Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI): Hachette Book Group increases its initiatives
Representing diverse voices in all aspects of our business is fundamental for Hachette Book Group (HBG).
Our DEI (Diversity, Equity & Inclusion) efforts and improvements are focused on several key areas:
- continuation by HBG’s leadership team of initiatives that eliminate inequities and reduce barriers to inclusion such as implementing policies for attracting and retaining diverse talent (particularly at senior levels) and promoting a culture of inclusion and belonging with manager trainings and workshops;
- increase in the diversity of our staff of 7.9% in 2021 compared to the first three quarters of 2020, and broadening of our recruitment pool so that candidates of colour have greater access to our job offers;
- implementation of a Respect and Inclusion policy outlining our commitment to mental health, and adoption of a Gender Transition Policy explaining how we support and work with our employees who are transitioning their gender; promotion of a more equitable and inclusive workplace culture at HBG thanks to a new Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Advisory Board, made up of employees across all locations and levels;
- completion of an annual audit of our acquisition metrics as part of our drive to ensure broad representation of authors and illustrators in our publications: 7% increase in acquisitions of titles by BIPOC creators (Black, Indigenous and People of Colour) who joined HBG in 2020;
- launch of partnerships with four literacy organisations in 2022 to extend our philanthropic support to a broader community of writers and publishing professionals who identify as LGBTQIA+, Native American, People of Colour, various gender diversities, people with disabilities and other underrepresented populations.