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

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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.”

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%


(1) 4 million  (2) $9.6 million  (3) $531.971  (4) $2,638,500  (5) 95%  


Posted: February 12, 2018