Our vision is for our workforce and our publishing lists to be representative of society
What does diversity and inclusion mean for Bonnier Books UK?
Ultimately, our vision is for our workforce and our publishing lists to be representative of society. This is “the right thing to do” from a social perspective, but at the end of the day it is about building a modern, relevant publishing business that will thrive creatively and commercially for decades to come.
How will you realise this vision?
We have identified three key areas: recruit, retain and develop talent from all backgrounds and build a truly inclusive culture, where everybody can thrive; work hard to spread the love of reading and listening to books to all people; and broaden our talent pipeline, reaching out to the changemakers of tomorrow and persuading them to consider a career in our industry. These three areas all come together in our newly launched Diversity and Inclusion Plan.
Could you please tell us more about the Diversity and Inclusion Plan?
To achieve meaningful progress, we knew we had to be accountable and to be accountable we had to measure. Our first step was to commission research into our workforce, publishing list, recruitment pool, and gender pay gap. It was invaluable in helping us to identify our priorities as a business – these priorities then informed our action plan. One of the key findings of this research was that our recruitment pool broadly mirrors our workforce, demonstrating to us the need to be more pro-active in our approach.
As proud supporters of the BBC Creative Allies initiative, we are committed to creating positive change at Bonnier Books UK using the RIVERS six streams of inclusion. This is a toolkit that provides a route for creative sector organisations to recruit, develop and retain diverse talent.
The action plan has been put together with a long-term view – we know we will not achieve meaningful change overnight and that progress will not always be linear. We do not see diversity and inclusion as a level for competing with other publishers, and so we are committed to being open, transparent
and sharing our learnings along the way.