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 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 territories defines its own environmental policy and sets objectives depending on the country in which it is based. They all contribute to the Group’s progress in limiting its overall carbon footprint. For example:
Hachette Livre was the first publisher in France to commit to a three-year Scope 3 carbon footprint analysis. 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 2016, Hachette Book Group used certified fiber (FSC plus SFI) in 99.9% of overall paper usage. HBG began fiber testing to ensure that their supply chain is adhering to the company’s environmental standards. HBG established new targets for 2017-2020 to stay focused on continuous improvement in areas of production, paper sourcing, and energy efficiency in their facilities.
In 2016, 96% of the books published by Hachette UK’s trade publishing companies and 77% of Hachette UK’s total output were printed on FSC-certified paper. It aims to print over 80% of its total output on FSC-certified paper by 2019. Hachette UK’s warehouses recycle over 90% of their waste. In 2017, Hachette UK was awarded three trees by the WWF (World Wildlife Fund).

Social responsibility

Diversity is part of our identity and one of our key assets. Welcoming citizens with disabilities 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 a project meant to secure the jobs of workers with disabilities and help newcomers with disabilities feel at home in their new environment.

In 2017, Hachette Livre and the selective, internationally recognized French university Sciences Po signed a sponsorship agreement to foster diversity and equal opportunities, through which Hachette Livre supports the university’s recruitment program aimed at talented, deserving students from underprivileged urban areas.


Hachette UK runs a wide range of initiatives aimed at increasing diversity both at Hachette and in the wider publishing industry, under the heading of 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 number of employee networks, a program of volunteering and outreach to schools and colleges, and a new program of events to promote diversity in publishing. A partnership focusing on school and college mentoring with the Stephen Lawrence Trust has been key to this initiative. In 2017, David Shelley was named in the Financial Times’ annual OUTstanding list of LGBT+ executives, following the previous CEO Tim Hely Hutchinson who was nominated the year before.
At Hachette Book Group, the Diversity Committee spearheads initiatives as the “Read Our World” program, which promotes acceptance, education, and open dialogue through books representing diversity. At the annual Read Our World event 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. Other initiatives also reflect HBG’s commitment to diversity, through donations to organizations such as the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, the Sac and Fox Nation of Oklahoma, the #1000BlackGirlBooks campaign, and the National Book Foundation’s BookUP LGBTQ.
Grupo Anaya is pursuing initiatives to promote access to reading and education for young people and disadvantaged populations. These include collaboration with the Blas Méndez Ponce foundation for children with cancer and the agreement with the Directorate of European Social Services of Castilla-León. In addition, efforts have been made to promote cultural and diversity activities in cooperation with various associations. In the last quarter of 2017, a project was launched in collaboration with the Madrid City Council to help young people develop skills and competencies.