Bloomsbury is a leading independent publishing house. We are known worldwide as a home for award-winning authors and illustrators as well as our quality, diverse and creative publishing. We aim to bring that innovation to our sustainability efforts. We care about the planet and we know that the process of creating books is reliant on our natural resources. We are putting changes in place to become better at publishing sustainably.
We have set ourselves goals to reduce the environmental impact of our operations, to source our paper responsibly and to reduce our carbon emissions and have committed to setting Science Based Targets through the SBTi. We have mapped our footprint, across Scope 1, 2 and 3 emissions, to serve as a baseline for all future improvements. Our intention is to be carbon neutral. We are working on an appropriate timetable which we will announce in due course.
We believe in being open and honest in the way we do business throughout our supply chain and operating in a fair and sustainable way. The choices we make as a business impact the planet and we are dedicated to reducing the footprint we leave in
bringing books to today’s readers. We want to future-proof the Earth so tomorrow’s readers can enjoy it too.
FSC PAPER SOURCING
We believe in protecting the world’s forests and we are committed to ensuring the paper we use is responsibly sourced. A keystone of our global print purchasing strategy is the requirement for Forestry Stewardship Council (FSC) and the Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC) accreditation to act as a print supplier to Bloomsbury, and we direct the printers buying paper on our behalf to use FSC-accredited materials in the manufacture of our products. Where FSC-accredited materials are not available we specify alternatives from known and reputable sources. As a result, over 90% of our output is made from FSC-certified materials.
We work with independent advisors, Trucost, to monitor our impact on the environment. We map our carbon footprint across our operations and value chain (scope 1, 2 and 3 emissions). We aim to increase the accuracy with which we measure and report on our carbon emissions year on year by working closely with our suppliers and asking them to commit to greener ways of working. We have set reduction targets for our operational footprint (Scope 1 and 2) in line with Paris Agreement. We have committed to working with our suppliers and have set further targets to make emissions reductions across our supply chain. These targets, across Scope 1, 2 and 3, have been submitted to the SBTi for validation. We know we need to work together across all areas of the business to achieve our goals. We have set up a cross-functional Sustainability Steering Committee chaired by the Head of Sustainability with representatives from all relevant departments, including Production, Operations and Finance. This group works closely with the Executive Committee of Bloomsbury. The group’s aim is to drive our sustainable efforts across three areas of the business:
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Tree planting and biodiversity
Alongside wider goals to measure and reduce our carbon emissions, Bloomsbury has partnered with the Woodland Trust and during the year made a donation to sponsor a 1 acre grove at Langley Vale Wood in Epsom, Surrey, which contains around 750 newly planted trees. The donation encompasses ongoing care and management of the trees to ensure they grow into maturity enabling them to provide shelter and food for wildlife.
Bloomsbury has also sponsored the preservation of over 8900 trees in 2021 through a donation to Reforest’Action. All 725 members of staff across Bloomsbury’s global offices have been given a code to plant 10 trees via the Reforest’Action projects Bloomsbury is sponsoring in Guinea, Peru and Indonesia.
Bloomsbury is committed to achieving a carbon neutral world through the leveraged power it has to influence to the debate through the books it publishes. Our editorial policies ensure that we publish actively in this area. Titles published include: Tim Smedley’s Clearing The Air Mary Robinson’s Climate Justice, Jen Gale’s The Sustainable (ish) Living Guide, Al Gore’s ground breaking An Inconvenient Truth.
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Preliminary announcement for the year ended 28 February 2021