Committed to ethical publishing


Reading creates a more inquisitive mind. So children as well as adults might have questions about how Egmont goes about its business. We’re happy to answer because those questions matter enormously to us too.

What’s your policy on paper and forestry?

We always know where the wood in our papers comes from. It never comes from wood in ancient and precious woodland. It always comes from an identified, researched and legal source, and we use only paper that’s given a positive grading by PREPS (Publishers’ Database for Responsible Environmental Paper Sourcing).

  • Egmont has always been a leader in the use of paper from sustainable sources
  • We developed the principles upon which PREPS was instigated including Egmont’s own paper grading system
  • FSC certified status since 2007
  • 40% of Egmont books are now FSC accredited
  • We work closely with all links in our supply chain, sharing ideas and information with environmental NGOs

What about workers’ rights?

Publishing is a global business and many of our suppliers are from less developed countries. We still insist that all our suppliers conform to our strict code of conduct. As members of PRELIMS, a group set up by publishers working in South East Asia, we have a robust system of social audits.

  • Egmont takes a leading role in working collaboratively with others to tackle ethical trading concerns, and is a founder member of PRELIMS
  • Our code of conduct insists on meeting legal criteria for ages of employment and wages
  • Strict rules on hours worked and safe conditions
  • Auditing of all factories to international standards
  • We won’t work with suppliers unless they meet our standards on these issues but we will work closely with them to help them get there

What’s your commitment to safety?

We produce only products that are safe for young people – from the very earliest age. Our standards are very high, our procedures rigorous in every detail of every product. So we have implemented new systems to meet existing legislation (and often to go beyond it). Other publishers are now joining the PIPS system, which was initiated by Egmont.

  • Ethical publishing principles are agreed at Board level
  • All products must be safe for imagined use as well as intended use
  • PIPS examines chemical components of all materials (such as varnishes, adhesives, inks) and finishes (foiling)

Ask us if you have specific questions and we will answer fully