Changing The Story

Our ambition is for our team, our publishing and our authors to be fully reflective of the society we live in. Across Hachette, we actively seek different voices, perspectives and ideas. A commitment which sits at the heart of our diversity and inclusion programme, Changing the Story; one of the four pillars of our business strategy. Go to Hachette’s website to find out more about our work across the business.

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Just some of the things that Changing the Story means to us.

Employee Networks

Our 12 employee networks are people-led, voluntary and open to everyone who works here. Together, their mission is to foster communities of inclusion and belonging through the creation of safe spaces for our people to share their realities, raise awareness and explore topics that matter to them.

Our networks work closely with our leadership and HR team, and their work is at the heart of our diversity and inclusion programme, Changing the Story. We welcome and encourage everyone who works here – as champions and allies – to join, participate and get involved with the networks to help create a vibrant and supportive culture for everyone.

Improving Representation

Hachette has been voluntarily publishing our ethnicity pay gap since 2019, a move which saw us Shortlisted and Highly Commended that same year in the Inclusive Workplace category at the Global Equality & Diversity (GED) Awards. At the time, we pledged a representation target of 15 per cent of the total group workforce for Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic talent within five years. And in that time, we’ve made significant progress. So much so that in 2021 we received the Inclusivity in Publishing Award from the London Book Fair International Excellence Awards. Check out our Ethnicity Pay Gap Reports to find out more.

Volunteering, Outreach and Partnerships

All Hachette staff are allowed time off to volunteer for charitable causes and community projects. Many staff choose to volunteer for Hachette initiatives including reading schemes in schools in underprivileged areas, mentoring students of various ages, and running workshops both in schools and at Carmelite House. We have a dedicated outreach group that works with schools, colleges and universities, and a number of partnerships with external organisations that help us achieve the aims of Changing the Story. These include the Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust, Inspire!, World Book Day and Samaritans.

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