At Penguin Random House UK we make books for everyone because a book can change anyone. Books are a portal to enter new worlds, to inhabit someone else’s shoes, to open one’s eyes to new perspectives. Books create belonging. They help us see each other and understand one other. That’s why it’s vital that everyone has the chance to see themselves, and their communities, reflected in the books they read.

Our business is built on connecting these stories and ideas with the widest possible readership. But in order to achieve this, we need to represent the rich diversity of UK society - in who we employ, who we publish and who we partner with. 

Over the last few years we have made progress towards becoming a truly inclusive publisher and employer, but we still have much more to do. We – along with the rest of the publishing industry – need to make faster progress in addressing inequalities in our industry and ensuring our publishing is truly representative.

Our approach to inclusivity

In July 2020 we shared an accelerated action plan to reaffirm our commitment to inclusivity, built around three overarching goals:

1. Representation in all teams, at all levels

Our ambition is for our entire company to ultimately reflect the rich diversity of UK society. To help us work towards that goal, our initial target is for our new hires to reflect UK society by 2023, as measured by the 2021 population census. This includes race equality, social mobility, disability, gender and sexual orientation.

2. A culture where everyone can belong

We want to create a culture where all our colleagues feel they belong and are set up to do the best work of their lives. To us, that means establishing a culture in which everyone feels welcomed and treated equitably. One in which everyone feels safe and confident to speak up and voice their concerns and views – and feels heard when they do because others are willing to learn and listen.

3. Publishing books for everyone

Our authors and their books are at the heart of our business. Our goal is for the authors and illustrators we acquire to reflect UK society by 2023, as measured by the 2021 population census. In addition, at least 5% of books will come from Black writers. 

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