Sustainability

Encouraging a sustainability culture

We want to engage and educate colleagues to be more climate literate, empowering them to make decisions, in and out of work, that promote environmentally friendly practices and support the journey to a low carbon world.

In collaboration with Bloomsbury’s independent pension scheme advisor, Champain, we designed a session, which ran just after year end, inviting UK staff to look at different options for investing in greener and more sustainable pension funds. We wanted to demystify how the funds work, how they are made up and explain how terms such as “sustainable” “responsible” and “ethical” are used when it comes to investing. The aim of the session was to inform staff how they can control the way their pension funds are invested and how this might impact their return.

Following the presentation, staff were offered a 1:1 session to discuss their individual pension options. We had an overwhelming response from staff with approximately 120 staff attending the live webinar.

As a result of this session, we are looking into providing a ‘pure green’ alternative to the default pension fund available to Bloomsbury staff in the UK.

Sustainability partnerships

Woodland Trust

Alongside wider goals to measure and reduce our carbon emissions, in 2021/2022 Bloomsbury made a donation of £19,200 to The Woodland Trust to sponsor a oneacre grove at the Young People’s Forest, near Heanor, in Derbyshire, which contains around 750 newly planted trees. The donation supports ongoing care and management of the trees to ensure they grow into maturity enabling them to provide shelter and food for wildlife. The donation also supports the wider project to engage young people to learn about nature. In addition to donating funds, we are collaborating with the Woodland Trust on a range of events and workshops, bringing together authors and young people who use the woods. The aim of this work will encourage access to wildlife as well as writing and literature.

Reforest’Action

Bloomsbury has also sponsored the preservation of over 8,000 trees in 2021/2022 through a donation of £9,998 to Reforest’Action. All members of staff across Bloomsbury’s global offices have been given a code to plant eight trees each via the Reforest’Action projects Bloomsbury are sponsoring. Countries in which Bloomsbury has supported tree-planting include:

Brazil

2,000

trees planted

Project:

Development of fruit forests
in the Amazon rainforest
 

Involving traditional populations of protected reserves in the creation of fruit forests by guaranteeing them access to these resources.

The project aims to recreate forest ecosystems and support increased biodiversity. Planted in formerly deforested areas, the trees help restore the Amazon rainforest cover and provide fruit to alleviate food scarcity for traditional populations. They also serve to increase the volume of water in the surrounding rivers, thanks to a better supply of groundwaters provided by the organic activity of the forest soil.

India

4,000

trees planted

Project:

Restoring forests in the
Eastern Himalayas and
developing agroforestry

Restoring the forests of the State of Assam, in the Eastern Himalayas, and developing agroforestry to sustainable agricultural solutions for their cotton and tea crops.

The trees will enrich the soil, recharge the aquifers, and protect the crops from too much sun. Harvests will improve over the years. Restoration of forests will preserve and develop biodiversity and help alleviate food scarcity. Local people are trained in the benefits of agroforestry and the long-term maintenance of the planted trees. Through forest restoration-linked incomes, communities are better able to access universal basic assets such as ealthcare and education.

South Africa

2,000

trees planted

Project:

Reforestation of
degraded pastures
 

Restoring ecosystems by planting more than 500,000 seeds of Spekboom, a local species which is essential to the ecological functioning of the region.

The planted trees will help the fight against global warming on a global scale by storing carbon in the form of wood, and on a local scale by humidifying the atmosphere. On average, Spekboom stores more CO2 than dryland species. They will host a large but environment specific flora and fauna biodiversity, including a population of elephants living in the project area. The forest help will restore arable land and protect the surrounding areas from natural hazards as well as help to regulate the rainwater cycle.

2021/2022 Environmental performance

We report on our greenhouse gas emissions as required by the Companies Act 2006 (Strategic Report and Directors’ Report) Regulations 2013. We also report on our greenhouse gas emissions, waste production and water consumption in alignment with the 2006 Government Guidelines; Environmental Key Performance Indicators: Reporting Guidelines for UK Businesses. In respect of greenhouse gases, we report in respect of stationary fuel use (onsite consumption of natural gas and diesel), vehicle fuel use, refrigerant use and electricity use in kWh, converted to CO2e following the protocols provided by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural affairs (“DEFRA”). Emissions have been categorised against the Greenhouse Gas Protocol scopes of reporting. The analysis of the Group’s emissions, together with waste production and water consumption, is performed by an independent external advisor, Trucost, based on data we have provided, including utility bills, vehicle fuel data, and expenditure on business travel. 

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