At Penguin Random House UK our aim is to become a more diverse and inclusive publisher and employer. We want our new hires and the books we acquire to reflect the rich diversity of UK society by 2023.
To achieve this goal we are taking action in a number of ways, including removing the need for a university degree from all our jobs, offering paid work experience placements and training colleagues on inclusive language and allyship in the workplace. Through our WriteNow programme we are also working with regional writer development agencies to find, mentor and publish talented new writers from under-represented communities across the country.
To understand whether our actions are making a difference we need to have a measurable way of tracking our progress – which is why we are asking authors and illustrators for personal information including their gender, ethnicity and sexuality.
You can read more about our inclusion strategy and progress here.