OUP Publishes Its First Responsible Publishing Report

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Oxford, UK | May 9, 2022

The report outlines OUP’s intent to reduce its environmental impact and support its people and communities. It reflects on the progress made in 2021-2022 and outlines OUP’s commitments for the future, in line with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) Publishers Compact, of which OUP became a signatory last year. The Compact aims to inspire action among publishers to support the delivery of the UN’s 17 SDGs by 2030, and influence change by raising awareness of social and environmental issues.

As detailed in the report, OUP has set targets around operating responsibly, including 50% women in leadership positions by 2024 and improving ethnicity representation to mirror in-country demographics. In line with its sustainability strategy, OUP is aiming for 100% certified sustainable book paper by 2025; it has already achieved 75% for its top 27 strategic suppliers.

The report further details several initiatives undertaken by the organization to give back to the communities it serves in line with its educational and academic mission, either by donating money and resources, or through volunteering. During the financial year, OUP donated nearly 4,000 pieces of computing equipment and devices to Computer Aid, from printers to mobile phones, and continued its long-standing support of its charity partner Book Aid International. In 2021, the company helped Book Aid International send over 100,000 books to schools, libraries, hospitals, and universities across Africa, the Middle East and beyond, giving individuals in refugee camps, prisons, and hospitals access to valuable books.

Nigel Portwood, CEO of Oxford University Press said: “Our mission is to further the University’s objectives of excellence in research, scholarship, and education by publishing worldwide. We know the positive impact our products and services have on people all over the world, but equally recognize that as an organization with a global presence, we must operate consider our wider impact. This report highlights the steps we are taking to ensure we operate responsibly for our people, communities, and environment, while also capturing the progress we have made so far. We remain committed to extending our work in the future to help meet the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals and drive positive change in the publishing industry and beyond.’

Additional details may be found in the full text of the announcement