Pearson launches 2016 Sustainability Report

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By John Fallon, CEO of Pearson

When we launched our 2020 Sustainability Plan last year, we committed to integrate social and environmental issues more deeply into every aspect of the company. This will not only make our business more resilient and more sustainable, but also help us make a greater contribution to some of the most intractable issues in education today.

While 2016 was a challenging year for Pearson, we’re investing more than ever before to build a more digital, sustainable business that helps people make progress in their lives through learning. With 250 million children in school but not learning and 500 million young people and adults out of work, we have an opportunity and a responsibility to help more people obtain the skills they need to get good jobs and build better lives.

I am proud of the progress we have made in 2016. We expanded our presence in online learning, launched an incubator to develop products for underserved markets, and invested in digital platforms and services that are shaping the future of learning. We were recognized as one of the World’s 100 Most Sustainable Companies for the third year and have again been included on the Dow Jones Sustainability and FTSE4Good Indices.

Our transition to digital is making our business more efficient and more effective. It’s allowing us to simplify our operations and supply chain, reduce our costs, and shrink our environmental footprint. Technology will also play a key part in our efforts to expand access and improve affordability for learners from all backgrounds.

This report outlines many accomplishments from last year. However, there is much more we need to do. We’ll continue to work towards delivering on our Sustainability Plan by setting more ambitious targets and reporting on our progress to achieve them. As a founding signatory of the United Nations Global Compact, we remain committed to embedding its ten principles, spanning human rights, labor, the environment, anti-corruption into our strategies and operations, and are aligning our efforts with the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

We believe that expanding access to quality learning is the best way to tackle inequality and to build a better educated, more tolerant and connected world. That shared belief across our organization is what drives us everyday to build a more sustainable business.

2016 Sustainability Report

Our Annual Sustainability Report 
Our 2016 Sustainability Report shows the progress we have made to create value for our business, our stakeholders, and our world.

See our 2016 Sustainability Report


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