Penguin people and businesses are active citizens of all the communities we operate in, and keen partners of other organisations which promote access to literacy. We give in a variety of ways across the company, including through in-kind support, such as staff time and book donations. Many of our people are involved in charity work and fundraising – we support their efforts wherever we can through matched fundraising and local volunteer programmes that encourage our people to give their time to community initiatives.
Through our local community activities, Penguin assumes responsibility for the impact of our business activities on the environment, consumers and employees.
Local Charitable Initiatives
We believe every child has the right to literacy and learning. We strongly support those charities who give disadvantaged children access to education, which they may not otherwise have.
Our decade-plus involvement with The Smith Family is just one example of our commitment to assist in providing every Australian child the opportunity to learn. The Smith Family mentoring programme supports secondary (web based) and tertiary (face to face) students with one-on-one mentoring from a Penguin employee.
We support the Indigenous Literacy Foundation which provides books and educational material to remote indigenous communities. Lack of literacy skills among Indigenous communities is a common and critical barrier to participating in activities that many of us take for granted. To help alleviate this literacy disadvantage, ILF works to provide access to books and literacy resources to over 200 remote Indigenous communities in Northern Territory, Queensland, Western Australia, South Australia and New South Wales.
Penguin also supports We Give Books, a Penguin Group–Pearson Foundation initiative.
Local Environmental Initiatives
Led by a Green Committee and supported by Green Champions in each office, our local environmental initiatives include:
- the Penguin Walk in Australia and New Zealand
- an ongoing partnership with Conservation Volunteers in Australia
- Earth Hour and Ride to Work Day