Inclusion and representation
As we plot a path to a fairer future, inclusion and representation must lie at the heart of all we do
Putting words into action
At-a-glance action plan for publishing lists
|Recent achievements:||What’s next:|
|Editorial inclusion training for all editorial staff||Offer practical support and encouragement to aspiring female novelists of all ages and backgrounds, from across the UK and Ireland as Royal Circle Patrons of the Women’s Prize for Fiction’s Discovery Programme|
|Launched a new business and smart-thinking imprint, Heligo Press||Create and share content to help demystify the publishing industry for new writers and illustrators|
|Partnered with pioneering new start-up Footnote Press||Wilbur Smith Unpublished prize to be relaunched with a focus on discovering new voices|
|Acquired Scottish independent publisher, Black & White Publishing, broadening our geographical reach||Broaden mentoring opportunities with Arts Emergency to include aspiring authors|
|Announced the launch of a new Irish imprint based in Dublin||Inclusion training for all sales, marketing and publicity teams|
At-a-glance action plan for workforce and candidate pool
|Recent achievements:||What’s next:|
|Introduced enhanced paternity leave policy for fathers||Equal family leave policy for all new parents, irrespective of gender, sexual orientation or how they became parents. Bonnier Books UK will now offer six months’ fully paid paternity leave|
|Increased salary levels for interns and increased minimum salaries for junior roles||Partner with schools to launch a work experience programme to support 16-18 years of students from disadvantaged socio-economic backgrounds|
|Launched @Inside_BBUK Instagram channel to help demystify the publishing||Launch annual sponsorship of a paid work experience programme, in partnership with BTSB, following the success of the Opening Doors partnership with OWN IT! and Reggie Nelson|
|Launched Opening Doors, a pioneering paid work experience opportunity in partnership with OWN IT! and Reggie Nelson||Continue to evolve our internship programme in partnership with Creative Access|
|Equality awareness training for all, including additional training for hiring managers||Broaden inclusion and equality awareness training for all to promote inclusion and belonging|
|Commissioned Submit to Love Studios to recreate a selection of the most iconic covers from across our lists, to reflect how important equality and belonging are at Bonnier Books UK. All six designs were sold as limited-edition prints with 100% of the proceeds going to Headway East London||Build on our recruitment strategies and policy: broaden knowledge of recruitment tools for inclusive language; continue to use positive action to address underrepresentation|
|Continued support of Words for Work, the National Literacy Trust’s flagship literacy and employability programme||Continue to broaden access and demystify publishing for candidates with the relaunch of the new Bonnier Books UK website careers pages, including promoting awareness of benefits and staff networks to encourage under-represented candidates|
Introduced an industry-leading policy to support employees through all types of pregnancy loss and formed a partnership with Tommy’s to provide parenting and pregnancy support and training for all staff. Recognised as Tommy’s Pregnancy and Parenting at Work Champion
Continue to expand our use of inclusive job boards
|Launch an interview shadowing programme to enable everyone the opportunity to develop interviewing skills and provide candidates with a broader and more insightful interview experience|
We’re proud to support a number of charities aligned to our values through book gifting, financial donations, and volunteering efforts. Find out more about our charity partners and our work together here.
At Bonnier Books UK, we believe that every book matters. As the only major publisher with a strong presence in mass-market and trade, we are unique in publishing for everyone. To make this a reality, we need a workforce that reflects the diversity of our audience.
We are committed to building an inclusive working environment, where individuality is celebrated. Every one of us is unique and we take pride in that. It is important to us that we continue to build a culture where everybody has a voice so that different perspectives can flourish. In early 2021, we pledged to accelerate the evolution of our business, operations and publishing lists to ensure that our workforce and the books we publish are better representatives of UK society. Read the latest report on our progress and the programme of tangible, concrete actions we’re delivering to achieve this positive change in our 2022 Inclusion and Representation Action Plan.
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