Hachette Livre, as a global company, considers social and environmental responsibility one of its core values.
We have an overarching commitment to:
- Improve our environmental performance
- Reduce our carbon footprint
- Make responsible use of natural resources
- Eliminate any negative impact of our actions on endangered forests.
This will be achieved by:
- Measuring and analyzing our carbon footprint on a regular basis, in the most unbiased way, with the best tools available
- Reporting on our performance
- Identifying the elements of our activity that need correcting or improving
- Acting decisively on each and every one of those activities
- Making sure, with whatever means available, that we are sourcing our products from suppliers who share our philosophy
- Increasing our recycled and certified paper content with a preference for PEFC or, better still, FSC
- Raising the environmental awareness of our publishers
- Raising the environmental awareness of retailers and consumers
- Sharing our findings and expertise with other companies in the industry
- Improving our processes on an ongoing basis in order to make them more environmentally friendly
Each of our national subsidiaries defines its own environment policy and sets objectives depending on the country in which it is based. Therefore, in terms of the global objective to limit the carbon footprint: - Hachette Livre was the first publisher in France to commit to a three-year carbon footprint analysis (scope 3). Changes made to the production, circulation and distribution phases on the heels of the first assessment in 2009 have resulted in a 16% reduction in CO2 emissions over three years for each book published by the Group in France. The latest carbon footprint assessment, conducted from November 2015 through February 2016, revealed a further 10% reduction in emissions since 2012.
In 2012, Hachette Livre introduced the carbon labeling of books published by the Group’s imprints in France, informing readers of the carbon footprint of the book they hold in their hands.
In 2015, Hachette Book Group reached its carbon footprint target (50% reduction over five years), surpassed its certified paper usage goal, with 99.7% certified fiber in its books, had an increase in recycled fiber usage (to 10.5% of overall paper use), and reduced energy consumption by 70% in its New York headquarters. HBG continues to closely monitor paper suppliers to ensure that their pulp isn’t sourced from endangered forests.
In 2014, 80% of the books published by Hachette UK’s trade publishing companies and 66.5% of Hachette UK’s total output were printed on FSC-certified paper. We aim to print 80% of total output on FCS-certified paper by 2019.