Social Responsibility

Penguin Random House is committed to expanding our role as a cultural institution that serves society beyond the books we publish and investments we make in new ideas, creativity, and diverse voices, through our charitable donations and our leadership of numerous campaigns and initiatives worldwide that promote literacy and reading culture, support freedom of expression, and reflect our belief in the power of books to connect and change lives. Through this belief and commitment, we embrace the values of employees, authors and business partners and our responsibility to protect our local and global environments and strengthen our organizational sustainability.

People & Workplace

People are at the heart of what we do at Penguin Random House. We value the array of talents and perspectives that a diverse workforce brings and strive to provide relevant and significant development opportunities to our employees at all levels of the company. We work to proactively cultivate an inclusive work culture that values diversity in all its aspects. Penguin Random House promotes several employee networks where employees can interact and support each other within smaller groups and further develop professional skills. Through various corporate initiatives such as our Matching Gifts program and Volunteer Days, our employees have the opportunity to give back to the organizations and causes that mean the most to them individually.

Creativity & Culture

As the world’s first truly global consumer publishing company, Penguin Random House is committed to editorial excellence and long-term investment in creative and diverse content. With our broad range of more than 250 editorially independent publishing imprints, we provide readers with unparalleled literary choices. Penguin Random House works tirelessly to protect our authors’ intellectual freedom and properties, while giving them access to support and resources that help their works reach readers around the world. Additionally, we support legislation, initiatives, and organizations such as Poets & Writers and PEN that champion writing, freedom of expression, and cultural diversity.

As a company, we are continually investing in a myriad of voices that reflect wide ranges of viewpoints and opinions and impact our society in meaningful ways. We strive to ignite and broaden interest in reading culture and writing through a variety of partnerships and programs we manage and support. The Penguin Random House Foundation has awarded more than two million dollars in scholarships through its Creative Writing Award program for young writers since it was established in 1993, with separate, additional grants distributed through our newest Foundation program, the National Teacher Awards for Literacy.

We believe in the power of reading to connect and transform us in ways small and large, both transcending and uniting generations and cultures, enlarging our understanding of others and of ourselves, building empathy and expanding our imaginations.

Community & Giving

Penguin Random House actively supports many local and national organizations around the world that are aligned with its mission to foster a universal passion for reading. Whether it’s through supporting literacy- based organizations, providing volunteers, donating books or creating unique collaborations that benefit readers, we find ways to partner hand-in-hand with communities. For example, by working directly with literacy-focused organizations such as Read Ahead, Literacy Partners and Learning Leaders, we are able to help provide critical services to children and adults who struggle with basic literacy skills. We also support a variety of organizations and initiatives dedicated to promoting the importance of education and the benefits and joys of reading. Recently, Penguin Random House was integral in launching the first-ever National Readathon Day, when thousands of readers across America joined in a marathon reading session on January 24 to support the National Book Foundation. Our partnerships with First Book, Save the Children, and Worldreader and the millions of in-kind donations we make for children, adults and schools in our local business communities and in countries such as Bangladesh, Pakistan, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Philippines and Sub-Saharan Africa help get books into the hands of readers who otherwise may not be able to purchase or access them on their own. For more information on our giving programs and guidelines, email giving@penguinrandomhouse.com.

Environment & Sourcing

Penguin Random House is committed to responsible book publishing. Our Environmental Sourcing Policy illustrates how our values are put into practice. The policy covers the following topics:

  • Paper sourcing, both domestically and overseas
  • Sourcing from responsible vendors
  • Occupying environmentally friendly buildings
  • Transparency through communication and outreach

Click here for the complete policy. For more information, please email: environmental@penguinrandomhouse.com

Back to Top