Corporate Social Responsibility


Hachette Book Group, a leader in the publishing industry, believes strongly in the importance of engaging in sustainable business practices.  We have created standards of operation and put policies in place to help ensure the long-term wellbeing of the natural world and its resources, the continued growth of a literate community, and the strength of our company. To that end, we are pleased to share the details of our environmental policy and our philanthropic efforts, which you may read below. 


Hachette Book Group’s environmental policy demonstrates our commitment to the environment, to the responsible use of natural resources, and to sustainable business practice.  The company’s comprehensive environmental policy, launched in November 2009, includes progressive goals on recycled fiber use, greenhouse gas emissions, responsible paper sourcing, and a wide range of other initiatives. 

Policy Documents:

Click here to read HBG's current Environmental Policy
announced in December 2016 (covering goals from 2017-2020).

Progress Reports:

2015-16 HBG Green Progress Report
2014-15 HBG Green Progress Report

HBG Green Progress Report
HBG Green Progress Report 
2011 HBG Green Progress Report



Hachette Book Group supports organizations dedicated to promoting literacy and a love of books and reading.  We are wholeheartedly devoted to fostering a robust publishing industry, while also attending to the serious issue of illiteracy in this country.

At HBG, we focus our philanthropic efforts primarily on the following areas:

Trade organizations, which keep the book business healthy and reading central to our lives.

Literacy organizations, which help teach an invaluable skill.

Author assistance groups, giving authors in need the support to practice their craft.

First Amendment rights groups, which help protect free speech and expression here and around the world.

HBG authors’ causes and those championed by HBG staff are very important to us – this can range from a local library’s fundraiser to an author’s favorite worthy organization.

Cultural organizations that help spread the word about books and reading.

Book Donations – we donate more than 100,000 copies annually, from a single signed copy for a fundraiser to large quantities for a struggling school district or library system.

All requests for financial and book donations are handled by HBG’s Communications department. If you feel that your organization or cause is in line with our goals of supporting literacy and a love of reading, please send all requests to


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Gary Younge Named Winner of the 2017 J. Anthony Lucas Prize Project Award

Gary Younge, editor-at-large for the Guardian and an Alfred Knobler Fellow at the Nation Institute, has won for ANOTHER DAY IN THE DEATH OF AMERICA: A Chronicle of Ten Short Lives (Nation Books), which tells the stories of the lives of childrens and teens lost during a single day to gun violence. The judges called it "An...intimate, affecting and urgent portrait of ten young lives ended due to gun violence during a period of 24 hours in cities across America. Younge’s masterful reporting indelibly illustrates the, as Younge puts it, “collateral damage” of gun deaths happening every day “in a society where these deaths are uniquely possible and that has a political culture apparently uniquely incapable of creating a world in which they might be prevented.”

The J. Anthony Lukas Book Prize recognizes superb examples of nonfiction writing that exemplify the literary grace, the commitment to serious research, and the social concern that characterized the distinguished work of the award's namesake, J. Anthony Lukas. Judges: Charlie Conrad (chair), Nina Burleigh, Richard Joyce. 



March 29, 2017

Hachette Book Group and Novel Effect Launch Interactive Children's Picture Book Soundtracks


March 13, 2017 (SEATTLE, Washington) – Storytime App Novel Effect ( and Hachette Book Group ( have announced a pilot program to create immersive read-aloud experiences for select children’s books from HBG’s Little, Brown Books for Young Readers division. Interactive soundtracks, including custom theme music and sound effects, will be produced for these titles and distributed within the Novel Effect App, which is currently available free for iOS users. The initial launch will include four titles from bestselling LBYR authors, on March 13, and will be expanded through 2017.

March 15, 2017

Wattpad Audiobook Partnership to Launch Summer 2017

March 14, 2017 (New York, NY) - In a new partnership, global multiplatform entertainment company Wattpad has teamed up with leading publisher Hachette Book Group to bring Wattpad stories to life as audiobooks. Over the next year, Hachette Audio will produce 50 audiobooks based on Wattpad stories written by people from all over the world. Hachette Audiobooks: Powered by Wattpad will be available beginning summer 2017.

March 15, 2017