Social Impact at Hachette Book Group

Social Impact at
Hachette Book Group

At Hachette Book Group, we believe strongly in sustainable business practices and doing our part to create a better world. Our standards and policies are intended to make us a diverse and inclusive company, to protect the natural world and promote the responsible use of its resources, and to support the growth of a literate community. Together with our employees and our external partners, HBG works constantly to advance these concerns through our Social Impact programs.

Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

Our Commitment to Diversity

As a leading book publisher, we believe that including and representing diverse voices in all aspects of our business is fundamental to what we do. Our staff and our publishing programs must reflect the broad range of backgrounds, experiences, and ideas that shape our society. We are committed to working together and with all our partners to foster diversity and a culture of inclusion, so that HBG can provide a truly welcoming and fulfilling environment for all employees and publish books that appeal to all readers.

Diversity Reports

At HBG we are committed to reporting publicly on our progress toward our DEI goals. You can read our updates here:

From the April 2024 update:
“HBG’s mission is to make it easy for everyone to discover new worlds of ideas, learning, entertainment, and opportunity. Changing the Story is a key strategic pillar supporting this mission, and it aims to align our publishing and organization with the diverse perspectives of the readers we serve; it is imperative that we publish for all, especially those historically underserved by the industry. Through superb leadership by Chief Diversity Officer Carrie Bloxson and collective effort across HBG, we made progress in 2023 and I’m proud of this growth. There is still a long journey ahead for our business but HBG’s commitment to this work is unwavering. We will do everything possible to realize this vision.” – CEO David Shelley

“In 2020, HBG committed to openly reporting on our efforts to address the critical diversity gap within our staff and publishing programs. Our annual reporting reflects our dedication and transparency in this mission. Enhancing representation in HBG’s leadership, workplaces, and publishing initiatives is paramount to fulfilling our Changing the Story goal of creating inclusive publishing that resonates with all readers and accurately reflects our diverse society. We remain deeply dedicated to this work as ever.” – VP and Chief Diversity Officer Carrie Bloxson

Graphic detailing HBG 2023 employee representation and acquisitions. HBG workforce, 63.2% White, 21.6% Hispanic/Latin X, 7.6% Asian, 4% Black, 3.5% two or more races. Senior manager director and above, 80.6% White, 5.2% Hispanic/Latin X, 9.7% Asian, 3.5% Black, 1% two or more races. New hires employees hired in 2022, 45.7% White, 34.6% Hispanic/Latin X, 6.9% Asian, 5.9% Black, 6.9% two or more races. Acquisitions. New to HBG, 68% White, 32% BIPOC. All Authors and Illustrators, 74% White, 26% BIPOC.

Hachette Partnerships

Our commitment to Changing the Story extends beyond our workplaces and publishing programs to our broader communities of writers, readers, and publishing professionals. Our partner’s goals align with ours – to make publishing more inclusive, more diverse and more accessible for all, while opening publishing up to a far broader array of talents, perspectives, backgrounds, and experiences.  Our aim is to work with each partner to help them drive meaningful impact within their organization and with the support of us at HBG. 

Recent and upcoming highlights:         
In February we had a standing room only (250+ ppl) Lunar New Year event to ring in the new year with our authors, with our new industry partner Kundiman, and the AAPI publishing and reader community. 

OutLEADERSHIP is an organization committed to making workspaces more inclusive for LGBTQIA+ identifying employees. Next month, HBG will co-sponsor OutLEADERSHIP’s first and only business summit in history dedicated to the trans community. 

In August HBG will be a key sponsor in supporting the National Book Club Conference, one of the largest conferences in the country for Black book clubs and books clubs of color (this year is NBCC’s 20th anniversary).

We are partnering with Latinx Kidlit Book Festival to fund and support 20 school visits (6 in person, 20 virtual) for this school year featuring HBG authors and illustrators across the US and Puerto Rico. Visits include a free classroom set of books for the participating schools. We are also working with LKBF on their first Latinx Storytellers conference in NYC for hundreds of Latinx children and adult book writers in September. 

Later in the Fall we’ll host a networking event with Literary Agents of Change, whose mission is  to dismantle the barriers to entry into a career as a literary agent for members of historically underrepresented groups. 

We continued our Associates Program with City College of NY in 2023 and welcomed our second CCNY Fellow to Hachette Book Group, a graduate of their Publishing Certificate Program.

Additional industry initiatives: fighting book bans and protecting freedom of expression
HBG plays an active role in industry campaigns that address book banning and protect freedom of expression through financial donations, via our work with organizations that support marginalized authors and freedom of speech, through social media amplification, and HBG author participation.  

Our Partners

LatinX Kidlit logo
Kundiman logo
We Need Diverse Books logo
The City College of New York logo
NBCC logo
Outleadership logo

Employee Resource Groups (ERGs)

HBG’s Employee Resource Groups form around a shared identity (ethnicity, race, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability status, etc.) and are a safe space for employees to connect with each other, speak freely and share experiences.

  • Asian and Pacific American
  • Black
  • Employees of Color
  • Employees with Disabilities
  • LGBTQIA+ & Trans and Gender Non-Conforming
  • Latinx
  • Non-Majority Religions
  • Women in Publishing
  • Parents and Caregivers

DEI Subcommittees: Specific diversity subcommittees focus on recruitment efforts, and creating a supportive and inclusive office culture.

Hachette Book Group’s Diversity Advisory Board

Hachette Book Group’s Diversity Advisory Board is a volunteer committee of employees across HBG, whose mission is to support and further HBG’s DEI initiatives in the following ways:

  • Advise and support the growth of innovative diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging initiatives to improve the company culture, community, and experience of working at HBG.
  • Develop an inclusive publishing environment by bringing together and retaining employees with different backgrounds, viewpoints, and experiences to best serve our readership.
  • Recommend the DE&I initiatives to address, track and prioritize to ensure we’re taking an inclusive approach.

Environmental Sustainability

Our Commitment to the Environment

Hachette Book Group’s environmental policy demonstrates our commitment to the environment, to the responsible use of natural resources, and to sustainable business practice. The company’s environmental policy includes progressive goals on recycled fiber use, greenhouse gas emissions, responsible paper sourcing, and other initiatives.

We are committed to transparency through reporting annually on our progress toward our environmental goals. You can read our most recent report here.


  • In 2022 and 2023, 99% of HBG’s overall paper usage came from FSC (Forest Stewardship Certified).
  • In that period, 100% of HBG’s overall paper usage came from FSC combined with SFI (Sustainable Forestry Initiative) fiber.
  • Recycled fiber represented 8.6% of our overall paper usage in 2022 and 5.2% in 2023. The primary cause for the decrease is the significant decline of recycled paper availability in 2023.
  • We remain committed to sourcing recycled papers when they are available in the marketplace and to push our suppliers to integrate recycled fiber into more paper products.
  • The most significant area for carbon impact for a book publisher is from paper – its manufacture and usage in the books we publish.
  • HBG is committed to transparency through our public annual reporting of progress on our environmental targets.
  • Rainforest Action Network ranked Hachette Book Group in the “Leader” category among publishers.

Charitable Giving & Community

Our Commitment to Charitable Giving and Community

HBG supports organizations dedicated to promoting literacy and a love of books and reading. We are wholeheartedly devoted to fostering a robust publishing industry, to attending to the serious issue of illiteracy in this country, to protecting freedom of expression, and to supporting efforts for equity and social justice.
We focus our philanthropic efforts primarily on the following areas: 

  • Trade organizations, which keep the book business healthy and reading central to our lives.
  • Literacy organizations, which help teach an invaluable skill.
  • Author assistance groups, giving authors in need the support to practice their craft.
  • First Amendment rights groups, which help protect free speech and expression here and around the world.
  • Equality and social justice organizations, to help create lasting change in our communities and our society.
  • HBG authors’ causes and those championed by HBG staff are very important to us – this can range from a local library’s fundraiser to an author’s favorite worthy organization.
  • Cultural organizations that help spread the word about books and reading.

Book Donations

We donate more than 100,000 copies annually, from a single signed copy for a fundraiser to large quantities for a struggling school district or library system. We focus on donating books to communities in need.

All requests for financial and book donations are handled by HBG’s Communications department. If you feel that your organization or cause is in line with our goals of supporting literacy and a love of reading, please send all requests to

Community Outreach 

Hachette Cares is a way for HBG to give back to the community by providing company sponsored volunteer activities, support for employee’s existing volunteer activities and time off from work to engage in those activities.
Hachette works with a wide array of organizations to provide volunteering opportunities. Some of those organizations are shown below:

Our Industry and Community Outreach Partners