HarperCollins Publishers boasts the title of being the second largest book publisher in the world. With operations in 18 countries, about 10,000 new books each year, and the loyalty of historic writers like the Brontë sisters and Shel Silverstein, HarperCollins is no stranger to the public eye and recognizes the importance of acting responsibly as a corporation.
Amongst other philanthropic programs aimed toward literacy initiatives and community building, HarperCollins is also committed to reducing its carbon footprint with its intensive paper procurement policy and aggressive recycling practices.
As stated on their HarperGreen corporate responsibility website, the publisher “recognizes the importance of addressing its impact on climate change and is committed to taking significant steps to identify effective ways to decrease its energy use. [It is] continually working to reduce [its] environmental impact.”In an effort to maintain sustainable printing practices, HarperCollins authorized a process to secure Chain of Custody certification for its paper. This certification ensures that the paper is segregated from materials that do not meet the high standards of responsible forest management.
HarperCollins proudly excludes the following materials from its printed pages:
- Illegally harvested fiber
- Endangered and old growth forests
- Indonesian tropical rainforests
- Any contentious supplier or its affiliates
- Mixed tropical hardwood
- Acacia and Ramin trees
This commitment to environmental responsibility has not gone unnoticed by the sustainability community. In fact, HarperCollins UK Distribution Centre in Scotland has been a Zero Waste to Landfill site since 2015, and the Australian distribution center won the 2008 Southern Highlands Business Award for Excellence in Environmental Sustainability.
Alongside “unprecedented editorial excellence…and industry-leading insight into reader and consumer behavior,” HarperCollins also showcases an impressive commitment to being collectively responsible socially and environmentally.
With the global warming on the eve of a carbon crisis, it is imperative for other companies to follow suit.