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We are committed to conducting our business responsibly in all of our local communities.
Community engagement and educational charity work are an important part of our culture. Nearly 250 colleagues were involved during the year in a wide range of projects, with more than £51,000 in cash donated to good causes.
Some 44,000 books were given to diverse charities, including Book Aid International, which supports literacy and access to information across Africa, and Borderline Books, which helps groups across the UK working with refugees, women’s refuges, ex-offenders, prisoners and homeless people. Other recipients included Build on Books, boosting literacy through school outreach programmes in Sierra Leone; Happiness Again, supporting Syrian refugees in Jordan; and Pro Mundo – Projeto Cidadão do Mundo e Capao Redondo, which promotes equal opportunities and social integration in Brazil through volunteer English teaching.
For the second successive year our UK charity of the year was Centre 33, which helps young people across Cambridgeshire who face a variety of challenges. Our assistance has been focussed on their support for young carers – people under the age of 18 who have caring responsibilities for family members who are disabled, physically or mentally ill, or who have a substance misuse problem.
We raised nearly £29,000 for Centre 33 over our two years of partnership. Our staff also gave volunteering time and know-how. Our support enabled more than 200 young carers to enjoy respite days from their responsibilities, providing them with the opportunity to recharge, connect with other young carers and to enjoy being a child.
Beth Green, Executive Director of Centre 33, commented: ‘The commitment and passion from the Press team has been incredible. We feel having the opportunity to partner for two years has given time for both organisations to get to know each other, find the best ways to work and support each other, and to have a lasting impact.’
Colleagues in the UK continued to support local school students in a variety of ways, partnering with Form the Future, a social enterprise which connects students with business. Activities included one-to-one mentoring, holding enterprise days and conducting mock interviews to increase students’ confidence in preparing for life after school.
The Cambridge office celebrated World Book Day by opening its doors to 15-year-old students from local secondary schools so they could learn about publishing as a career. Colleagues conducted a ‘speed-networking’ style careers carousel, speaking about communications, design, editorial, legal, marketing, procurement, sales and technology.
Colleagues in the US launched a new community engagement programme, while in India we began a new partnership with Navjyoti India Foundation, established by Delhi police officers nearly 30 years ago to prevent crime through welfare work among street children and drug peddlers. It has grown into an organisation that helps whole communities through education and training. Our focus is on their young leadership programme.
The Delhi office also partnered with Nepal Remote Villages Trust by donating books to far-flung areas of Nepal where roads have been damaged by landslides.
In Indonesia, colleagues visited an orphanage near Jakarta and spoke about the need to protect the environment, spreading the message ‘Let’s Go Green: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle.’ In South Africa, we donated stationery and books to help school children whose shack houses were burnt to the ground in devastating wildfires in Hout Bay, near Cape Town.
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