Social and environmental responsibility

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

Conscious of our social and environmental responsibility, we are committed to using natural resources responsibly, taking steps to reduce our carbon footprint and ensure that our activities do not have a negative impact on threatened forests.

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Letter from Arnaud Nourry, Chairman and CEO of Hachette Livre, to Richard Garneau, President and Chief Executive Officer of Resolute Forest Products.

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Hachette Livre’s carbon footprint in France (overview)

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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. Hachette UK’s warehouses recycle over 90% of their waste.


Hachette Livre’s social responsibility initiatives

Diversity is part of our identity and one of our key assets. Welcoming disabled citizens to our workforce is one of the ways we live up to that credo. We need to foster and encourage such efforts across the organization in order to protect our ability to hire the expertise and talent our business requires. Sometimes a little imagination – another of our key assets – goes a long way to achieving such an objective. For instance, in France, Hachette Livre has established in 2015 a project meant to secure the jobs of disabled workers and help disabled newcomers feel at home in their new environment.

In 2016, Hachette UK announced a wide range of initiatives aimed at increasing diversity both at Hachette and in the wider publishing industry, under the heading Changing the Story. These have so far included paid internships and work experience schemes, a partnership with Rare Recruitment on internships aimed at BAME (British Black Asian and Minority Ethnic) candidates, a mentoring scheme for younger members of staff from backgrounds currently underrepresented on Hachette UK’s board, a programme of volunteering and outreach to schools and colleges, and a new programme of events to promote diversity in publishing. All of these initiatives will role out more widely in 2017.

At Hachette Book Group, diversity is a business element that extends to talent acquisition, its books and authors, and its marketing initiatives aimed at cultivating a broad array of readers.  HBG’s Diversity Committee spearheads initiatives to keep diversity at the forefront, and specifically, to highlight the diversity of HBG’s publishing program. One initiative is Read Different, launched in 2016.  The mission of the Read Different program is to promote acceptance, education, and open dialogue through books with diverse authors, diverse characters, and diverse messages. At the annual Read Different event in April, each publishing group presents an array of diverse books available to staff.  In addition, the company partners with associations that promote diversity in the book publishing industry, such as We Need Diverse Books, The Children’s Book Council and the Association of American Publishers.  Philanthropic efforts also reflect HBG’s commitment to diversity, through donations to organizations such as the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre, the Sac and Fox Nation of Oklahoma, the #1000BlackGirlBooks campaign, and the National Book Foundation’s BookUP LGBTQ.