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.
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."
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.
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,dialogueandthecharacters’emotionalarcs.Popular novellasbybestsellingYAauthors—including LainiTaylor,KamiGarciaandMargaret Stohlat launch—willbemadeavailableonHachette’sBooktrackpage beginningOctober4,withnewreleasestocome.
NEW YORK, NY (September 16, 2016)—Little, Brown Books for Young Readers announces the Little, Brown Emerging Artist Award. This initiative seeks promising new illustration talent and encourages the development of high-quality picture books that resonate with readers of diverse backgrounds and experiences. The program will also provide valuable mentorship by an acclaimed illustrator and children's book professionals.
New York, NY – September 20, 2016 Hachette Audio is proud to announce that seven of its audiobook titles are being honored by the Parents’ Choice Foundation this year. Winning titles included installments in beloved series and by bestselling authors, a story from an award-winning writer that tackles helping children understand 9/11, an audio experience that put the judges to sleep (deliberately), and a nonfiction title that makes learning history fun. These seven audio editions are based on books available in print and ebook formats from Little, Brown Books for Young Readers and JIMMY Patterson Books.
September 13, 2016, NEW YORK — Hachette Books announced today the acquisition of THE MOST BEAUTIFUL, an intimate memoir from legendary musician Prince’s first wife, Mayte Garcia. The book is slated for publication in April 2017, around the one-year anniversary of Prince’s death, and will be available in a hardcover, eBook, and as an audio edition by Hachette Audio. The book will be edited by Executive Editor Michelle Howry, who acquired world rights from Garcia’s agent, Jennifer Gates, of the Zachary Shuster Harmsworth Literary Agency.
In THE MOST BEAUTIFUL, Garcia, for the first time, shares the richly detailed and deeply personal story of her life and her relationship with Prince: from their unconventional meeting backstage at a concert (and the long-distance romance that followed), to their fairy-tale wedding (and their groundbreaking artistic partnership), to the devastating loss of their children that ultimately dissolved their romantic relationship for good. Through it all, they shared a partnership unlike any other in Prince’s life. No one else can tell this singular story or provide a deeper, more nuanced portrait of Prince, both the famously private man and the pioneering, beloved artist, than Mayte, who was with him during some of the most pivotal moments of his personal and professional life. THE MOST BEAUTIFUL (the title of which is inspired by Prince’s 1995 hit song “The Most Beautiful Girl in the World,” which celebrated their legendary love story) draws from never-before-seen letters, photos, and memorabilia.
New York, NY – August 24, 2016 The New York Times Bestseller NOFX: The Hepatitis Bathtub and Other Stories by NOFX with Jeff Alulis will soon be made available as an audiobook, both downloadable and on CD. Recounted by the men who lived the stories, with the ad-libs and extemporaneous in-studio updates to the print edition you’d expect from these performers, this one-of-a-kind audiobook also features original NOFX musical tracks and audio cameos by Jello Biafra and Tommy Chong.
In NOFX, current and former band members, along with writer Jeff Alulis, share the story of one of the world’s most influential and controversial punk bands from the inside: the pranks and drunkenness and fun alongside the horrors of murder, suicide, addiction, riots, and terminal illness.