Sustainability

To make books, we need paper. To make paper, we need trees. Trees and forests cover almost a third of the world's surfaces. But we are losing them at a rapid rate.

Our sustainability pledges

Case studies

Going Green

We might be orange at heart, but green flows in our veins.

Green is our colleague-led initiative that aims to help us make small, manageable changes to our everyday working lives so we can collectively reduce our impact on the planet.

Launched in 2018, we’re focusing our efforts on reducing single-use plastic and printing in the office. Our tactics have included a call to arms to get colleagues to pledge to make a change; selling subsidised Penguin keep cups; and sharing monthly motivation through an e-newsletter.

Penguin branded Keepcups

Sourcing our paper sustainably

Wood is by its very nature a renewable resource. When forests are properly managed, harvesting timber can be an effective way of safeguarding forests for future generations. That’s important given that forests support up to 1.6 billion of some of the world’s poorest people, as well as countless plant and animal species. 98% of our paper is currently FSC™ (Forest Stewardship Council™) certified.

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.

For the second year running in 2017 WWF awarded us the highest possible score as part of their Timber Scorecard, which assesses the timber sourcing policies of companies across a range of industries.

FSC logo with the slogan "Forests for all forever"