Vision for Literacy Business Pledge

Egmont proudly joined the national literacy campaign when it began 2 years ago and are continuing our support into 2018. We are proud to have signed the Vision for Literacy Business Pledge 2018.

Research for Read On. Get On. estimated that if every child left primary school with the reading skills they need, our economy could grow by more than £30 billion by 2025i. As the UK prepares to leave the European Union, these skills will become more important as we forge new economic alliances in a competitive global market.

It is also an issue of social justice. Despite 20 years of government efforts to improve social mobility in England, the Social Mobility Commission recently highlighted the significant achievement gap between our country’s richest and poorest children.ii At the current rate of progress it will take 15 years before all children are school ready by the age of five, and it will take a staggering 40 years before the attainment gap between the rich and poor at that age is closed.

Now in its third year, the Vision for Literacy Business Pledge calls on the UK business community to join the national literacy campaign and deliver tangible benefits to help close the literacy gap and boost social mobility. Launched by the National Literacy Forum, the Pledge has seen an increased business commitment to literacy over the past couple of years.

We pledge to elevate the literacy issue within our business and take practical action to close the literacy gap and create a fairer society by:

  • Engaging our employees in the literacy challenge
  • Supporting the drive to raise literacy levels in our local community
  • Contributing to the national campaign to raise literacy levels

You can find more information about the campaign on the Vision for Literacy Business Pledge 2018 website.

Egmont Foundation

Egmont distributes part of its profits to charitable activities through the Egmont Foundation. Proceeds from Egmont Publishing UK’s books and magazines support initiatives that generate positive change and value for children and young people at risk.

To date, over €356 million has been donated to children’s charities.

Paper and Forestry

We always know where the wood in our paper comes from. It’s never taken from ancient and precious woodland. It always comes from an identified, researched and legal source, and we only use paper that’s been 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.
  • We share ideas and information with environmental NGOs (non-governmental organisations).
  • We work closely with all the links in our supply chain, paying particular attention to our print manufacturers to make sure that our strict sustainable paper requirements are fully explained, understood and followed.

Workers’ Rights

Publishing is a global business and we use suppliers located in many different regions of the world. To help us choose suppliers who treat their workers with the respect they deserve we insist that they conform to our ethical code of conduct.

This code of conduct has strict rules including the minimum age of employment, wages, hours worked and safe factory conditions.

We subscribe to a robust system of social audits to help us check that our suppliers meet our ethical standards and we work closely with them to make sure they carry out any necessary improvements.

Commitment to Safety

We only produce products that are safe for young people – from the very earliest age. Our standards are very high and our procedures are rigorous in every detail of every product.

We have a dedicated product safety team who work with our creative departments to make sure safety considerations are part of every stage of product development.

We have two crucial long-term policies: we never hide behind safety warnings and we design products for foreseeable as well as intended use. Both policies have become enshrined in EU legislation.

Our ethical publishing principles are agreed at Board level. Please get in touch with us if you have any questions about our approach.

UK Modern Slavery Act

The Egmont Code of Conduct (CoC), together with applicable policies, is the backbone of Egmont’s work with human rights and labour rights. The Egmont CoC operates through The Egmont Social Compliance Programme through a focus on responsible supply chain management. The work rests on due diligence processes and analyses of risks in sourcing countries. Egmont operates with three risk groups:

Group 1: Suppliers are audited every 12 months
Group 2: Suppliers are audited every 12-24 months
Group 3: Suppliers are audited ad hoc

Egmont requires social audits based on the risk matrix at first-tier/core manufacturers and applicable subcontractors around the world and only accepts Egmont audits or third-party social audits that are on par with the Egmont Social Compliance Programme.

Egmont has procedures in place if it experiences or is made aware of instances of forced/bonded labour, slavery or human trafficking, and will engage immediately and take appropriate action. Egmont’s risk analyses of modern slavery in the supply chain are based on several acknowledged, international tools and analyses, and Egmont seeks to evaluate these on an ongoing basis.

Through due diligence processes and the Egmont Social Compliance Programme, Egmont strives to be aware of potential violations.

Egmont does not accept any form of modern slavery in Egmont nor in the supply chain.