Sustainability

Thinking and acting for the planet underpins all our work

Every individual, company and organisation must consider the role they have to play in combating the climate emergency. 

As a publisher, our most important role is through the books we publish and their power to change minds and behaviour. Alongside our role as a publisher, it's also vital that we consider how we can innovate and improve to reduce the environmental impact of our own operations.

We are also founding members of Publishing Declares, committing to industry-wide collaboration on climate action.

100% of paper sustainably sourced, Climate neutral by 2030, 47% reduction in plastic

Read our latest Sustainability Impact Report

How we're taking action

To reduce our own environmental impact, from forest to bookshop, we have three key commitments:

Journey to zero

We are already climate neutral in our direct operations, and will be climate neutral in our global value chain by 2030.

Our most significant carbon footprint lies in our global value chain, in particular because of the energy intensive production process required to make paper in a paper mill. You can read a detailed breakdown of our carbon footprint here.

Sustainable sourcing

We will ensure 100% of our paper and other core materials are ethically and sustainably sourced.

100% of the paper we use to make our books is Forest Stewardship Council™ (FSC™) certified - the hallmark of excellence in sustainable paper sourcing. 

FSC™ is the only wood certification scheme endorsed by WWF, Greenpeace and the Woodland Trust. Certified forests must meet a range of best-in-class standards, ensuring harvested trees are replanted or allowed to regenerate naturally. FSC™ also safeguards forest biodiversity and local communities. 

Content

We will use the power of our brand, books and authors to amplify the climate emergency and encourage positive behaviour change.

We have a proud history of publishing vital and wide-ranging content in this space, from globally renowned thinkers like Naomi Klein and David Wallace-Wells, to books which help people make practical changes in everyday life. More recently we have established a dedicated environmental publishing imprint with David Attenborough, Witness Books.

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Related codes and policies

Sustainability Policy

Modern Slavery Statement

Sustainable Sourcing Policy

Carbon Footprint

Code of Conduct

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