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This site gathers examples of initiatives from publishers and their associations around the world who are playing their part in achieving  the Sustainable Development Goals. 
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Climate action

Book Chain Project

The Book Chain Project, since 2016 has aimed to build better supply chains for books and help publishers make informed buying decisions. The Component Chemical Screening program, for instance, enables print suppliers to submit exact chemical breakdowns of each book component that can then be screened and flagged to publishers in order to substitute any components of concern.

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Climate action

Climate Neutral Publisher Logo (klimaneutralerverlag.de)

The Holtzbrinck Publishing Group, including publishing houses Droemer Knaur, Kiepenheuer & Witsch, Rowohlt, S. Fisher and Argon, announced in the beginning of March 2020 that they are labelling their new books with a new green logo on climate neutrality, referring to the klimaneutralerverlag.de (climatneutralpubliser), and committing to climate neutral production and transparency in climate communication.

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Decent work and economic growth

Egmont Social Compliance Programme

In 2005, Egmont, a Danish publisher, implemented the Egmont Social Compliance Programme to ensure that all suppliers respect human rights and safeguard the salary conditions and safety of their workers. The programme includes, for instance, the mapping of manufacturers; their health and safety assessments, social audits, and their compliance to the Egmont code of conduct. The resulting information, along with a report of their CO2 emissions has been compiled into a report.

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Clean water and sanitation

RELX Environmental Challenge and Resource Centre

Every year since 2011, RELX – a global provider of information-based analytics – has granted the Environmental Challenge Award to projects that demonstrate how they can provide sustainable access to safe water and sanitation. These projects make a tangible difference in the lives of people around the world. The RELX SDG Resource Centre also provides access to academic research in the areas of science, law and business that helps to broaden understanding of the SDGs worldwide.

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Gender equality

PublisHer

PublisHer started as an informal group in 2018, when industry leaders Bodour Al Qasimi of the IPA and Maria Pallante of the Association of American Publishers launched a network to promote women’s role in shaping leadership in the publishing business. The group seeks to focus on how exclusion and gender bias affect women in their careers and impacts on content and diversity in books, and how diversity and inclusivity can be prioritized in the publishing industry.

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Good Health and well-being

Read The World

“Read The World” was launched as a response to the isolation imposed on children and young people during the coronavirus pandemic. The initiative provided a platform for much-loved children’s authors to read extracts of their books and promote the benefits of reading to younger generations.

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Quality education

The Literacy Project

The Publishers Association (UK) has, in collaboration with the Department for International
Trade, launched The Literacy Project. In this targeted and concentrated initiative, the goal is to match the assets of the publishing industry (people, authors and books) with organisations and local initiatives, in a bid to drive up low levels of literacy and facilitate social mobilisation in the country’s poorest communities.

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No poverty

The Pearson Affordable Learning Fund

The Pearson Affordable Learning Fund, launched July 2012, invests in companies that build solutions for affordable and high quality education services across Africa, Asia and Latin America. For instance, Pearson has made investments in some school groups that supply low cost schools for students in countries including Ghana, South Africa, Kenya and the Philippines. This will enable children to access education where it is not provided by local governments.

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Gender equality

Asian Festival of Children’s Content

AFCC is the leading festival in Asia focusing on children’s books and stories and young adult (YA) fiction. AFCC promotes the creation and appreciation of quality children’s literature and YA with a focus on Asian themes. Speakers at AFCC 2021 touched on diverse representation in books, translation, inclusivity and mental health for children.

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Clean water and sanitation

Plastic Free: The Inspiring Story of a Global Environmental Movement and Why It Matters

‘Plastic Free: The Inspiring Story of a Global Environmental Movement and Why It Matters’ by Rebecca Prince-Ruiz and Joanna Atherfold-Finn is published by NewSouth in Australia. It is printed and packaged without using plastic. Dry trap varnish is used on the cover rather than plastic lamination. The reverse side of the board, effectively the rough, uncoated side, gives the cover added texture. Metal straps are used to secure the book boxes on pallets. All plastic shrink-wrapping is avoided.

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Decent work and economic growth

Principles of Publishing

“Our Principles of Publishing” document prepared by TPA aims to support the publishing industry and its stakeholders to accept and apply the stated principles to achieve common nominators of more equal individuals and institutions in terms of race, color, ethnic origins, age, religion, beliefs, disability status, gender, sexual identity, and sexual orientation. It also sets the rules for professional conduct.

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Industry, innovation and infrastructure

Clean night delivery scheme

Within the Paris region, transportation by night in order to save costs, increase the productivity and have a positive impact on the environment by the use of silent and environment friendly vehicles.

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