Corporate Social Responsibility

HBG 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. 

OUR ENVIRONMENTAL POLICY:

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

2013-14
HBG Green Progress Report
2012
HBG Green Progress Report 
2011 HBG Green Progress Report

 

OUR PHILANTHROPIC PROGRAMS:


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 donation.requests@hbgusa.com

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HBG Update on Environmental Progress for 2016

Hachette Book Group (HBG) is dedicated to protecting the environment and to the responsible use of natural resources. We are committed to publishing this annual report on our progress toward the goals laid out in our environmental policy.

To view HBG's environmental policy for 2017-2020 please visit our Corporate Social Responsibility page.

Reducing Climate Impacts
HBG pledged to reduce total greenhouse gas emissions linked to publishing operations by an average of 5% annually through 2015, for a cumulative 50% reduction in the six years since we established our policy. We achieved this 50% goal last year, and will continue to optimize wherever possible to reduce our carbon footprint, with an annual reduction goal of 2.5% for the 2017–2020 period. We will share 2016 carbon footprint results when those figures are available in March 2017.

Increasing Certified and Recycled Fiber
We achieved our goal to have 90% of the company’s paper be FSC (Forest Stewardship Certified) by the end of 2015. Through October 2016, our FSC usage was 88.8% (a 3% improvement over prior year). HBG’s SFI (Sustainable Forestry Initiative) usage was 11% (down 3% from prior year). Combining FSC and SFI, 99.9% of HBG’s overall paper usage in 2016 came from certified fiber, on par with last year.

We have an aggressive target for recycled fiber, with a goal of increasing recycled fiber to 20% of our overall paper use by 2016, from a 3% benchmark in 2008. To date, HBG’s recycled fiber was 8.9% of our overall paper usage, a slight decrease over the prior year. Despite serious challenges with sourcing of recycled fiber, including scarcity, low quality, and high cost, we continue to push for improvements in recycled usage.

Fiber Testing
HBG began fiber testing in the second half of 2016. We will continue to test semiannually and will share results in our annual environmental reporting.

Protecting Endangered Forests
Our goal in this area is to continue HBG’s diligent oversight of our supply chain to ensure that we avoid using any controversial sources of paper fiber, and require our paper to be free of unacceptable sources as defined by FSC’s controlled wood standard. We regularly discuss paper sourcing with our suppliers and remind them of their strict adherence to HBG’s paper and environmental standards.

Monitoring and Reporting
HBG’s environmental initiatives span many different areas, including paper sourcing, office recycling, energy usage, product transportation, and packaging. We are guided by our industry‐leading environmental policy, and our commitment to communicating consistently about our progress on our green goals.


Hachette Book Group CEO Michael Pietsch said, “We made encouraging progress against our environmental targets in 2016, and we also began fiber testing this year to ensure that our supply chain is adhering to HBG’s green policy.  Our new goals for 2017-2020 will keep us focused on continued improvement, with particular emphasis on production, paper sourcing, and energy efficiency in our facilities. HBG’s green efforts have dovetailed nicely with those of our parent company Hachette Livre, which holds social and environmental responsibility as one of its core values."  

Dec. 20, 2016

National Parenting Publications Awards Announce Audiobook Winners

New York, NY – November 30, 2016 Eleven audiobooks published by Hachette Audio have been recognized for excellence by the National Parenting Publications Awards in 2016. These audio editions are adapted from books available in print and ebook formats from Little, Brown Books for Young Readers & JIMMY Patterson Books—Sherman Alexie, Cressida Cowell, James Patterson, and Jewell Parker Rhodes are among the honored Hachette Audio authors.    

Dec. 2, 2016

Hachette Audio and Booktrack Launch New Generation of Audiobooks

 

 

NEWYORK,NY(September22,2016)HachetteAudio,adivisionofHachetteBook Group,andliterarytechnologypioneerBooktracklauncha new generationof audiobookswithanindustry-firstpartnership,bringingfull soundtracksto youngadultnovellas.ThiscollaborationoffersYAlistenersan innovativenewwayto experience  their  favorite  stories  through  immersive,  synchronized  movie-style soundtrackscomplementingthenarrationofexistingaudiobooks;thetempoandrhythm of thescoreharmonizewithaction,dialogueandthecharactersemotionalarcs.Popular novellasbybestsellingYAauthorsincluding  LainiTaylor,KamiGarciaandMargaret Stohlat launchwillbemadeavailableonHachettesBooktrackpage beginningOctober4,withnewreleasestocome.

Sept. 28, 2016