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Sustainable Production

Unsustainable production is one of the biggest challenges for the planet and humanity. Bonnier Books plays an important part in driving positive change throughout our supply chain and we are working hard to ensure a sustainable production process. We believe this is a prerequisite for success and a case of taking responsibility as a family-owned company over many generations.

At the same time, sustainability is multifaceted and entails both operational and strategical considerations, not the least in the production related decisions that we make. As an example, we are committed to significantly reducing our greenhouse gas emissions, a target that is impossible to reach without forward-thinking and strategical cooperations supported by a mutual view of the importance of a sustainable supply chain, in conjunction with our suppliers and manufacturers.

Our work in minimizing our footprint is important and we are working to reduce our impact in more ways than just reducing emissions and carbon offsetting. In the production of our books, we do it in several ways, below are some examples.

Policy

We have a Group-wide policy for how we produce our books, which is connected to four of the UN’s sustainability goals, the Global Goals, where our book production has the greatest impact:

Naturally, we want to contribute as much as we can and therefore consider it as obvious that the Global Goals permeate our production policy.

Measurability

We have developed a system for measuring the work of our printers according to three focus areas: environment, materials and working conditions. This enables us to drive measurable development over time, motivate and compare our suppliers and provide concrete feedback in areas where improvements are required.

We call the system EVA; Evaluate, Validate, Approve.

Code of Conduct

All the manufacturers and printers that we work with must sign a Code of Conduct. This is a document that describes the minimum requirements we set for working conditions, employment conditions, and the environment. This includes, among other things, responsible use of water and material sourcing.

We use an industry-leading Code of Conduct developed by the Book Chain Project, of which Bonnier Books, as well as most of the largest international publishing groups, are active participants. Our Code of Conduct is based on international standards and laws; the ILO Conventions, the United Nations Declaration of Human Rights, and the ETI Basecode.

What happens next?

The technology of printing has changed the way people think and how we view the world. The modern art of letterpress printing can be equated with a revolution, comparable to the agricultural and industrial revolutions. We are now in the starting blocks of a sustainability revolution, which in scope and strength is equal to the previously mentioned revolutions, but which is happening at the same rapid pace as the digital revolution.

It is reasonable to assume that in the next few years we will experience changes that we have not previously been able to imagine, faster than we could have imagined, and to an extent that we have never seen before. This entails both challenges and opportunities for our manufacturing suppliers and for Bonnier Books.

The journey for Bonnier Books has just begun, but we look forward to it with enthusiasm and energy!

If you cannot find what you are looking for or if you have any questions regarding our sustainability commitments, please email sustainability@bonnierbooks.com.