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Pierre Leroy

Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Hachette Livre

Hachette Livre steps up its commitment to CSR

Fully aware of the needs of society, the climate emergency and its role as one of the world’s leading publishers, Hachette Livre continued to ramp up and structure its initiatives in 2022.

Under the aegis of the Lagardère group, the division carried out its first Scope 3 consolidated carbon footprint assessment worldwide, providing the basis for our 2030 low-carbon roadmap or “30/30 strategy”. Our aim is to reduce our Scope 1, 2 and 3 greenhouse gas emissions worldwide by 30% between now and 2030. Our main efforts relate to reducing overproduction using demand planning tools, and limiting the carbon intensity of our suppliers and cargo by adopting more stringent environmental selection criteria.

Alongside measures to reduce our carbon footprint, all our employees are fully involved and able to contribute to this collective effort, in particular by sharing best practices in terms of eco-design.

The 30/30 strategy forms part of a Hachette Livre’s more general strategy to support the energy transition, which includes a biodiversity plan and measures to reduce use of plastic.

In 2022, we also launched the Hachette Foundation for Reading. Following a successful initial call for projects, the Foundation has been able to support eight initiatives encouraging access to reading and fostering a love of reading among as many people as possible by donating sums of €30,000 to €100,000. The selected projects reflect our various commitments in terms of promoting reading, writing and the French language among all audiences, paying particular attention to young people and those excluded from reading. This launch also reflects Hachette Livre’s longstanding objective of allowing as many people as possible to access reading, education and knowledge.

Hachette Livre aims to reduce its Scope 1, 2 and 3 greenhouse gas emissions worldwide by 30% between now and 2030.”

Pierre Leroy