social responsibility

Penguin Random House: A Story of Shared Values – Our Vision for 2020

Today, we complete our eight-part Social Impact Highlights Summary  series by highlighting our vision for 2020.

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Penguin Random House: A Story of Shared Values – Environment & Sourcing

This eight-part series highlights individual sections from our first-ever Social Impact Highlights Summary. Today’s installment features environment and sourcing.

We are constantly inspired to do more with less. We are dedicated to the practices of responsible book publishing, and our policy on environmental sourcing highlights our values and actions on conservation and sustainability. We are proactive in minimizing the energy consumption in our offices and facilities by adopting cleaner energy sources, and it shows.

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Conservation & Sustainability

Along with reduction of resources, we are engaged in efforts to help protect the planet and its future. We contribute to causes that preserve wildlife and improve the air we breathe, and we express unwavering support on global and pressing issues such as the Paris Agreement.

Penguin Random House: A Story of Shared Values – Creativity & Culture

This eight-part series highlights individual sections from our first-ever Social Impact Highlights Summary. Today’s installment features creativity and culture.

Creativity often equals choices. As a company, we foster the development of a wide range of viewpoints in the writers we publish and the stories they share around the world. We broaden the creative spectrum through our partnerships and programs that discover new authors and connect books to new places.

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Engaging people with the art of storytelling is central to our Social Responsibility goals. We champion editorial independence and advocate for the freedom of expression in the child we mentor, the authors we honor and the illustrators we inspire. Please click on image to enlarge it

Creativity & the Arts

At Penguin Random House, we are passionate about fostering the freedom to create for our authors and aspiring writers. We are committed to the development of new literary talent and of stories that celebrate diversity, push boundaries and speak from the heart.  

Penguin Random House: A Story of Shared Values – People & Community

This eight-part series highlights individual sections from our first-ever Social Impact Highlights SummaryToday’s installment features people and community. 

People are at the heart of what we do at Penguin Random House. From our employees to our booksellers and ultimately our readers, we believe in the power of reading— and how just one story can change a perspective for a lifetime, enriching ourselves and our global community in ways we never could have imagined.

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Our Drive to Help

At Penguin Random House, community involvement is not a side story. We volunteer to support and fundraise for organizations around the world that are aligned with our mission to foster a universal passion for reading.  

Penguin Random House: A Story of Shared Values – Literacy & Education

This eight-part series highlights individual sections from our first-ever Social Impact Highlights SummaryToday’s installment features literacy and education.

The power of reading and writing knows no bounds. The ability to read and write is key to unlocking a new perspective and a greater awareness of not only the world outside but also the one within. It is the starting point in both transcending and uniting generations and cultures, building empathy and expanding the imagination.

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We strive to recognize educators across our territories who nurture the next generation of readers and writers.  Please click on image to enlarge it

Access to Books

At the forefront of our objectives in social responsibility are programs offering books to people in communities where few are available. Each year we contribute millions of our books, which serve as an invaluable resource to schools and programs worldwide.  
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Penguin Random House: A Story of Shared Values – Inclusion

This eight-part series highlights individual sections from our first-ever Social Impact Highlights SummaryToday’s installment features inclusion and diversity.

Authors and books have never been more important in our championing of diverse voices in our culture, as well as an inspiration in our workplace. We are committed to strengthening and promoting equality, diversity and social inclusion through our company and among our shareholders, and by partnering with organizations that share our commitment.

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Embracing Diversity

Penguin Random House Embraces the diversity of our authors and employees and, though various initiatives in and out of the office, we strive to create an environment of belonging and respect for all.    

Penguin Random House: A Story of Shared Values – Freedom of Speech & Expression

This eight-part series highlights individual sections from our first-ever Social Impact Highlights SummaryToday’s installment features freedom of speech and expression.

The right to freedom of expression and the protection of writers against censorship and unjust persecution are indispensable to the development of society and culture. We are unwavering in our support of writers who seek out truth in their stories and stand with organizations that share in our commitment and devotion to free speech as a fundamental right. Please read on to learn about some of our initiatives to support Freedom of Speech & Expression.

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Penguin Random House: A Story of Shared Values – Take Our Quiz

Last December, our CEO Markus Dohle shared Penguin Random House’s first-ever Social Impact Highlights Summary as part of his year-end letter. As Markus wrote, the summary “showcases how our company operates responsibly and complements our publishing efforts by going beyond the day-to-day activities of the business to give back to our communities, both locally and globally, across our territories.”

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In this 8-part series, which will run over the next two weeks, we will highlight individual sections from the summary. We’d like to kick off the series with a short quiz: How big is our global and nationwide impact?  The answers will be revealed at the bottom of the post. Each year, we contribute millions of our books to national and international key partners like First Book, Worldreader, and Save the Children, as well as community focused organizations like Books For Babies, Read Ahead, and Mighty Writers. In 2017, First Book alone received more than 2 million books for low income children and delivered those books to their communities, schools and libraries, and areas affected by natural disasters.   1. Approximately, how many physical and digital books did Penguin Random House donate globally in 2017?
  • 6 million
  • 3 million
  • 4 million
  Given our scale and network of resources, we have the extraordinary opportunity to contribute and commit to projects and partnerships that have a meaningful and lasting impact beyond the books we publish. While this dollar amount is worldwide, our Social Responsibility initiatives are local and community-focused. 2. What was the dollar amount of our total charitable giving in 2017 worldwide?
  • $6.8 million
  • $9.6 million
  • $11.4 million
  Institutions such as the American Cancer Society, PEN America, American Civil Liberties Union, American Red Cross, and Village Health Works were among the most popular organizations our employees supported. 3. How much money did employees in the U.S. donate using our Matching Gift program last year?
  • $350.880
  • $492.370
  • $531.971
  This Penguin Random House Foundation signature program gave out over 1,570 awards to public high school students and conducted more than 500 “Write Now” classroom workshops. Looking for writing with a strong, clear voice, by young writers who are daring, original, and unafraid to take risks, this program focuses on Title 1 schools in New York City’s five boroughs. 4. How much money did our company donate to scholarships as part of our Creative Writing Awards since its inception in 1994?
  • $2,100,300
  • $2,638,500
  • $5,800,900
  Dedicated to the practices of responsible book publishing, we are committed to source 100% of the paper we use worldwide from a certified major international paper certification system by 2020. 5. What percent of the paper we purchase derives from one of the major international paper certification systems?
  • 65%
  • 87%
  • 95%
  Answers: (1) 4 million  (2) $9.6 million  (3) $531.971  (4) $2,638,500  (5) 95%    

Blog from Markus Dohle: Our Social Impact This Year

Dear Colleagues,

As 2017 comes to a close, I have been reflecting on our role and responsibility as publishers. In today’s divided world, books matter more than ever. Books, we know, have the power to connect and transform us. As a global community of book lovers, we are passionate about making a positive difference in the world. And I believe we do: with our publishing and through our corporate citizenship. Both drive the social impact we have as Penguin Random House. Today, I am pleased to be writing to share our first-ever Social Impact Highlights Summary, which showcases how our company operates responsibly and complements our publishing efforts by going beyond the day-to-day activities of the business to give back to our communities, both locally and globally, across our territories.

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One of my strongest convictions is that our social responsibility efforts are essential to who we are and what we do as Penguin Random House. From championing freedom of expression and creativity, to promoting diversity and inclusion, to reducing our carbon footprint, we have set forth a number of 2020 Commitments that we are working hard to achieve through in-house initiatives and programs and through our partnerships with local and global nonprofit organizations. You’ll see some of these featured in our Highlights Summary. This good work, coupled with the brilliant books we publish every day, has ensured our meaningful and positive social impact in the world. Thank you for connecting our books with readers who learn from them, escape with them, and cherish them like we do. And thank you for embracing our collective responsibility to defend free speech, lift up marginalized voices, protect our earth, and help those in need. I am very proud of what we have accomplished together thus far, and am excited about our potential to do even more in 2018. I wish you a peaceful, relaxing, and enjoyable year-end break with your friends and family. Happy Reading,          

#GiveABook 2017 is Here: Giving Readers the Power to Support Disaster Relief & Local Communities Nationwide

We are thrilled to announce the launch of the fourth annual #GiveaBook on Giving Tuesday campaign, giving readers across the country the power to give back and donate Penguin Random House books to students and educators in their local communities and to support disaster relief efforts in impacted communities nationwide.

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We've donated more than 185,000 books to children in need across the country through our #GiveaBook holiday season campaign since its inception in 2014. This year, we are donating an additional 50,000 books to First Book, a nonprofit social enterprise that provides new books and educational resources to children from low-income families. We’re giving you the chance to decide where up to 5 of these 50,000 books will go. To claim yours, visit our campaign site and choose your state - help those closest to you by selecting your home state, or help support disaster relief efforts by choosing those states with impacted communities. Thank you for joining us in celebrating the power of books and reading this holiday season, and helping to create our next generation of readers. Stay tuned to Igloo for more updates and be sure to #GiveaBook and give back.