Chairman and Chief Executive Officer,
Hachette Livre : a wolrdwide publishing groupwith multiple responsibilities
As the world’s third-largest trade consumer publishing group, Hachette Livre assumes and defends its central role of contributing to the world of education, culture and democracy. We have a number of responsibilities in this regard.
We firmly believe that diversity is a source of wealth and will continue with our initiatives in this area by diversifying our recruitment channels, by introducing our businesses to new audiences, letting new voices be heard and coming up with new formats to generate interest among new readers.
We also have a responsibility to the environment. In 2021, we were the first publishing group to carry out a Scope 3 carbon emissions assessment covering all our operations in France and worldwide, and to adopt a low-plastic strategy. We will continue in this vein in order to come up with more ecological development models.
Our third responsibility-but not the least-is to offer all our staff around the world a welcoming, stimulating and inclusive working environment. We attach particular importance to ensuring equal opportunities for men and women, disabled workers and those from diverse backgrounds, and are committed to rethinking how we are organised with the sharp rise in home working.
In parallel with these key focuses, which form the basis of our CSR efforts, we have set up the Hachette Foundation for reading to be able to launch and support various initiatives to encourage reading and writing.
At a time of ongoing consolidation within the publishing industry, I firmly believe that our ambitious CSR strategy is one of the strengths that will support the group in its continuing expansion.