Penguin Random House Australia is committed to promoting literacy in our community, and is proud to support the Indigenous Literacy Foundation as our major charity partner. We also support a handful of other wonderful organisations who share our passion for literacy, creativity and community. We fundamentally believe that literacy leaves a legacy of good in our world.
Indigenous Literacy Foundation
The Indigenous Literacy Foundation aims to raise literacy levels and improve the lives and opportunities of indigenous children living in remote Australian communities, by drawing upon the skills, generosity and expertise of the Australian book industry.
Each year, Penguin Random House embark on its annual campaign to raise funds for the ILF through activities such as holding annual public books sale across our office and distribution sites and staff initiatives to promote Indigenous Literacy Day.
We are enormously proud to be one of your charities of choice and to acknowledge the hard work that has been done by such a passionate and committed team. Thank you for helping make what we do sustainable, for helping us bridge the literacy gap and for making a very real difference in the lives of children in remote Australia.
– Karen Williams, Executive Director Indigenous Literacy Foundation.
The Sydney Story Factory
The Sydney Story Factory is a not-for-profit creative writing centre that hosts a comprehensive program of workshops aimed at children and young adults between the ages of 7 and 17. The programs prioritise marginalised young people and are designed by literacy experts to improve kids' written and oral communication skills, nurture their creativity and deepen their engagement with learning.
Penguin Random House has partnered with the Sydney Story Factory since it opened its doors in 2011. We’re proud to have helped the SSF create and publish its first anthology: I Met a Martian and Other Stories, a collection from some fantastic Australian writers and some of the organisation’s first ever students. In 2014 we supported the SSF in publishing Home, stories gathered from the local Redfern community. And in 2015, we published an anthology of stories titled The Simple Act of Reading and we continue to make a financial pledge each year.
Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library, facilitated by United Way Australia, aims to improve the literacy of children living in disadvantaged communities by delivering one free book per month to children from birth to five years old.
Children registered for the Imagination Library receive age-appropriate books that are carefully chosen for them by a team of experts, and include classic favourites and bestselling titles by Australian and international authors such as Pamela Allen, Aaron Blabey, Graeme Base, Lynley Dodd, Mem Fox, Hazel Edwards, Alison Lester, Margaret Wild and Tim Winton.
Penguin Random House Australia has supplied Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library since 2013. It is a unique partnership that has delivered more than 100,000 books to nearly 6,000 children in some of Australia’s most disadvantaged communities.
The Footpath Library
Established in 2003, The Footpath Library grew out of a simple observation and desire to make a difference. It encourages literacy and aims to enrich the quality of life of the homeless by donating books to those in need. The charity delivers free books through mobile services, libraries and stock provided to hostels, refuges and other community organisations across Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne and Perth.
The fantastic team at our Penguin Random House Distribution Centres pack six book cartons each month and deliver them to the Footpath Library storage warehouses around the country. Since 2013, we have donated over 10,000 books to this wonderful cause.
At Penguin Random House, we believe it’s essential to examine our environmental impact. This belief inspires action, and we continually monitor our emissions output and assess where we can reduce our carbon footprint through our environmental initiatives.
We're committed to minimising the environmental impact of our operations and products by adopting the principle of continuous improvement in environmental performance.
We make every effort to use Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certified papers for books produced in Australia. The FSC ensures forests are managed in a way that considers animals, plants, workers, local communities and indigenous land rights through constant monitoring and assessment. Penguin Random House is also part of the Publishers’ database for Responsible Environmental Paper Sourcing (PREPS) community, which grades paper by assessing forestry risks. All paper used to produce books in China has a minimum PREPS grading of 3 stars or FSC certification.
In addition to these initiatives, we ask our printers to adhere to the Publishers Resolution for Ethical International Manufacturing Standards (PRELIMS) code of conduct, which sets out the minimum labour and environmental standards required in our supply chain.
Penguin Random House Australia maintains an environmental management system by reviewing impacts and setting targets across our office and distribution sites. Some of our environmental initiatives include:
- A 100,000 litre rainwater collection tank that provides water for the toilet flushing system at our Collins Street office
- Dedicated co-mingle and paper recycling bins across all office and distribution sites
- Printer cartridge recycling through the Ricoh Consumable Recycling Program
- Our decommissioned IT assets are handled by APCD who remarket, redeploy donate or environmentally dispose of unwanted hardware
- 100% recycled and carbon neutral printer paper.
We expect our business partners and suppliers to work with us in meeting our environmental objectives. For our key suppliers of goods and services, environmental requirements are an integral part of new contracts and contract reviews.