In 2017, we made important progress toward all three pillars of our 2020 Sustainability Plan.

Our biggest accomplishments

Improved access to education for disadvantaged groups

Through products and services like our developmental product portfolio, MyPedia, Connections Academy, and the AcceleratED Pathways program, we helped learners overcome barriers to improve their learning outcomes.

Encouraged innovation for low-income learners

Funded and coached employees to develop new business models that support underserved learners through the Tomorrow’s Markets Incubator, and reached over 650,000 learners in six countries through Pearson Affordable Learning Fund (PALF) portfolio companies.  

Advanced education in emergencies

Launched a new mobile learning app and programs in three schools in Jordan through our Every Child Learning partnership with Save the Children.  

Empowered girls and women

Awarded 1,037 BTEC qualifications to women in Zimbabwe and Ghana as part of our partnership with Camfed.    

Raised awareness and mobilized action on illiteracy

Shed light on adult illiteracy in the US and UK through Project Literacy’s “Give Your Word” campaign.  

Explored the future of skills

Released new research, The Future of Skills: Employment in 2030, in partnership with the University of Oxford and Nesta, with the aim of helping ensure students in today's education system develop the skills to succeed in the workplace of the future.  

Developed thought leadership

Produced research on social innovation with Business Fights Poverty; Promising Practices on Refugee Education with Save the Children and UNHCR; a Guide to Becoming a 21st Century Teacher with UNICEF, Point B and Mawlamyine University; and Towards a Reskilling Revolution A Future of Jobs for All with the World Economic Forum, Boston Consulting Group, and other partners.  

Promoted the UN Sustainable Development Goals

CEO John Fallon served as a commissioner on the Business & Sustainable Development Commission, which in 2017 launched a report showing the enormous business opportunity to achieve the SDGs.  

Completed a human rights assessment

Reviewed how our operations, products and services, and the activities of our business partners impact people inside and outside of Pearson.  

Reduced environmental impact

Met our goal to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 50% from a 2009 baseline.  

Supported gender equality

Released our first gender pay report in the United Kingdom and continue to work towards its target to report in other geographies.  

Strengthened our commitment to inclusive content

Introduced a global editorial policy to ensure content is appropriate, effective, and relevant for all learners, for the 21st century and beyond.  

Supported global and local communities

Made over $2 million in Kiva loans to 43,000+ micro-entrepreneurs in 82 countries, and mobilized 1000+ employees in 15 cities for North America Volunteer Day.  

Upgraded our reporting

Followed the new Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) Standards (see more on our Reporting & Policies).  

Received awards
  • Corporate Knights World’s 100 Most Sustainable Companies (4th year)
  • Dow Jones Sustainability Index (6th year)
  • FTSE4Good (6th year)
  • Human Rights Campaign Corporate Equality Index (5th year)

See our Awards & Recognition