Highlights

In 2016, we made important progress toward all three pillars of our 2020 Sustainability Plan.

Integrating sustainability

Launched our 2020 Sustainability Plan

Based on three pillars — being a trusted partner, reaching more learners, and shaping the future of learning — our plan is designed to strengthen our business.

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Published our first GRI Report

We applied the Global Reporting Initiative G4 principles to help define the content of our report.

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Received awards

We were recognized as one of the World’s 100 Most Sustainable Companies for the third year and have again been included in the Dow Jones Sustainability and FTSE4Good Indices. In 2017, we were named Media Sector leader for the Dow Jones Sustainability Index.

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Showed that our products can help underserved learners

Demonstrated how Pearson's MyLab & Mastering and Bug Club have been effective for students from disadvantaged backgrounds or who need extra help

Supported pay equality

Set a target to publish gender pay details for our UK businesses by 2018 and extend our reporting on gender pay to cover our global operations by 2020

Fostered employee learning and advancement

Launched Pearson U, including Technology Academy, to support our employees and our digital transformation

Committed to inclusive content

Set a target to roll out new Global Content Principles by 2020 to ensure content is appropriate, effective, and relevent for all learners, for the 21st century and beyond

Reduced our environmental impact

Cut our absolute carbon footprint by 13.7% year-on-year.

Supported global entrepreneurship

Ranked as the #2 partner company on Kiva, with the second highest number of loans and most new users. We have made $1.3m in loans to 31,000+ Kiva borrowers in 78 countries, with 40% of Pearson employees participating globally.

Supported people with disabilities

Set a target to ensure that by 2020, 100% of our digital portfolio will be fully accessible to people with disabilities

Fostered innovation

Launched the Tomorrow’s Markets Incubator to benefit low-income communities, with 167 teams applying

Advanced emergency education

Pledged to extend our Every Child Learning partnership with Save the Children focused on developing innovative solutions for delivering education in emergencies and conflict-affected settings

Empowered girls and women

Reached 120,000+ girls in secondary school through our Camfed partnership in East Africa and awarded 567 BTEC qualifications to mentors

Fought illiteracy

Doubled our Project Literacy network to 90 partners

Supported innovation in education

Contributed to World Economic Forum research on innovation in education

Promoted the UN Sustainable Development Goals

CEO John Fallon served as a commissioner on the Business & Sustainable Development Commission

Partnered for adaptive learning

Launched partnership with IBM Watson to develop a virtual, personal tutor to improve education access and outcomes

Advanced collective action for education

Represented the private sector on the multi-stakeholder Global Partnership for Education for the 4th year