As the world’s learning company, Pearson has deep expertise in educational research, programs and new approaches to supporting learners throughout their lifetime. As a result, we proudly participate in government policy discussions to share our perspective and inform their deliberations. We do so alongside thousands of organizations including colleges and universities, labor unions, corporations, churches and charities.
In 2017, Pearson spent $3.2 million on lobbying-related activities in the United States, our largest market. We comply with all federal lobbying disclosure reporting requirements in the USA.
Pearson expressly prohibits the use of company funds for making political contributions. Pearson does not make direct contributions or donations to political parties or candidates anywhere around the world, nor do we operate Political Action Committees.
Our engagement with policy makers supports our mission to help people in their lives through learning. We use our government affairs professionals to share research and information with policy makers and advocate for equity in education. We do not set policy; rather, we inform government officials on policy considerations that support greater access to high-quality learning materials, technologies and services for learners of all ages. We also help our customers implement the decisions that come from policy leaders. We are a member of a number of trade associations, which focus on public policy issues covering education, publishing and technology. The Global Government Relations team manages many of our memberships. These include the Association of American Publishers, The Publishers Association (UK), the CBI and the Software Information Industry Association. We closely monitor trade association’s activities to ensure that they remain aligned with Pearson’s high standards and professionalism.
We adhere to global policies which reflect Pearson’s values to be brave, imaginative, decent and accountable, and which inform our approach to engagement with government officials. These policies include our Code of Conduct and our Anti-Bribery and Corruption (ABC) Policy. They commit employees to a set of standards and requirements that enable Pearson to be a trusted business partner, and ultimately to deliver on its mission to help learners succeed. Our policies can be found on our website. These policies apply to all Pearson personnel, Directors and our business partners.
Political activities are overseen through our corporate governance structures. Our Reputation and Responsibility Committee, which reports to our Board, provides corporate oversight of our lobbying activities. More information on Pearson’s governance can be found on our governance page and in our Annual Report.