forward

While 2020 and 2021 presented a number of challenges, our heightened focus on environmental, social, and governance (ESG) strategies helped us honor the relationships, values, and commitments that have made us one of the nation’s leading multichannel media companies. The ESG opportunities we face in the coming years will continue to drive our services and innovation forward.

ESG Leadership Council

The members of the ESG Leadership Council were appointed by Chairman, CEO, and President Tom Harty in fiscal 2021. The council meets at least quarterly to oversee, track, and manage ESG commitments and activities across the enterprise.


Top row: Tom Harty, Chairman of the Board, CEO, and President


Middle row (left to right): Gary Brown, SVP, Content, Local Media Group; Jason Frierott, Chief Financial Officer; Chuck Howell, SVP, Strategic Sourcing/Newsstand/Production Operations; Erica Jensen, SVP, Chief Communications Officer; Daphne Kwon, Chief Strategy Officer; Catherine Levene, President, National Media Group; and Mary Margaret, Editor in Chief, Entertainment Weekly


Bottom row (left to right): Jenny McCoy, Executive Director, Environmental, Social, Governance (ESG); Patrick McCreery, President, Local Media Group; Mell Meredith, Chairman of the Board, Meredith Corporation Foundation; VP, E.T. Meredith Foundation; Member, Meredith Corporation Board of Directors; Dina Nathanson, SVP, Human Resources; Diane Parker, VP, Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion (DEI); and John Zieser, Chief Development Officer


Our Approach to ESG Reporting

As the nation’s largest brand-powered media company focused on women, we have abundant opportunities to use our influence for good. In 2021, we began work on building our first materiality matrix. Through that research and a materiality assessment, we identified six core areas of focus (noted below). These six focus areas will drive our commitments to advancing ESG practices in our business going forward.


Maintaining the utmost integrity in the journalism we produce and the advertising we deliver is essential to our business. That responsibility is the highest order for our company. Read about our focus on integrity.

Data Privacy & Security

You trust us with your data, and we treat it with respect. We take all necessary measures to secure it, our practices meet all regulatory requirements, and we maintain the privacy that you require. Read more about our focus on data privacy and security.


Our employees are our No. 1 asset. We maintain a culture where outstanding work is rewarded, individual talents are nurtured and celebrated, and inclusion is the norm. Read about our focus on talent.

Diverse & Inclusive Representation

The work we produce and the people who create it must represent the audiences we serve. Read about our focus on DEI representation.

Technology & Digital Transformation

Digital technology is a cornerstone of our business, and we harness that expertise to help achieve our ESG commitments. Read about our focus on digital transformation.

Environmental Sustainability

Being responsible stewards of our resources is an essential part of building a sustainable future for our stakeholders. Read about our focus on environmental sustainability.