Our mission at Hachette UK is to make it easy for everyone to discover new worlds of ideas, learning, entertainment and opportunity. As a Publisher with a reputation as a leader in Equality, Diversity & inclusion through our Changing the Story pillar, our aim is to demystify publishing and have a workforce and publishing that fully reflects our society and readers.
We also have a responsibility to promote equality, diversity, and inclusion (EDI) in all aspects of our business. To achieve this, here are some of our aims and focus of EDI at Hachette UK.
Increasing representation: We want to increase the representation of underrepresented groups in all areas of our publishing, including authors, editors, and publishers and remove all barriers to entry for all.
Creating a welcoming environment through our policies and practices: A sense of belonging and inclusion is key to creating a welcoming environment for all employees, regardless of their background.
Promoting diverse content: We are publishing and promoting diverse content that reflects the experiences of underrepresented groups, for example through our publishing divisions such as Dialogue and prizes such as our THRIVE network initiative ‘Grow Your Story’ which is a fiction development programme for writers from Black, and Asian backgrounds.
Providing mentorship and support: We offer mentorship programmes to our employees from underrepresented groups to help them thrive and succeed in the industry. This includes our Diverse Future leaders programme and our leading publishing traineeship both of which connects them with mentors who can provide guidance and support.
Creating partnerships: We are committed to promoting EDI through our programmes. To achieve this we have partnered with organisations such as Creative Access, which helps us to recruit exceptional talent from under-represented groups for our traineeship programme. This programme focuses on making publishing more accessible to under-represented groups, as part of our ‘Changing the Story’ vision for diversity and inclusion. We have also partnered with Springpod who supported our virtual work experience for 15-18 year olds, giving them an opportunity to learn about the industry. Additionally, we are supporting ACEN’s Black Student Conference. Partnering with these organisations will enable us to achieve our mission.
By promoting equality, diversity, and inclusion, we can ensure that everyone has an equal opportunity to succeed and contribute to our people, publishing, outreach and industry.